A Fresh Look At Bridge Resource Management

Shortly after graduating SUNY Maritime College in 2000 I was required to enroll in a Bridge Resource Management before I could sail on my new US Coast Guard Third Officers license. BRM training came from the aviation industry’s Crew Resource Management (CRM). This training focuses on group dynamics, leadership, interpersonal communications and decision making. One of the most … [Read more...]

To Be Or To Do – A Naval Career In The Wake Of The USS Fitzgerald & McCain

By Captain John Konrad (gCaptain) Memorialized in bronze by the United States Marine Corps and actively ignored by the general officers in his own service, Colonel John Boyd was a polarizing figure. He was also a genius who is credited with changing the face of warfare forever.  During the past two months, I’ve been hitting the books, trying to understand problems which … [Read more...]

The Pilotage Paradigm

The following has been submitted by Paul Drouin of Safeship.ca and is a shortened version of the article that was published in the October 2009 edition of Seaways Magazine.  Click the link below to download the full version of the article. The Pilotage Paradigm: The need for a paradigm shift by Captain Paul Drouin and Captain Robin Heath The long sea voyage is over and the … [Read more...]

Feedback – A failure in XXX Resource Management

Perusing " A failure in XXX Resource Management" I must accept the authors concern. Although encompassing, the point is understood: the maritime industry has problems. It is mostly people and a close second is political and management oversight. Regardless of license, experience and qualification every mariner has the right and personal obligation to warn of impending danger. … [Read more...]