Saturday, May 23, 2015
Drowning
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Drowning Doesn’t Look Like Drowning

Drowning is not the violent, splashing, call for help that most people expect. In this article, Mario explains what drowning really looks like and how to recognize it when its happening.

May 23, 2015
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Friday, March 23, 2012
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Danger of Pressing Up Ballast Tanks

– George Radu, Thomas Miller (Americas) on behalf of the UK P&I Club In a recent case an entered vessel pressed up its ballast tanks in order to optimize trim...

March 23, 2012
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Sunday, January 29, 2012
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Big Impact / Low Cost Safety Upgrades For Your Ship

In an ideal world, shipping companies would give captains a blank check to purchase all the latest equipment and materials to help make their ships safer, however considering the financial...

January 29, 2012
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Friday, May 6, 2011
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The Importance Of Memory At Sea

As a new third mate I was always frustrated by those who demanded I memorize things and it was my belief that a good officer never guesses an answer but...

May 6, 2011
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Tuesday, December 28, 2010
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US Navy to Merchant Marine transition advice

Thanks to M_R_Thurman for the Forum post… So, I’m writing this no reason other than to help other Navy guys that wish to transfer over to the Merchant Marines. I’m...

December 28, 2010
Total Views: 257

Wednesday, November 17, 2010
Offbeat

Knots Tying Tutorial

Looking for a good knot tying tutorial? Then Animated Knots by Grog is the place to visit. While SUNY Maritime instructor GPS is famous for saying “You can do anything...

November 17, 2010
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Tuesday, November 9, 2010
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5 Lessons Learned From The Deepwater Horizon You Can Use Today To Keep Yourself Safe

The Deepwater Horizon tragedy teaches the general public and regulators about the safety culture in the offshore industry and the environmental risk associated with deepwater drilling.  As a seagoing professional,...

November 9, 2010
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Sunday, July 11, 2010
Offbeat

10 Things to remember if you’re shipwrecked

Here is a unofficial pick of 10 things that you should remember if you are shipwrecked. These tips come from Yan Martel’s prize-winning novelLife of Pi, via listverse.com 1. Shelter...

July 11, 2010
Total Views: 408

Friday, July 9, 2010
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Cheating Sleep – Tips On How To Stay Awake

Let’s face it, we could all use a few tips on how to stay awake especially those mariners working the late watch. From split watch schedules to operations requiring “All...

July 9, 2010
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Wednesday, May 12, 2010
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+34 45-434 2958 …how do you dial that number??

You’re looking for a job overseas and you send an email message to a few people you have worked with in the past. Something like:

May 12, 2010
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Tuesday, May 11, 2010
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Shipboard Digital Camera Tricks

So your on the ship and you forgot your telescopic lens… what to do? How about simple putting your digital camera up to the binoculars. Simple, easy and it works....

May 11, 2010
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Friday, October 9, 2009

Fighting Class B Fires, Assets and Deficits – 1 of 4

One of the worst things that can happen on board any vessel at sea is a main space Bravo fire. If you’re in charge of your Damage Control organization, you...

October 9, 2009
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Thursday, September 10, 2009
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Radar is out? Stop cursing and grab a plotting sheet.

Ok your entering the fairway at Galveston and your radar goes out, what is plan B? How about handing the mate a plotting sheet and sending him to the AIS?...

September 10, 2009
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Friday, June 12, 2009
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gCaptain Tip – Confined Space Entry with PASS Device

You have a PASS Device for your shipboard fire team..right?? Why not break it out of the gear locker during confined space entries? For those who have never seen one,...

June 12, 2009
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Thursday, May 28, 2009
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Collision Avoidance Tip – Call his boss!

It’s the classic scenario from the Academy… You are the stand on vessel with no room to maneuver and a zero CPA contact is bearing down on you. You try...

May 28, 2009
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Saturday, May 2, 2009
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Google’s Simple Test To Check Sobriety Or Alertness

Unofficial Networks, the parent company of gCaptain, runs all of its email servers with commercial version of google’s popular email client gMail. There were many reasons for this choice but...

May 2, 2009
Total Views: 160

Friday, March 6, 2009
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The Halligan Tool – Fire Gear Locker

After my last Fire Team meeting the 2nd Mate said: “you must own stock in the Halligan Tool Company”. Well I don’t (such a company doesn’t even exist) but I...

March 6, 2009
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Saturday, January 24, 2009
Interesting

Knots – How To Tie A Monkey’s Fist And Heave A Line

From waking up and tying your shoelaces to riding a bosun’s chair, learning how to handle line aboard ship is a steep curve.  One of the most difficult tasks for...

January 24, 2009
Total Views: 290

Sunday, December 14, 2008
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Star Identification – Celestial Navigation 101

One of the keys to becoming good at celestial navigation is knowing what you’re looking for. That is why learning the constellations is important. Todays gCaptain tip is a simple...

December 14, 2008
Total Views: 50

Monday, September 15, 2008
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Mayday, Mayday, Mayday – We Have A Fire!

I don’t have many pictures of my father but I recently ran across one posted on the website of his fire company “Rescue 3“. Following Vietnam and the Physician Assistant...

September 15, 2008
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