Tuesday, March 6, 2012

iPad Charting Apps – Has ECDIS Reached the Small Screen?

In just two short years, Apple’s iPad has grown to dominate the world of tablet computing with over 48 million units sold. Tomorrow Apple is set to

March 6, 2012
Total Views: 261

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

China’s Homegrown GPS Begins Operation

BEIJING (Dow Jones)–China has begun operating a homegrown satellite navigation service that is designed to provide an alternative to the U.S. Global

December 27, 2011
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Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Digital Charts – NOAA Takes Technological Leap Forward in Creating Navigational Charts

NOAA’s development of a new navigational chart processing system, designed to meet the changing needs of the maritime community, moves into initial

September 20, 2011
Total Views: 64

Wednesday, June 29, 2011
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gCaptain vs. a Chemical Tanker

Ok folks, gCaptain was once again in another crossing situation with a tanker this past weekend.  We seem to be pretty good at finding ourselves in these

June 29, 2011
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Monday, April 4, 2011

NOAA announces new members of the Hydrographic Services Review Panel

NOAA Administrator Jane Lubchenco has appointed nine new members to the Hydrographic Services Review Panel, a federal advisory committee that gives NOAA

April 4, 2011
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Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Expansion of World-Wide Navigational Warning System into Arctic waters marked by IMO, WMO and IHO chiefs

On the first day of the 15th session of the IMO Sub-Committee on Radiocommunications, Search and Rescue, a ceremony took place to celebrate the expansion of

March 8, 2011
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Sunday, January 9, 2011

Piloting Arctic Waters And Other Major Shifts In Navigation

The following article by CDR Michael Hendersen, Navigation Manager NOAA was originally published in the December 2010 edition of CAMM , Council Of American

January 9, 2011
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Wednesday, January 5, 2011
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IALA Update – The New International Buoyage System

Despite the availability of satellite navigation systems, and ships that are awash with electronics, maritime buoyage still matters, particularly in pilotage

January 5, 2011
Total Views: 47

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

UAV technology to help British sailing team by predicting weather

The use of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV) has been a popular topic of discussion here at gCaptain and has been associated with a variety uses ranging from

December 8, 2010
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Monday, November 29, 2010

Engaging Your Senses – Future Bridge Technology

I miss the ticks of the analogue gyro repeater. Today’s gyro compasses are more functional and easy to interface with modern electronic systems but they

November 29, 2010
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Thursday, November 25, 2010

ECDIS: Discovery or Disconnect?

Regulators and suppliers are going full steam for ECDIS; But are shipowners and officers onboard? Today and tomorrow hundreds of the ECDIS faithful are

November 25, 2010
Total Views: 4

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

USCG issues advisory on cell phone use

Recently, the USCG issued a Marine Safety Alert warning operators to have policies in place on the use of cells phones and other devices that may distract crew

November 2, 2010
Total Views: 94

Saturday, October 30, 2010

The Most Remote Places on Earth – Mapped

From the gCaptain archives… Here at gCaptain, we are a big fan of maps and when you came across this one, we couldn’t help but to post here on

October 30, 2010
Total Views: 183

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

The Most Dangerous Hour In Shipping

Question: What is The most dangerous hour in shipping? Answer: 22:24 to 23:45 There are three watches aboard ship 00-04 (i.e. 0000 to 0400 and 1600 to 2200) is

October 20, 2010
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Friday, October 8, 2010

‘Charting a More Perfect Union’: NOAA releases Civil War chart collection

U.S. Coast Survey cartographers traveled with Union forces to produce battlefield maps during the Civil War (Map of the Battlefield of Chickamauga). Credit:

October 8, 2010
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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

September 14, 2010
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Friday, August 27, 2010

M/V Nordic Barents set to take on Northern Sea Route

A historic event is set to take place in Northern Norway in early September, as a bulk carrier with a non-Russian flag will use the Northern Sea Route as

August 27, 2010
Total Views: 73

Friday, August 20, 2010

Dude, you can get YouTube on the ECDIS!

High-speed Internet connectivity on merchant ships and unintended consequences By Ryan Skinner (email) Since early this year, ships running at least one make

August 20, 2010
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Sunday, August 1, 2010

Critical Alarms – Are they being monitored, inhibited or both?

Photo by InfoClog Where the Alarms on the Deepwater Horizon being monitored, were they inhibited?  Yes and Yes. This morning the Sunday New York Times had an

August 1, 2010
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Thursday, July 29, 2010

Moon Setting on Calm Water

The above photo was taken using a technique we published in a story titled “Shipboard Digital Camera Tricks“. Many more great moon pictures by the

July 29, 2010
Total Views: 277