Archive of: A Mariner's Notebook

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Shorter training programs at public colleges are viable alternative

Before entering the industry, I looked at different ways to begin my career. Back then working my way up from the bottom, “coming up the hawsepipe,” or attending a four-year academy were essentially the only two choices available to me. I decided on the academy route after visiting a couple of those four-year public institutions.

August 2013

Investing in sensible shoes puts a mariner on solid footing

After paying my way through California Maritime Academy, I entered the industry as a deck hand for a large West Coast towing company. I was over $20,000 in debt and had no money for new work shoes.

June/July 2013

To stay healthy, mariners need exercise, and a place to do it

While attending California Maritime Academy, I spent part of each day exercising.

May 2013

U.S., Canada need to be proactive in tracking tsunami debris

On March 11, 2011, a devastating 9.0 magnitude earthquake hit Japan, killing nearly 16,000 people and generating a deadly 20-foot tsunami wave that hit the Tohoku region fiercely.

April 2013

Document renewals: Stay alert to changes or pay the price

March 2013

Your favorite singer or actor may be a former merchant mariner

February 2013

To stay warm and dry at sea, think high-performance clothing

December/January 2013

New rules on trash disposal at sea address a growing problem

My first seagoing job was as a deck hand with a large West Coast towing company. As the junior member of the crew, I was in charge of “sanitary duties” such as taking care of the trash.

October/November 2012

Hybrid vessels lead the way, but U.S. tax incentives are needed

In 2009, even before the general public had a chance to ride the vessel, I was lucky enough to take a trip on the first hybrid ferry in U.S. history — Hornblower Hybrid.

September 2012

Life on a dream ship would be safe, comfortable and well paid

Knowing from experience that when life on board is good it makes things on the job go even better, my dream ship would be operated in a way that truly valued the mariners in the crew — ensuring they were well fed and in good health.

August 2012
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