Drowning Doesn’t Look Like Drowning

Editor's Note: This article originally appeared on gCaptain in June 2010 and is reposted every Memorial Day Weekend by popular demand. Many thanks to the parents who have over the years shared this important information. Please Click HERE to share this article with your facebook friends. By Mario Vittone The new captain jumped from the cockpit, fully dressed, and … [Read more...]

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 and to satisfy mandatory stability criteria. The operation resulted in the unexpected flooding of a cargo hold causing extensive damage to cargo. An entered containership was carrying out ballast exchange … [Read more...]

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 difficulties facing the global shipping industry, we are certainly not in this ideal world. Considering the budget constraints that we all work under, here are a few ideas that make a big … [Read more...]

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 rather is able to find information. This is partly true, as the most successful officers have a good knowledge of finding information in publications and a great ability to ask the right people (e.g. Chief Engineer, Port … [Read more...]

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 a newbie myself, but this is just some advice and experiences. So a brief Background. I served 8 1/2 years in the US Navy. The first 18 months in Nuclear Power School, the following 7 years as a mechanic on … [Read more...]