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MV Atlantis

A Tale of the New M/V Atlantis

By Erik Kravets 2018-05-07 17:43:11

It’s a special celebration when a new ship is launched! Even if the girl was already sailing, when she finds a new owner – and a new future – it’s good cause to break open the champagne. And I don’t only mean the champagne for the christening ceremony. Cassen Eils invited the maritime community to join in for a lively party at Boots- und Schiffswerft Cuxhaven, i.e. the Boat and Ship Dock Cuxhaven, commonly known as BSC. Both companies, which...

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Vessel Interaction: Have You Considered the Possibilities?

By Captain Richard Madden 2018-04-28 20:26:57

One radio call you do not want to hear from the gangway watch during cargo operations is, "The ship is moving!" Unfortunately, this is exactly what was heard during a recent port call. Shortly after berthing and starting cargo operations on a container vessel with multiple gantry cranes, the vessel started to move ahead. The first warning was by an alert seaman at the gangway. When vessels move through restricted waterways, whether it be depth of water under keel, width...

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Fatigue: Can You Just Get Used to it?

By Captain Richard Madden 2018-04-14 20:08:44

Fatigue. It's a way of life for so many of us. From first responders to students to the transportation industry, it's a badge of honor to pull the all-nighter or push through an extended period with no rest. The military is another community for which fatigue is no stranger. U.S. Naval Special Warfare (NSWF) pushes their troops to the limit during initial training (Basic Underwater Demolition/Seal Training (BUD/S)) under very controlled circumstances, including stressors such as hypothermia and sleep deprivation....

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ECDIS: What Happens When the GPS Signal Goes Away?

By Captain Richard Madden 2018-03-26 17:26:58

The U.S. Maritime Administration issued U.S. Maritime Alert 2018-004 A “Possible GPS Interference – Eastern Mediterranean Sea” on March 23 in in response to reports of GPS disruptions and interference from multiple vessels and aircraft between Cyprus and Port Said, Egypt. These reports come on the heels of multiple warnings by the same agency in 2017 of GPS disruptions in the Black Sea, primarily off the coast of Novorossiysk, Russia. These same warnings reaffirmed that GPS disruptions are a global...

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Cyber Security at Sea: The Real Threats

By David Rider 2018-03-10 22:05:14

The maritime cyber security landscape is a confusing place. On the one hand, you have commercial providers suggesting the risks of everything from a hostile attack on ship’s systems which allows the vessel to be remotely controlled by pirates and direct it to a port of their choice, or causing a catastrophic navigation errors, a phishing attack or ransomware on the Master’s PC. While on the other, you have sensible people who point out that this notion is nonsense due...

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Millennials in the Merchant Marine

By Matthew Fetterman 2016-05-18 17:05:48

The nation’s workforce is more diverse today than ever before. We currently have five generations working together, and just last year, the workforce’s largest percentage became millennials. The merchant marine is seeing this same change. As our veteran sailors are preparing to retire and millennials are stepping up to fill vacant positions, we need to make a change to ensure the younger sailors stay onboard. Sailing careers or time in a job for millennials are shorter than those of previous...

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Trainings Ahead for Skilled Maritime Professionals

By MarEx 2016-05-18 15:24:56

The current downturn may have regional and sectoral effects on maritime employment, but the next few years are expected to be a good time to be in shipping, whether at sea or ashore. BIMCO / ICS's latest five-year Manpower Report estimates that the world's merchant fleet will require an additional 150,000 officers by 2025. Internationally, the shortfall is presently in the range of two percent, or about 17,000 officers, BIMCO says. Chief engineers and officers for specialized vessel types are...

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Building Learning Organizations for Sustainability

By Dione Lee 2016-04-20 23:48:18

Why Learning Organizations? In a world of constant change and competition, how do we discover and follow our “True North”? As an optimist, I believe people will make decisions for the highest benefit if they fully understand the consequence of their actions. The fatal flaw in this plan is that sometimes we don’t know what we don’t know, and therefore might make decisions that aren’t in the highest benefit, which can result in catastrophe. A learning organization should foster open...

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CEMS

Empowering Crews to Combat Fatigue through CEMS

By Dione Lee 2016-03-26 02:46:01

Crew Endurance Management System, most commonly referred to as “CEMS”, is the result of 25 years of research on sleep and has been tested by the U.S. Army and Coast Guard as a proven method for managing the risk factors that contribute to fatigue. The underlying premise is when crew member endurance goes up, so does crew member safety and productivity. There are four main risk factors identified in CEMS that can affect crew endurance and contribute to fatigue: 1. Environmental...

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Unmanned Vessels - At What Cost?

By Dione Lee 2016-03-04 19:05:53

The beginning of this year has seen action on two projects advancing the concept and design of unmanned vessels, but will the cost ultimately outweigh the benefits? Less than two months after the Maritime Unmanned Navigation through Intelligence in Networks (MUNIN) distributed its project result summary in February, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency’s (DARPA’s) unmanned ACTUV Sea Hunter will be undergoing sea trials in Portland, Oregon. DARPA’s Anti-Submarine Warfare Continuous Trail Unmanned Vessel (ACTUV) is 132...

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