Norwegian Frigate Intentionally Grounded Collision with Oil Tanker

Update: AIS animation shows the collision between Sola TS and KNM Helge Ingstad. By Terje Solsvik and Ole Petter Skonnord OSLO, Nov 8 (Reuters) - An oil tanker and a Norwegian navy frigate collided off Norway's west coast on Thursday, injuring eight people and triggering the temporary shutdown of a North Sea crude export terminal, Norway's top gas processing plant and … [Read more...]

U.S. Navy Conducts Biggest Ever Japan Defense War Game

By Tim Kelly (Reuters) - U.S. fighter jets darted over the Western Pacific on Saturday as the nuclear powered USS Ronald Reagan aircraft carrier joined Japanese destroyers and a Canadian warship for the biggest combat readiness war game ever staged in and around Japan. Japan and the United States have mobilized 57,000 sailors, marines and airmen for the biennial Keen Sword … [Read more...]

After Decades Of Failure I Am Confident Short Sea Shipping Will Return To The USA. Here’s Why.

  Today's episode of The REAL gCaptain Podcast was recorded in the wake of the Blue Highway Conference hosted by SUNY Maritime College.  We report on major work being done by MARAD and maritime industry stakeholders to defibrillate the once vibrant but now ailing near coastal and inland waterway transportation system.  In this podcast we ask the … [Read more...]

A Simple Way To Prevent Fatalities At Sea

The saying goes that today's marine safety regulations where written in the blood of mariners who sailed before us... but is that statement true? Or is the USCG and IMO forgetting important lessons from the past? In today's episode of The REAL gCaptain Podcast we explore historical incident investigations and propose a simple idea for preventing future fatalities at … [Read more...]

Should MARAD Close The US Merchant Marine Academy At Kings Point?

In today's episode of The REAL gCaptain Podcast we take a harsh look at the United States Merchant Marine Academy (USMMA), a federal college that provides free tuition to American merchant marine officers. In this episode we share both sides of the debate and I offer my own unvarnished answer to the question... should MARAD close the US Merchant Marine Academy at King's … [Read more...]