Saturday, February 20, 2010

The Safe Staging Area – Through Innovation, Encouragement and Testing, A New Idea Is Born.

What is your area of expertise? The five year old son of a mechanic aboard my ship is a true prodigy of the arts. The stick figures I have spent...

February 20, 2010
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Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Job Announcement: Superintendent of the US Merchant Marine Academy

The Department of Transportation has announced a search for a Superintendent for the US Merchant Marine Academy. Job Title: Superintendent, US Merchant Marine Academy, Kings Point, NY Department: Department Of...

February 2, 2010
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Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Should Mandatory berth space be required for training?

On his new blog Clay Maitland, a long time supporter of seafarer training, brings up an excellent questions about global maritime training; In the run-up to the STCW Conference in...

January 26, 2010
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Thursday, January 14, 2010

U.S. Merchant Marine Academy – New Acting Superintendent

Word comes via the US Merchant Marine Academy Alumni Association that the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy has named an acting Superintendent to handle the position left vacant by the resignation...

January 14, 2010
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Tuesday, November 10, 2009

US Merchant Marine Academy Superintendent Resigns

Here is a press release from the US Merchant Marine Academy: U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood Accepts Resignation of U.S. Merchant Marine Academy Superintendent U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood today...

November 10, 2009
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Friday, October 30, 2009

When is maritime training just too dangerous?

Photo by Thomas Colla Is disciplinary action warranted in a recent case of real life coast guard training? Newsday reports on the removal of a US Coast Guard petty officer...

October 30, 2009
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Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Ship simulators are not stimulators!

Simulator are not stimulators! By John G. Denham After a career at sea and a period of piloting I tried a tour in academia. I was surprised to find that...

September 29, 2009
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Friday, September 25, 2009

Manned Models – An Unusual Training Device

From the gCaptain archives… Our friend Peter Mello at Sea-Fever, a must read maritime blog, brings us the model building obsession of William Terra. This one stopped me cold for...

September 25, 2009
Total Views: 173

Thursday, February 19, 2009

Foreign Flag or Flag of Convenience?

Foreign Flag or Flag of Convenience? by Ian Bowles During the glory days of empire and famous shipping lines, it would have been easy for nationalistic tendencies to come to...

February 19, 2009
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Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Marine Ship Simulator Training – Decision Making

Currently all mariners are familiar with the large full mission ship simulators like the one pictured above. Some have even played with either purpose built or recreational PC based simulators...

December 2, 2008
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Tuesday, July 1, 2008

Poll – Best Non-Required Training Class

What non-required training class are you most likely to take. ( surveys) Course Details: Major Emergency Managment High Angle Rope Rescue Sail Training Dynamic Positioning Training EMT Medical Trianing Advanced...

July 1, 2008
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Saturday, June 21, 2008

Maritime Academy – Cadet Shipping

Cadet Edward Pollard on the TSES Recent news article claim steps in obtaining agreements in placing maritime academy school students aboard merchant ships for accomplishing sea time requirements (Cadet Shipping)....

June 21, 2008
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Friday, March 28, 2008
Maritime Security

What If? Chemical, Biological, Radiation Attack San Francisco

Photo by steven and darusha Jeff Charlton of in London asked a interesting maritime question on the IAEM list-serve the other day that Robin Storm thought we could answer....

March 28, 2008
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Thursday, February 14, 2008

Sea Stories – Training At Sea

Training at Sea by Jeffrey Musk A few months ago I returned to my rotary job onboard a Roll on/Roll off in the Pacific Ocean. Along with the familiar faces...

February 14, 2008
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Tuesday, January 29, 2008

Voyage Of The T/S Enterprise

Photo by rkr806 Sea Fever brings us the annual cruise of Massachusetts Maritime Academy’s training ship Enterprise. This cruise has departed each winter for well over one hundred years and...

January 29, 2008
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Sunday, December 30, 2007

Launching Of A Free-Fall Lifeboat

. Here’s the arial view; . Finally, here’s how they test these boats: . For more info on the history behind these types of lifeboats visit NOVA’s “Pioneers of Survival...

December 30, 2007
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Thursday, December 13, 2007

Ship Security Officer Training Mandated For US Mariners

Effective January 1, 2008, mariners sailing in the capacity of Ship Security Officer (SSO) will have to show evidence of being “qualified” to hold that position. The SSO training requirement...

December 13, 2007
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Monday, October 22, 2007

errata and a look inside the mind of a ship’s captain.

On a recent story I confused the Norwegian Dawn with the Norwegian Dream. The error itself is small but the implications are large and the reason for the error gives...

October 22, 2007
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Monday, July 16, 2007

Quote of the Week

This “Qoute of the Week” comes from Fred Fry of Maritime Monday fame. If you want to solve the problem of car traffic, just subject car drivers to a tenth...

July 16, 2007
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