Author: Chris Bernard

US budget includes $300 million for new SUNY Maritime training ship

The fiscal year 2018 budget enacted by Congress in March includes $300 million for construction of a new training ship for the State University of New York (SUNY) Maritime College, as well as $22 million for maintenance and repair of the rest of the nation’s aging academy fleet.

Vessel tracking data changing industry’s course

Though the case has yet to even reach the courtroom, the investigation into the January sinking of the Italian cruise ship Costa Concordia is already raising eyebrows as everything from the captain’s actions to his morals are debated publicly.

4G wireless broadband provider claims fix for GPS interference

The company behind a controversial new 4G wireless broadband service that critics say could interfere with GPS signals claims it has fixed the problem. Sanjiv Ahuja, the chief executive of Virginia-based LightSquared, said his company will move its radio spectrum…

New breed of batteries helps bring green to marine propulsion

Until now, there have been two significant obstacles to building an efficient electric boat without sacrificing power or performance: the size and weight of traditional lead-acid batteries and attitudes. Corvus Energy's new Titan series battery modules have removed the former,…

E-nav software lets mariners take control of a sea of information

Developers of navigation electronics have been steadily upgrading software programs that integrate with other onboard systems to create highly customizable chart and traffic data, and mariners are responding. As the software improves, more and more vessels are relying on it…

Book Review: A Captain’s Duty

A Captain’s Duty: Somali Pirates, Navy SEALs, and Dangerous Days at Sea By Richard Phillips with Stephan Talty Hyperion, New York, 2010 286 pages Reviewed by Chris Bernard   On April 8, 2009, four Somali pirates in a ramshackle skiff…

Coast Guard, maritime schools train U.S. crews to stay one step ahead of pirates

The nation’s maritime academies are adapting their security training offerings to meet evolving U.S. Coast Guard anti-piracy requirements for U.S.-flagged vessels transiting high-risk waters. The Coast Guard’s Maritime Security Directive (MARSEC) 104-6 requires ships sailing near Somalia and other dangerous…