Spotlight on Safety Paper Looks at Maritime Calamities that Should Have Never Happened

By Captain John Loftus - As one of the co-authors of “Spotlight on Safety”, I was onboard as part of the presentation team sponsored by the International Organization of Masters, Mates & Pilots and Dalhousie University at the World Maritime Rescue Conference in Vancouver, BC (15-17 June 2019). The subject matter was unveiled via poster presentation and discussion. In … [Read more...]

An Alarming Number Of Shipping Companies Are Banning Knives, Here’s How To Stop Them

by Capt. John Konrad (gCaptain) A disturbing and dangerous trend is growing offshore. Despite overwhelming evidence that knives are essential to the safety of life at sea, shipping companies are increasingly banning the use of knives aboard ship.   Back in the days of tall ships, captains would break off the pointy tips of knives to prevent injuries and mutiny. Today’s … [Read more...]

VIDEO: Maritime History, Technology & Seamanship

https://player.vimeo.com/video/267423784 Sailing, marine technology and nautical history. What lessons can shipping learn from these apparently disparate segments of the maritime world? In this video Richard du Moulin presents real case studies from maritime history over the past 500 years to reinforce timeless demands on seafarers. This video presentation was delivered … [Read more...]