US Navy Swarm Boats

On October 10, 2014, in Defense, by CaptRR


Maritime Executive is reporting:

As autonomy and unmanned systems grow in importance for naval operations, officials at the U.S. Office of Naval Research (ONR) have announced a technological breakthrough that will allow any unmanned surface vehicle (USV) to not only protect Navy ships, but also, for the first time, autonomously “swarm” offensively on hostile…

The complete Maritime Executive post is here.


Fess Up or Else

On October 8, 2014, in Coast Guard, Uncategorized, by CaptRR


National Maritime Center

Providing Credentials to Mariners

Merchant Mariner Credentialing: Trend in Failure to Disclose Convictions
The National Maritime Center (NMC) has recently noted an increase in the number of applications submitted for Merchant Mariner Credentials in which applicants have not properly disclosed previous convictions in Section III of the CG-719B application form. As required by 46 Code of Federal Regulations 10.211 (a): “At the time of application, each applicant must provide written disclosure of all prior convictions not previously disclosed to the Coast Guard on an application.”

If an applicant pleads guilty or no contest, is granted deferred adjudication, or is required by a court to attend classes, make contributions of time or money, receive treatment, submit to any manner of probation or supervision, or forgo appeal of a trial court’s conviction, then the Coast Guard will consider the applicant to have received a conviction. Further, an applicant’s signature in Section III of the CG-719B application form acknowledges the potential consequences of false statements. All applicants are encouraged to be completely forthcoming in their disclosure of convictions, including those items expunged or purged. When in doubt, list it.

An updated version of the CG-719B application form is making its way through the approval process and will highlight this area of the application, including more complete instructions, in order to prevent omissions that may result in denials.

If you have questions, please contact the NMC at 1-888-IASKNMC (427-5662) or

/J. P. Novotny/
Jeffrey P. Novotny Captain, U.S. Coast Guard Commanding Officer


Bringing new meaning to living in a bubble

On October 8, 2014, in Incidents, by CaptRR

Yahoo News is reporting:

An Iranian exile has been rescued by the U.S. Coast Guard after a failed attempt to float 1,033 miles from Florida to Bermuda in an inflatable bubble. Reza Baluchi was picked up about 70 nautical miles east of St. Augustine suffering from fatigue and disorientation. The Coast Guard had warned Baluchi on Wednesday of the dangers he faced making the proposed trip and suggested he give up. He refused, but activated his locator beacon yesterday when he became exhausted.

The complete Yahoo News post is here.


Acoustic recorders have been set at three locations in Haro Strait, and will be in place until further notice. Mariners are advised to avoid dragging or deploying gear near these locations. The recorders are at the following positions:
A.) 48-30-51.73N 123-09-00.36W, 6 feet above the bottom
B.) 48-30-27.63N 123-11-54.35W, 50 meters below the surface
C.) 48-30-26.72N 123-11-50.69W, 40 meters above the bottom Chart 18433

LNM: 23/13



Archaeology is reporting:

AUKLAND, NEW ZEALAND—Two new studies published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences shed light on how Polynesian seafarers colonized the islands of the Pacific Ocean. Lead author Dilys Amanda Johns of the University of Auckland described a 600-year-old canoe discovered in 2012 near the Anaweka River on New Zealand’s South Island. The nearly 20-foot long section of a vessel estimated to have been 45 feet long was constructed with wood from trees native to New Zealand, but in a manner similar to a canoe of the same age that was discovered in the Society Islands. There is also a turtle carved in relief on the hull just above the water line, which is a common motif among the Polynesians, but are rare in art from New Zealand.

The complete Archaeology post is HERE.

(Thanks to Brad Brickley via facebook for the link


And number FOUR is:

On October 5, 2014, in Friday Harbor, Whales and Wildlife, by CaptRR

Killer whales at sunset off the San Juan Islands, Washington.
Credit: National Geographic / Alamy

Men’s Journal is reporting it’s 10 best winter escapes:

Hidden in the rain shadow behind the Olympic Peninsula and the Cascades, the San Juan archipelago sees the sun 247 days a year. During the summer and early fall, when calm seas are the norm, clear skies are as common as the eagles and whales that swoop and breach in the waterways between the 400 islands, some no bigger than a rock. But the weather is just icing on the cake. These islands are chock-full of cool towns, of-the-moment restaurants, and opportunities for adventure. There is no bad decision when it comes to choosing which island to stay on, but there is a best decision: Stay on a bo

The complete MensJournal post is HERE.



On October 4, 2014, in Incidents, by CaptRR

YouTube link

Maritime Executive is reporting:

Early Monday (9/29/14) morning, when entering the Suez Canal at Port Said, there was an impact between the Hapag-Lloyd vessel “Colombo Express” (8,750 TEU) and the “Maersk Tanjong”.

The complete Maritime Executive post is HERE.


The Navigator App

On October 3, 2014, in Applications, Education, by CaptRR

Sometime ago I introduced you to The Navigator, a quarterly publication of The Nautical Institute. Their concise 12 page epistles are some of the best information I have come accross.

There’s a new way to read The Navigator, the Institute’s free resource that champions the role of marine navigators worldwide.

Published three times a year in association with the Royal Institute of Navigation, the magazine is now available

This resource is available for iOS, Android, and Kindle, HERE.



On October 2, 2014, in Defense, by CaptRR

Intercepts is reporting:

In the small town of Bath, Maine, tucked up along the picturesque Kennebec River, one of the most striking warships ever conceived is under construction. The design of the future USS Zumwalt (DDG 1000) takes stealth to the extreme, and it’s no exaggeration to say no one has ever seen a ship like this.

Six hundred feet long on the waterline, the Zumwalt will displace nearly 16,000 tons full load when she puts to sea towards the end of 2015. All external protuberances have been recessed or subsumed into the hull or superstructure in order to minimize radar cross sections and signatures, resulting in a ship that is as streamlined as possible.

Launched last October at General Dynamics Bath Iron Works, the Zumwalt was formally christened on April 12. She’s expected to begin sea trials in late 2015.

The completer Intercepts post is HERE.

(Thanks to Norton Rider for the link)

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