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Tuesday, September 28, 2010

USCG issues request for comments on recognition of foreign STCW certificates

As it was pointed out in the gCaptain forum, the U.S. Coast Guard has published a notice and request for comments on development of a policy for recognition of

September 28, 2010
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Wednesday, September 22, 2010

DOT Issues New Drug Testing Requirements

As many of you may already be aware, on August 16th the Department of Transportation issued a final rule amending certain provisions of its drug testing

September 22, 2010
Total Views: 20

Friday, August 27, 2010

Marshall Islands Admits Error In Deepwater Horizon Manning

During yesterday’s deepwater investigation hearings a document was released by the Marshal Islands, flag state of the Deepwater Horizon, regarding the

August 27, 2010
Total Views: 42

Thursday, July 15, 2010

USCG eliminates manning exemption for US Flagged Purse Seiners

Effective as of July 12, an important and controversial statutory exemption expired, opening doors for U.S. mariners to take back multiple positions formerly

July 15, 2010
Total Views: 41

Thursday, June 17, 2010
Oil Spill

Live Blogging Transportation Subcommittee – Hearings On Foreign Flagged MODUs

We will be live blogging the hearing officially titled “Foreign Vessel Operations in the U.S. Exclusive Economic Zone” which can be watched live

June 17, 2010
Total Views: 13

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Growth Of The Marshall Islands Flag and American Bureau of Shipping

Photo by Boat Nerd Writing this just off the deck of a newbuild in South Korea I am amazed at the market advance of two organizations, the Marshall Islands

July 14, 2009
Total Views: 58

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Hawaii Super Ferry Ceases Operations – Court Ruling

Hawaii Superferry said Monday that it will cease operations in light of a state Supreme Court ruling that it was unfairly allowed to bypass an environmental

March 17, 2009
Total Views: 151

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

“A Most Dangerous Precedent” Has Been Set With MS Steve Irwin

Fellow blogger D. Peter Boucher of Nautical Log brings us a post regarding the controversial anti-whaling vessel MS Steve Irwin.  The Nautical Log gives these

January 20, 2009
Total Views: 379

Thursday, September 25, 2008

Wakeup Call: The Road to STCW Compliance Starts to Get Bumpy…

Editorial Note: Being actively sailing mariners, the editorial team at gCaptain is concerned by recent changes to US Coast Guard policy on the licensing of

September 25, 2008
Total Views: 23

Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Where are the Merchant Marine Inspectors?

Where are the Inspectors? By John G. Denham Each day I read articles in newspapers, see TV clips and peruse blogs featuring maritime accidents. My

May 28, 2008
Total Views: 7

Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Medical Disclosure – John Cota Faces New Charges

BYM Marine and Maritime news is reporting: A federal grand jury has returned an indictment charging John Joseph Cota, a U.S. Coast Guard and California

April 23, 2008
Total Views: 12

Monday, March 31, 2008

TWIC Experience 2.0 (much better)

Four weeks ago, I had my original TWIC enrollment experience. The post is here. Today I picked up my TWIC. Last Thursday I went online to see if the

March 31, 2008
Total Views: 59

Saturday, March 15, 2008

English For Maritime Students – STCW Competency Evaluation

Photo by Oneeighteen In October of last year the Shipping & Transport College of Rotterdam held the International Maritime English Conference. A key topic

March 15, 2008
Total Views: 868

Tuesday, March 11, 2008

License Creep

(Ed. note: This entry is reposted in it’s entirety with permission from Red Right Returning. Doug Gould is a fellow tower from the East Coast.) Are you

March 11, 2008
Total Views: 119

Saturday, March 8, 2008

Rules, who needs them?

Rules, who needs them? by Captain John Denham A frequent situation popping up, expectedly in many areas in Asia and popular fishing grounds is to find oneself

March 8, 2008
Total Views: 6

Tuesday, March 4, 2008

Wilhelm Gustloff – Hitler’s Titanic

MS Wilhelm Gustloff, 9,000 lives lost in 1945 With a death toll six times greater than the Titanic, new light has been shed on MS Wilhelm Gustloff, as a

March 4, 2008
Total Views: 685

Thursday, February 28, 2008

I want to ba an Ocean Ranger

Seven Seas Mariner in Skagway, Ak …not really, the cadence actually sounds more alluring than the job. I’d like to see the old Love Boat series

February 28, 2008
Total Views: 10

Wednesday, February 27, 2008

USCG Tug And Towing Endosement – Proposed Changes

The Contra Costa Times article “Critics Fear More Barge Disasters” of February 19, 2008 and the KGO TV Channel 7 report on tug boat licensing

February 27, 2008
Total Views: 7

Tuesday, February 26, 2008
Ship Design

My TWIC enrollment experience – less that stellar

It comes as no surprise that we in the United States are security aware. Possible threats create new legislation on a regular basis. Today, I enrolled for my

February 26, 2008
Total Views: 160

Tuesday, February 19, 2008

A Word On Vessel Traffic Service

A Word On Vessel Traffic Service by Captain John Denham The purpose of a Vessel Traffic Service (VTS) is to provide active monitoring and navigational advice

February 19, 2008
Total Views: 116


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