How to Pass the IWCF Supervisor Well Control Exam

June 14, 2015

Introduction: The intent of this study guide is to help you prepare for the IWCF Level 3 and Level 4 Supervisor Well Control Exam (Surface or Combined Surface and Subsea Qualifications). This guide does not replace the requirement to attend a certified well control school, instead, it is designed to supplement the training received in […]

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An Explanation of Maritime and Nautical Flags, Protocol and Etiquette

October 14, 2014

Have you ever wondered what all the different nautical flags mean and what they represent? Maybe you’ve wondered why some ships fly their flags on the stern? This guide to nautical and Maritime Flags contains the following information: Flag Terminology Flag Signals Burgee vs Ensign vs Jack Courtesy Flags Racing Flags Flag Dimensions USA Flag […]

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How to Get a Job on an Offshore Oil Rig

October 12, 2014

Hello folks! I’m happy to announce the release of my new eBook “How to Get a Job on an Offshore Oil Rig“! Expert Advice on Applying for Offshore Oil Rig Jobs: As you’ll see in the table of content’s listing below, I cover everything you’ll ever need to know to get a job in the […]

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Walmart Cake Fails: Case Studies in Proper Communication

October 6, 2014

To help clarify the importance of good communications in highly complex industrial environments, I thought it would be fun to put some context to some of the most infamous Walmart Cake Fails to demonstrate how easy it is to misunderstand someone. “Walmart, bakery department…how may I help you” answers a smokey warm southern female voice. […]

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Raw Video: Two Container Ships Collide in Suez Canal

October 1, 2014

Two large container ships, the Singaporean-flagged MV Maersk Tanjong and the German-flagged MV Colombo Express, collided near the northern mouth of the Suez Canal. Local officials say one of the vessels experienced technical problems most likely related to ship’s rudder not responding.

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Pacific Sky Power Sustainable Shipping Launches KickStarter Campaign

September 30, 2014

Pacific Sky Power is launching a major KickStarter campaign to research and fund a viable modern day sail powered commercial shipping vessel. It is a well known fact that over 95% of all imported and exported goods around the world are moved by ships. While these ships are generally considered the most efficient mode of […]

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Merchant Marine Veterans Oral History Project

August 25, 2014

Thanks to the efforts of the Seamen’s Church Institute, we now have an “insider’s” look at what life was like for merchant mariners in the 1950’s, 1960’s, 1970’s and 1980’s. The institute’s American Merchant Marine Veteran’s Oral History Project shares the stories and adventures of merchant mariners during their careers sailing around the world. The […]

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We Bought A Boat!

August 16, 2014

“The two happiest days of your life are the day you buy a boat and the day you sell it!” – Anonymous If you’re familiar with boats at all you’ve probably heard that owning a boat is like having a big hole in the water that you throw your money into, or maybe the one […]

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Nulclear Ship Savannah Documentary

September 30, 2012

Once Upon A Nuclear Ship… Launched Finally New film chronicles the life death and resurrection of historic ship Once Upon A Nuclear Ship, a new documentary by filmmaker Thomas Michael Conner, tells the story of the NS Savannah the world’s first nuclear powered merchant ship that was once the diamond in the crown of the […]

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Be a Safety Freak!

December 14, 2011

I’m passionate about safety on board ships and in other industrial environments!  With this spirit in mind, I’m writing today to talk about taking safety to the “next level” and what exactly that “next level” looks like. To do this I’m going to share a quick story on what it means to be a “safety freak”… A […]

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