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Draught or Draft?

Nov 29 2012
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There are few words that cause more angst to a marine publisher than the word that covers the following.

CPP problems on the navigating bridge

Nov 02 2012
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In September 2012 we blogged about ship blackouts due to the use of shaft generators while manoeuvring in port and the December 2012 issue of ‘Shipping Regulations and Guidance’ will focus on this problem.

25 YEARS SINCE I WENT TO SEA.

Oct 11 2012
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Twenty five years ago, on the 12th October 1987, which was also a Friday, I joined MV 'Apapa Palm' in Huskison Dock, Liverpool at the age of 16 after 7 weeks of pre-sea training at Glasgow College of Nautical Studies.

Increase in blackouts a worrying trend

Sep 20 2012
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A number of near misses involving blackouts have recently been reported. Each one has been related to the incorrect use of shaft generators and has demonstrated an incomplete understanding of the use of onboard power management systems.

How to empower a Ship’s Officer in just 2 minutes

Sep 06 2012
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I was recently given a copy of a book called ‘It’s Your Ship:  Management Techniques from the Best Damn Ship in the Navy’ by Michael Abrashoff. 

The book is an account of how Captain Abrashoff completely shook up the ‘USS Benfold’ during his first post as Captain and it inevitably got me thinking about the lessons in leadership that I witnessed in 13 years at sea.

In 1992, at the age of 21, I completed 4 months