Captain Has License Suspended for Failing to Avoid a Collision While Navigating Through Crowd

The captain of a Portland river cruise has had his Merchant Mariners Credential suspended for navigating his vessel through a crowd of watercraft attending an event on the Willamette River on August 1, 2015. An administrative judge with the Coast Guard ruled Tuesday that Lowell Gillespie Jr., the captain of the Portland Spirit, had violated Rule 8 of the Inland Navigation … [Read more...]

Five (Or More) Short Blasts – On Sounding The Danger Signal

This is PART 3 of a series about the COLREGs. Scroll down for links to Part 1 & 2  by Captain  Grant H. Livingstone The Grand Daddy of COLREGs debate and interpretation among professional mariners may be Rule 34; traditionally called the ‘Danger Signal’ five short blasts on the ships whistle.  I have sailed with professional mariners that would … [Read more...]

COLREGs – Give Way or Stand On

by Captain Grant H Livingstone Part Two out of Three Part articles on COLREGS.  Are some professional mariners unintentionally violating COLREGS in a conscientious effort to avoid close quarters situations with small boats?  A review a few of the most common violations professional mariners are being found at fault for or debate in inland waters with small boats … [Read more...]

Are Ships The Careless Giants Of The Sea?

By Captain Grant Livingstone It was late summer 36 years ago on a beautiful calm evening in the Bay of Bengal off the southern coast of India.  We had just departed Tuticorin bound east then south for Cochin.  Tuticorin being an ancient port city dating back to the 6th century AD known for its pearl diving and rich fishing grounds.  I was a brand new Jr Thrid … [Read more...]