Monday, September 21, 2020
Photo Of USMMA Midshipman With Class Ring
Blog

It’s Time For Kings Point To Step Up To The Plate

by Captain John Konrad (gCaptain) The United States Merchant Marine Academy (USMMA) at Kings Point (KP), New York is our nation’s only service academy dedicated to an industry but, because...

September 21, 2020
Total Views: 1453

Tuesday, September 15, 2020
Blog

Watch: gCaptain’s Impassioned Call For Change

It’s time, to be honest. gCaptain is overwhelmed and the industry is breaking. (Note: This is part one of a two part video. Click here to watch PART2) And here’s...

September 15, 2020
Total Views: 225

Monday, August 3, 2020
National Security Multi-Mission Vessel
Maritime News

U.S. House Appropriations Bill Includes $389 Million for New TAMUG Training Ship

Texas A&M University’s maritime academy is one step closer to getting a full-fledged training ship with the U.S. House’s passing of its 2021 appropriations bill. Texas’ delegation in Congress successfully...

August 3, 2020
Total Views: 351

Thursday, April 9, 2020
Maritime News

A New Day for the American Merchant Marine: The Philly Shipyard and National Security Multi-Mission Vessels

By Salvatore R. Mercogliano, Ph.D. – National Maritime Day (May 22) came a month earlier than usual with the announcement by the Maritime Administration and TOTE Services, LLC, that Philly Shipyard,...

April 9, 2020
Total Views: 535

Monday, September 23, 2019
Interesting

The Long Gray Line – Turbo Activation 2019

By Salvatore R. Mercogliano, Ph.D. – On Monday, September 16, 2019, the United States Transportation Command ordered the no-notice activation of 28 out of the 61 ships held in the reserve...

September 23, 2019
Total Views: 84

Wednesday, September 18, 2019
U.S. Transportation Command turbo activation
Interesting

Ready or Not, Here Comes the Ready Reserve Force!

By Sal Mercogliano, Ph.D. – In a week punctuated by a drone missile strike on two oil production plants in Abqaiq, Saudi Arabia, the United States Transportation Command on Monday...

September 18, 2019
Total Views: 74

Tuesday, September 17, 2019
Interesting

U.S. Orders Large-Scale Turbo Activation Exercise of Ready Reserve Force Ships

The U.S. Department of Defense has ordered a large-scale turbo activation of ships in the U.S. Maritime Administration’s (MARAD) Ready Reserve Force fleet.  The turbo activation is part of a...

September 17, 2019
Total Views: 117

Tuesday, August 13, 2019
mv cape henry fire
Maritime News

Fire Reported in Engine Room of MARAD Vessel MV Cape Henry

A small fire broke out in the engine room of the U.S. Maritime Administration vessel Cape Henry at its layberth in Alameda, California. The San Francisco Fire Department was alerted...

August 13, 2019
Total Views: 101

Wednesday, July 31, 2019
mississippi shipping
Maritime News

MARAD Designates New Marine Highway Projects

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Maritime Administration (MARAD) has announced the designation of nine Marine Highway Projects and a Marine Highway Route, helping shift the transportation of cargo and people...

July 31, 2019
Total Views: 8

Wednesday, July 24, 2019
MSRC skimming vessel
Maritime News

Sea Machines and MARAD to Demonstrate Autonomous Tech in Oil-Spill Response Operations

Boston-based Sea Machines Robotics says it has entered into cooperative agreement with the U.S. Maritime Administration to test the use of autonomous technology in marine oil-spill response operations. Under the...

July 24, 2019
Total Views: 10

Tuesday, May 7, 2019
Maritime News

Watch: Maritime Administrator Buzby Discusses Need for Larger U.S. Merchant Fleet

In this interview, U.S. Maritime Administrator, Rear Admiral Mark Buzby, discusses the need to build a bigger U.S. merchant marine fleet to support global operations and support American trade and...

May 7, 2019
Total Views: 25

Tuesday, April 30, 2019
SSEADIS
Environment

Short Sea Distribution, New York’s $40+ Million Shipping Prize

by Captain John Konrad (gCaptain) A perfect storm of new challenges and spiraling cost for truck drivers in New York City has resulted in a tsunami of political support for Short Sea...

April 30, 2019
Total Views: 843

Friday, December 7, 2018
cargo ship
Maritime News

U.S. Yet to Finalize National Maritime Strategy Addressing Challenges to U.S.-Flag Fleet, GAO Says

The U.S. Department of Transportation is yet to finalize national maritime strategies that were called were called for in two separate mandates by Congress in 2014, delaying providing decision-makers the...

December 7, 2018
Total Views: 64

Friday, September 28, 2018
Short Sea Shipping In Germany
Blog

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...

September 28, 2018
Total Views: 35

Wednesday, September 19, 2018
USMMA Kings Point Graduation
Defense

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...

September 19, 2018
Total Views: 79

Wednesday, August 1, 2018
Truck Traffic on a bridge
Maritime News

Conference Hopes To Respark US Marine Highways

Roads around the New York metro area, and up and down many parts of the East Coast, are increasingly congested. The congestion increases air pollution, leads to poor roads, and...

August 1, 2018
Total Views: 10

Friday, July 27, 2018
Space Force Astronaut
Blog

Space Force, How About A Maritime Force?

by Salvatore R. Mercogliano, Ph.D – On June 18, 2018, President Donald Trump, before a meeting of the National Space Council announced his plan for the Department of the Defense to...

July 27, 2018
Total Views: 117

Tuesday, June 19, 2018
Defense

VIDEO: Why Did You Join The Merchant Marine?

In an our editorial last month titled Top 10 Reasons Why The US Merchant Marine Is Failing, I asserted that the US Maritime Administration ignores the media, doesn’t share good news,...

June 19, 2018
Total Views: 12

Wednesday, June 6, 2018
Blog

Search Begins For New USMMA Superintendent

by John Konrad (gCaptain) Today the US Maritime Administration (MARAD) has posted the position of USMMA Superintendent to USAjobs, the first step in replacing James Helis, the former Army Colonel who was...

June 6, 2018
Total Views: 54

Sunday, June 3, 2018
Point-class roll-on/roll-off sealift ship
Defense

A First Step In a True Cooperative Strategy on Sea Power

by Salvatore R. Mercogliano, Ph.D – There are many issues that impact the American maritime industry and the merchant marine, and trying to develop a comprehensive strategy is a daunting challenge....

June 3, 2018
Total Views: 17