U.S. Warns of GPS ‘Spoofing’ in Persian Gulf

By Tony Capaccio (Bloomberg) --The U.S. military is warning that Iranian naval forces may increase “aggressive actions” against American and allied commercial ships, citing reports from crews that experienced navigation and communications jamming. “Vessels have reported GPS interference, bridge-to-bridge communications spoofing, and/or other communications jamming with … [Read more...]

Captain George Livingstone: Distraction

By Captain George Livingston - Fatigue has the official attention of the international maritime community. From the likes of the International Maritime Organization (IMO), the USA’s National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB), the UK’s Marine Accident Investigation Branch (MAIB), the Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB), etc., safety agencies worldwide have … [Read more...]

Carr: Loran C Lines in the Fog

Wayne was steering and I was navigating, but I knew we were not navigating in the way Bowditch defines the art and science of this endeavor. We were making 8 knots to stem an outgoing tide, any slower and we would have a difficult time offsetting set and drift. We had no visibility, pea soup fog had set in at sunset and we had been enduring condensation and cold for hours … [Read more...]

Panic Is Not a Panacea

By George Livingstone - There are a myriad of topics discussed in gCaptain, accidents being a natural area of focus with attention on a host of issues like training, equipment, etc. There is a subject, however, we don’t talk much about, not in gCaptain and not amongst professional mariners, panic. I certainly don’t recall any courses at the academy on the subject, nor do I … [Read more...]

Concerned Sailors Warn of Unlit Drydock Sections Floating Around Bermuda

A group of Bermuda government officials and concerned yachting professionals are warning about recent sightings of at least two large sections of an unlit dry dock reportedly floating off Bermuda. The sections are believed to belong to a drydock formerly belonging to the former Avondale Shipyard. The drydock left the Mississippi River yard in September under tow to the … [Read more...]