Hapag-Lloyd Cruises Faces Outrage After Guard Kills Polar Bear During Arctic Cruise Excursion

German cruise line operator Hapag-Lloyd Cruises has found itself in the middle of an online firestorm after a guard shot and killed a polar bear during a shore excursion to an Arctic archipelago from one of its expedition cruise ships over the weekend. In a statement posted to Facebook on Sunday, Hapag-Lloyd Cruises says it "very much regrets" the incident but made … [Read more...]

MSC Makes the Leap into Social Media

MSC Mediterranean Shipping Group, a Geneva-based and family-owned company which has historically shied away from communicating with the public about their operations, while maintaining a rather uninteresting website, has changed tack this year. In January, the company relaunched their global website MSC.com, and yesterday, officially announced a new partnership with Orca … [Read more...]

gCaptain: Supporting the “Misuse” of Social Media Since 2007

While at the CMA conference in Connecticut this spring, I had the opportunity to speak alongside my media industry peers as well as crisis communications firm, MTI Network. Considering gCaptain's mission is to report the news and MTI Network's mission is to keep their clients out of the news as much as possible, the points we discussed were really … [Read more...]

At the CMA Conference, Social Media Appears Generally Misunderstood

While at the Connecticut Maritime Association Conference this year, I was invited to speak to the audience about the topic of social media and its influence within the maritime industry. To be honest, I didn't really know exactly what I was going to say until a few minutes before I was scheduled to speak. As I was sitting there waiting my turn listening to my other … [Read more...]

“A Glimpse Into The Lives Of Somali Pirates” Video Hits BuzzFeed

BuzzFeed, a leading media company geared for the social age, has teamed up with its news partner CNN to present a true BuzzFeed-style video highlighting the issue of Somali piracy. The video, titled "A Glimpse Into The Lives Of Somali Pirates", attempts to tackle Somali piracy with some general, easily digestible facts and rare CNN footage of real pirates. An excerpt … [Read more...]