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Designed For Danger

This article highlights once again the paucity of good ergonomic standard bridge design often influenced by well meaning navel architects, salesmen of bridge equipment or retired naval officers who have had no or little practical experience in keeping a bridge … Continue reading

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Ship Pilot’s Perspective on What’s Happening to the U.S. Navy

By Captain Paul E. Lobo – As a retired Lieutenant-Commander in the US Naval Reserve, and a San Francisco bar pilot with over 31 years’ experience, I find the recent collisions of US Navy vessels and the resulting loss of life disheartening … Continue reading

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G CAPTAIN on ACX CRYSTAL v FITZGERALD COLLISION

By Captain John Konrad (gCaptain) Every ship, regardless of nationality or purpose, is required to carry one terse book. This book is titled the International Regulations for Preventing Collisions but is better known by its acronym “COLREGS”. The chapters are short … Continue reading

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USS FITZGERALD v ACX CRYSTAL

In the same bit of sea from Lloyds List 19 Jun 2017 Micheal Grey AMID all the larger tragedies in recent days, the fatal collision between the US warship USS Fitzgerald and the containership ACX Crystal, 56 miles off the … Continue reading

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PASSING DOWN THE KNOWLEDGE

by Michael Grey WHO remembers this helpful advice — “when in danger, or in doubt — run in circles, scream and shout”? That is not entirely correct; the real advice, written in night order books in every language, on every … Continue reading

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WELLINGTON BRANCH MEETING DATES

The Wellington Branch will hold a meeting at the Bolton Hotel, 12 Bolton Street, commencing 1200, light luncheon at 1230 and Speaker 1300. Luncheon at member cost of $25. Bar facilities will be available to your own account. Car parking is available … Continue reading

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HISTORY OF OTAKI SCHOLAR

This year marks the centenary of the sinking of the NZ Shipping Company vessel OTAKI which ultimately resulted in the senior boy from the Master’s old school – Robert Gordon College, Aberdeen – being taken to New Zealand and return … Continue reading

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Captain IFOR BODVEL OWEN 19 February 1930 – 01 February 2017

It is with great sadness that we learn of Captain Ifor Owen’s death on 01 February at home after a very  short illness. Our sincere condolences to Clare his wife of 60 years and their family. Ifor, a very proud … Continue reading

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ALISTER MACALISTER

The death occurred last week in Wellington of ALISTER MacALISTER QSM. Alister was a member of the Wellington Branch for many years and the Company’s Honorary Solicitor. He served in the RN during the second world war and was a … Continue reading

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Public Demand for Commerce – Going All In to Eliminate Accidents

By Capt. George H Livingstone I recently saw the movie “Sully”, I recommend it to anyone with an interest in aviation or marine transportation.  It is a Clint Eastwood Directed movie about Capt. Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger’s first ever (successful) emergency water … Continue reading

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