Archive of: A Mariner's Notebook

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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

When things get hot, mariners should look out for each other

It was hot, and we were down in those “little latitudes” off the coast of Belize.

June/July 2012

The time is now for maritime outreach in public schools

May 2012

Driving under the influence could impair your maritime career

John, a third engineer I know, was recently hired to deliver a tug from Saint John, New Brunswick, Canada, to Corpus Christi, Texas, but never made the trip.

April 2012

Law should require companies to feed mariners a proper diet

March 2012

When looking for work, consider the roads less traveled

At a local coffee shop I recently met with Capt. Bill Tinker, a colleague from the Northwest who holds a 1600-ton master's ticket and has many years on commercial vessels.

February 2012

Mariners find a multitude of ways to help out people in need

December/January 2012

TWIC: too much time, money for a program of doubtful worth

In response to the 9/11 tragedy, Congress passed the Maritime Transportation Security Act of 2002.

October/November 2011
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