International Shipping Crisis – What about the Professional Mariner?

By Captain George Livingstone [su_box title="Author's Note"] I have accepted an invitation from the good folks at gCaptain to become a contributing writer, this being the inaugural column. Briefly, I am an academy graduate, pilot and State Pilot Commissioner with 36 continuous years of sea service. I have co-authored or been contributing author on two separate … [Read more...]

USCG rolls out new Towing Vessel National Center of Expertise website

The USCG has just rolled out a new website for their Towing Vessel National Center of Expertise (TVNCOE), located in Paducah, KY. Every tugboater in the United States should bookmark this site, and take advantage of the available resources contained within. The TVNCOE's Vision and Mission statements are: Vision The Towing Vessel National Center of Expertise is the Coast … [Read more...]

AIS – Check your GPS Offset For Errors

The Nautical Institute's AIS error reports webpage tells us: I have observed too many vessels with wrong data transmitted by their AIS. Mostly headings are not correct, but the main problem - is offset correction given by GPS. If GPS has offset correction (set by navigator on bridge) then AIS transmits wrong vessel's position (equal to offset). You can watch now on ECDIS … [Read more...]

From Ship to Space – Rocket Platforms at Sea

Our favorite competitor in professional mariner news,, recently had an exceptional post on maritime technology used to launch rockets into space.  Having seen ships being used as a Hospital, University, Museum, promoting fashion, its time now to see a ship being used as a Platform to launch satellites. Sea Launch is preparing to launch a Zenit-3SL rocket with … [Read more...]