• Interesting tidbits
  • Deadly Maritime Disasters

    The AP compiled a list of the deadliest and most famous civilian maritime disasters: July 26 or 27, 2009: A sailboat overloaded with Haitian migrants capsizes off the Turks and Caicos Islands. Police recover 11 bodies and about 70 people are believed to be missing. March 29, 2009: Wooden vessel packed with migrants bound for […]

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  • The mysterious voyage of the Kang Nam 1

    You may recall the widely published and tracked voyage of the North Korean cargo ship Kang Nam 1 that occured during most of june and early July.  It’s destination and cargo was widely speculated, and the fear or assumption was that it was carrying some type of elicit cargo such as weapons or nuclear material.  […]

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  • (AP) Tugboat pilot plan may have backfired

    Came across this interesting article by the Associated Press concerning tug operator licensing. Jul 8th, 2009 | NEW ORLEANS — A federal program to recruit more tugboat pilots may have backfired by allowing thousands of novice captains to take the helm and contributing to a 25 percent increase in the number of accidents on the […]

  • Resources
  • Are you familiar with NVICs?

    Navigation and Vessel Inspection Circulars (NVIC), usually pronounced “Nav-iks” may be able to help you or your ship in the constant quest to stay in compliance within the maze of regulations and policies.  Here is the Coast Guard’s own description of NVICs – A Navigation and Vessel Inspection Circular (NVIC) provides detailed guidance about the […]

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  • Ship emission control – what's your take?

    This past Wednesday marked the implementation of a new regulation in the state of California requiring every commercial ocean-going vessels over 400 ft in length or greater than 10,000 gross tons to switch to fuel with lower sulfur content before coming within 24 nautical miles of the state’s coast.