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 procedures that, once in...

September 22, 2010
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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 rig’s designation for purposes of meeting minimum safe manning...

August 27, 2010
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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 held by foreign officers on U.S. Flagged...

July 15, 2010
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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 via THIS LINK.

June 17, 2010
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Monday, February 15, 2010

Panel Allows Toxic Ship Into Alang Despite SC Ruling

American cruise ship, formerly the SS Oceanic Independence, now Platinum-II. Inquiries are under way into the circumstances under which the asbestos-laden vessel was granted entry into Indian waters. Photo: Jonathan...

February 15, 2010
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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 Registry...

July 14, 2009
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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 review.  The Superferry has...

March 17, 2009
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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 opinions on the MS Steve...

January 20, 2009
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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 mariners. We feel this is...

September 25, 2008
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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 computer’s “favorites” has a list...

May 28, 2008
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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 licensed ship pilot, with making...

April 23, 2008
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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 card...

March 31, 2008
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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 of debate was the IMO’s current...

March 15, 2008
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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 aware of the...

March 11, 2008
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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 approaching a multitude...

March 8, 2008
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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 result...

March 4, 2008
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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 glamorize this position. Come...

February 28, 2008
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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 presented eye opening views on...

February 27, 2008
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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 Transportation Worker...

February 26, 2008
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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 for vessels in particularly...

February 19, 2008
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