Saturday, August 20, 2016

Maritime Flags of Convenience Visualized

  We recently decided to get to work on some maritime visualizations. Above is a bubble graph I created representing the number of ships registered to each flag state.   This graph...

August 20, 2016
Total Views: 130

Friday, May 15, 2015

Ship Incident Rate Steady Despite New Technology – Why?

“Of all the systems on board a vessel, a human being is the most complex, and perhaps the most difficult one to integrate into a system of safer transportation.” -Tracy...

May 15, 2015
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Thursday, April 2, 2015

Playing Pirate Does Not a Sailor Make

When I first read of the rescue of the tall ship Liana’s Ransom, I contacted friends in the tall ship community to express my sadness at the loss of the...

April 2, 2015
Total Views: 91

Monday, July 22, 2013

Into the Storm – The Final Days and Decisions on Bounty

Drivers always slow down and rubberneck at car accidents, don’t they?  Like me, you may have caught yourself complaining about the practice and wondering “Why are people so morbid that...

July 22, 2013
Total Views: 105

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

The Cost of Rescue: Why Carnival Shouldn’t Pay and the U.S. Shouldn’t Accept

Should people pay for rescue when it's their fault?

April 16, 2013
Total Views: 202

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Contractors to the Rescue

The U.S. Bristow Group announced today that the United Kingdom has awarded its British affiliate a new contract to provide civilian Search and Rescue services for the entire U.K.  Beginning...

March 26, 2013
Total Views: 12

Saturday, January 7, 2012

Container Shipping Companies – The Ten Largest Visualized

UDPATED: January 2012 The data visualization above represents the worlds 10 largest container shipping companies by TEU capacity. WORLD TEU CAPACITY: 15,899,687 For those who prefer more traditional data we...

January 7, 2012
Total Views: 110

Sunday, December 11, 2011
Life Ring

Emergencies at Sea – Practicing What Can’t be Practiced

Standing on the bridge wing of a container ship years ago, a captain was telling me all about the Williamson Turn and how effective it was at putting his massive...

December 11, 2011
Total Views: 37

Thursday, November 10, 2011

The Truth About Cold Water Recovery

Sitting in the chief’s office of Coast Guard Station Fairport Harbor in Mentor, Ohio, I’m reading the legal release that I have to sign if I want to be part...

November 10, 2011
Total Views: 750

Thursday, February 24, 2011
Evacuation Services Middle East - Global Rescue

Middle East Crisis – Emergency Evacuation Advice

gCaptain has received emails today from mariners and oil workers stuck in the Middle East seeking help in evacuating the country. While there is little gCaptain can do directly we...

February 24, 2011
Total Views: 0

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

U.S. Maritime Industry Announces Second Annual Congressional “Sail-In”– May 4, 2011

The U.S. Maritime Coalition has announced that this year’s Congressional “Sail-In” will take place on Capitol Hill on May 4, 2011. The Sail-In will look to build on the success...

February 1, 2011
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Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Smells like a scandal

When consumers get cornered into buying from one supplier, they’re gonna get soaked, then pissed By Ryan Skinner (email) Through my work, I’ve become intimately acquainted with what feels like...

September 14, 2010
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Monday, August 2, 2010

Weekly Leader Podcast 60 | Captain John Konrad

Captain John Konrad is back with former podcasting partner, Peter A. Mello, to talk about the Sinking of the Deepwater Horizon and the following BP oil spill. Link to Podcast:...

August 2, 2010
Total Views: 1

Friday, July 9, 2010

Speaking of Drowning

The reaction to an article posted here on gCaptain and again here on my site has been just this side of overwhelming.  I’d like to thank everyone who reposted –...

July 9, 2010
Total Views: 7

Friday, January 8, 2010

10 Lessons Learned From Sea Shepherd

gCaptain mariners have been critical of Captain Paul Watson and his crew of non-professional mariners, stars of the reality TV show Whale Wars. Most of the comments posted to gCaptain’s...

January 8, 2010
Total Views: 57

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

The Pilotage Paradigm

The following has been submitted by Paul Drouin of and is a shortened version of the article that was published in the October 2009 edition of Seaways Magazine.  Click...

October 20, 2009
Total Views: 28

Thursday, May 28, 2009

Collision Avoidance Tip – Call his boss!

It’s the classic scenario from the Academy… You are the stand on vessel with no room to maneuver and a zero CPA contact is bearing down on you. You try...

May 28, 2009
Total Views: 19

Wednesday, April 8, 2009
Maritime Security

Maersk Alabama – Live Blogging

By the WSJ gCaptain called the Maersk Alabama at 1800 UTC and talked with the mate on watch. He answered “We are still in an emergency situation and can not...

April 8, 2009
Total Views: 23

Thursday, February 19, 2009

Foreign Flag or Flag of Convenience?

Foreign Flag or Flag of Convenience? by Ian Bowles During the glory days of empire and famous shipping lines, it would have been easy for nationalistic tendencies to come to...

February 19, 2009
Total Views: 3

Friday, December 5, 2008

BIMCO – ISF shipping industry statistics

We recently ran across some interesting statistics from a 2005 joint study on manpower from BIMCO and the ISF. Q: How many officers are currently employed aboard ships?

December 5, 2008
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