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In the simulator ‘hot seat’ Part II: Expand your horizons

In the simulator ‘hot seat’ Part II: Expand your horizons

At the maritime school where I teach, the simulator is truly something special.

Web Exclusive 2016
Murphy: Are you ready for the ‘hot seat’ in simulation or as mentor?

Murphy: Are you ready for the ‘hot seat’ in simulation or as mentor?

The landscape of maritime education is changing fast. The way we learned our maritime skills way back when I was a kid is definitely not how things will be handled in our immediate future. Big changes are already in place, and more will be in place in the next few months — and your maritime life will never be the same. Are you ready?

Web Exclusive 2016
Murphy: ‘Stinky guy’ and other case studies from STCW leadership classes

Murphy: ‘Stinky guy’ and other case studies from STCW leadership classes

So, have you taken your STCW-required leadership class yet? What, do I hear some groaning out there? Well, all of us have had to deal with situations that we would have preferred not to. And during the week of this leadership class you will talk about all kinds of stuff that might even help you in the future.

Web Exclusive 2015
Murphy: New STCW leadership course can be full of surprises

Murphy: New STCW leadership course can be full of surprises

Ah yes, the new required STCW “Leadership Class.” Let me count the ways I want to sit through a week of … what? Well, I had the exact same thought as I was walking in the door to take my class — but more on that later.

Web Exclusive 2015
Murphy: Community college prepares today’s youth for low-level licenses

Murphy: Community college prepares today’s youth for low-level licenses

I just happened to be reading a newspaper commentary the other day and it got me to thinking. This particular commentary was on how self-centered, unmotivated and “direction-less” the youth of today is. Really? Some might be, but that can be said of any generation. But others are definitely not the “idle youth” as the writer might suggest.

Web Exclusive 2015
Germann: It’s time for maritime academies to ‘think small’

Germann: It’s time for maritime academies to ‘think small’

Back in the ‘60s, for those of you who are old enough to remember, the Volkswagen Beetle was “the” small car. Japanese compacts were a distant second, and many brands we know today did not even import into the U.S. until years later. Along with having the most popular small car, VW’s ad campaign was brilliant — “Think Small.” Their idea was simple; basic transportation need not be expensive.

Web Exclusive 2014
Murphy: Tugboat companies need to accept cadets from training programs

Murphy: Tugboat companies need to accept cadets from training programs

To tug or not to tug? That is the question!

Web Exclusive 2014
Murphy: Mariners need more hands-on Rules of the Road training

Murphy: Mariners need more hands-on Rules of the Road training

I would like to share a common problem that keeps showing up again and again in the “sim,” as we call it. We all are supposed to know all the Rules of the Road all the time. Or at least 90 percent of them, as that is what’s required to pass as a deck officer. But how many of those rules actually apply to our lives?

Web Exclusive 2014
FuelGuru’s Russo: With more fuel training, mariners and fleet operators can influence diesel suppliers, save money

FuelGuru’s Russo: With more fuel training, mariners and fleet operators can influence diesel suppliers, save money

The modern diesel engines that power the professional marine trades are highly calibrated marvels of engineering, while at the same time the diesel fuel that feeds them varies considerably from fuel to fuel. A diet of the best possible diesel fuel is critical to the performance and efficiency of these modern, high performance engines.

Web Exclusive 2014
Clawson: Coast Guard’s STCW policy letters provide window into future of rest hours, endorsements, ECDIS

Clawson: Coast Guard’s STCW policy letters provide window into future of rest hours, endorsements, ECDIS

Web Exclusive 2013
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