Graded Assertiveness: Captain, I Have a Concern…

By Rich Madden - Last year, I was inbound to a port-that-will-remain-nameless, with the local pilot at the conn.  As we maneuvered up a winding channel, the channel curved to port, yet the pilot ordered starboard rudder as we approached the next turn.  Our 3rd officer, who had been onboard for over two months already and well-drilled in bridge resource management … [Read more...]

LIVE VIDEO: Congress Examines EL FARO Marine Casualty Reports

  https://youtu.be/1AOZ1QoQp2Q Above is the YouTube Live video of a hearing on the EL FARO Marine Casualty Report by the Subcommittee on Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation. It is gCaptain's hope that ambiguities in the USCG Commandant's Final Action Memo are addressed. Summary of Subject Matter Background Materials:  U.S. Coast Guard El … [Read more...]

Eight Survivors Recovered From Missing Kiribati Ferry

by Stephen Coates (Reuters) - New Zealand military planes on Monday were scouring a section of the Pacific Ocean for more survivors from the missing ferry MV Butiraoi after eight people were rescued from a dingy that was adrift for days. The survivors, including an unconscious teenage girl, were safely transferred to a nearby fishing vessel late on Sunday, Defence Force Air … [Read more...]

Argentina Fires Top Admiral After Submarine Tragedy

by Nicolas Misculin (Reuters) - Argentina fired the head of its navy a month after a submarine disappeared in the South Atlantic with 44 crew members onboard, a government spokesman said on Saturday. Letting go of Navy Admiral Marcelo Eduardo Hipólito Srur was the first known disciplinary action taken by President Mauricio Macri’s administration since contact was lost … [Read more...]