Friday, November 16, 2007
Oil Spill

VTS Warning to Cosco Busan Pilot

National news sources are publishing a story about the VTS warning to the Cosco Busan’s pilot Jim Cota. In a story titled “Ship Got No Alert From Coast Guard” the...

November 16, 2007
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Tuesday, November 13, 2007
Oil Spill

San Francisco Pilot’s Report Published

The San Francisco Chronicle has published the Pilot’s Report on the Cosco Busan Incident. Here are the parts of interest to mariners; Meadows said problems also cropped up in “bridge...

November 13, 2007
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Monday, November 12, 2007
Oil Spill

Cosco Busan – Questions For Investigators

Chronicle photo by Michael Macor After visits from California powerbrokers Arnold Schwarzenegger and Diane Feinstein yesterday the head of the US Coast Guard, Admiral Thad Allen, joined the inspection team....

November 12, 2007
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Sunday, November 11, 2007

Bridge Resource Management – A New Focus On Watchkeeping

First a note… I am publishing this short clip ahead of my next article because of its importance! While preparing our upcoming “questions for investigators” article on the Cosco Busan...

November 11, 2007
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Wednesday, November 7, 2007

UHF / VHF Bluetooth Headsets for the Mariner

Panbo, our favorite marine electronics blog, brings us Standard Horizon’s new Bluetooth Enabled Headset for marine VHF radios (amazon link). They tell us; Standard Horizon plans to introduce this Bluetooth...

November 7, 2007
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Sunday, October 28, 2007

Ideas for a new ECDIS

Techcrunch brings us the Dash in-car GPS navigator; Map mashups may be one of the coolest things on the Web, but they would be even cooler in your car. Dash...

October 28, 2007
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Thursday, October 25, 2007

Lost in Translation – French Humor

Tim’s Times has a conversation that put a big smile on our faces and reminded me of my favorite TV commercial. Here’s the story: You have to imagine a heavy...

October 25, 2007
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Monday, October 22, 2007

errata and a look inside the mind of a ship’s captain.

On a recent story I confused the Norwegian Dawn with the Norwegian Dream. The error itself is small but the implications are large and the reason for the error gives...

October 22, 2007
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Monday, September 24, 2007

reader map

In preparation for our announcement of 200,000 page views since launching gCaptain this May I wanted to share some of our user information with you. Of course we would never...

September 24, 2007
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Sunday, August 12, 2007

A Mariner’s Telephone Prayers Answered

When I started sailing commercial ships (10+ years ago now) I made a promise to myself that I’d quit when my first child was born. Now as I write this...

August 12, 2007
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Friday, August 10, 2007

DSC for the Handheld Marine VHF

As mates, masters and pilots of really big ships we get plenty of bragging rights on the waterfront but the small guys have one thing on us, cool handheld electronics....

August 10, 2007
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Tuesday, July 17, 2007

Best Handhelf Marine VHF Icom M72

Richard’s Maritime Ramblings blog has a great post on thier favorite handheld VHF radio, the Icom IC-M72. While I am certainly not up to date on the latest handheld technology...

July 17, 2007
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Monday, July 2, 2007

How long have you been at sea? – Video

How long have you been at sea?

July 2, 2007
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Thursday, June 7, 2007

MARAD Outfitting Ships with Wireless Networks

Maritime Links has a story on Shipboard Wireless Networking upgrades on MARAD Vessels: In times of wars or emergencies, it falls to the Transportation Department’s Maritime Administration to ensure that...

June 7, 2007
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Tuesday, May 15, 2007

GMDSS or how I stopped worrying about and started to love/miss the Radio Officer

It think even those of us who are experts in technology are blow away by some of the capabilities today. Going to a Maritime Academy in the 90’s gave me...

May 15, 2007
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