Fishing Vessels : Avoiding them means avoiding the consequences

12 miles off the coast of Cochin, India a small fishing boat bobbed in the sea.  Perhaps the fishing was done for the day and the 14 Indian fishermen onboard were resting, awaiting the rising of the sun and a new day.  Or, perhaps they were taking advantage of the light of the full moon… Read More

Engine Room Fires : Who’s next?

It’s often said that bad things happen in groups of three.  And seafarers are nothing if not superstitious.  There have been two disabling engine room fires in the past month.  The first was MV Alliance St. Louis, a RO-RO in the Gulf of Mexico and the most recent was MV Thorco Crown, a multi-purpose vessel, off Newfoundland.… Read More

My Year in MET : A Mariner’s Perspective

No, not weather, that’s meteo…but, Maritime Education and Training (MET).  Through an unusual set of circumstances and job changes, I found myself attending over four months of training and classes in the past year at facilities up and down the East coast of the United States.  As an actively sailing mariner, required training – whether… Read More