Securité, Securité, Securité : Transat Jacques Vabre 2019

A warning to vessels transiting the Atlantic Coast of France through the Cape Verde Islands to Brazil: A double-handed sailing race started from Le Havre, France on Sunday, 27 October, bound for Salvador Brazil.  59 sailboats ranging from 40-60 feet are taking part.  While they are currently concentrated in a relatively small group, this group will expand … [Read more...]

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...]