Photo Of The Week – LNG Tanker Lokoja

gCaptain's photo of the week is a helicopter shot of LNG Tanker Lokoja (IMO# 9269960). Built by the Korean shipyard Daewoo in 2006 she is owned by BW Gas and chartered to Suez LNG. What makes this the photo of the week is both the amazing perspective and the photographer himself. gCaptain believes every mariner has a specialty, hobby or interest that makes him unique and we … [Read more...]

USCG History: Coast Guard Rescue Swimmers

Extending yesterdays celebration of Coast Guard Day 2009, we will be keeping up with the coast guard theme here all week on gCaptain's blog.  Today's post is an interesting story written by William H. Thiesen, Ph.D., an Atlantic Area Historian of the U.S. Coast Guard, offering insight into the beginning of the U.S. Coast Guard Rescue Swimmer Program through this historical … [Read more...]

Popular Mechanics takes a look inside the USCG’s Advanced Helicopter Rescue School

In its April Edition, Popular Mechanics gives its readers an inside look into the USCG's Advanced Helicopter Rescue School by enrolling one of its authors to attend the course along with 16 other students.  The school, located in Astoria Oregon, is where Coast Guard helicopter pilots and crews receive training in conducting rescues in heavy weather and heavy surf conditions.  … [Read more...]

M/V Selendang Ayu Oil Spill and Sinking

On Monday, Alaskan state officials announced that the owners and operators of the bulk freighter, M/V Selendang Ayu, that sank off the north shore of Unalaska Island in the Bering Sea in 2004 have agreed to pay the state of Alaska nearly $850,000 to settle oil spill, wreck removal and lost fish tax claims. The settlement with the vessels operator IMC Shipping Co. Pte. Ltd. … [Read more...]

Rescue On The High Seas- USCG Helicopter Crew Interviewed

INTERVIEW WITH USCG RESCUE HELICOPTER CREW This past July, in a gCaptain and Robin Storm exclusive, we brought you the Lessons Learned by North Atlantic freak wave survivor Jean Pierre de Lutz. Just two months prior to that article Jean was aboard the sailboat Sean Seamor II when he found trouble in the north Atlantic. In the final logbook entry he writes: On or around 7 … [Read more...]