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El Faro Is Reported Missing

By John A. C. Cartner

El Faro Is Reported Missing

Editor's Note:
In production of ‘Conversations with Cartner’ Dr. Cartner bases his perspectives and viewpoints on the facts and information available at the time of production.
During the production of the most recent October 8, 2015 ‘Conversations with Cartner’ interview regarding the tragic sinking of the El Faro, Dr. Cartner made the following statements.

“There wouldn’t have been a riding crew out there doing engine work if she hadn’t had engine problems before.”
“She was an old ship, an old steam ship, and old steam ships often have riding crews going along to fix things.”

Read more and watch the video after the jump.

Technology, Owners and Labor Supply

By John A. C. Cartner

Technology, Owners and Labor Supply

There is growing concern that technology and owners and labor supply are not well coordinated. Owners are loath to provide technology they do not know will work reliably. It is growing increasingly hard to recruit skilled labor for the industry. A recent survey showed that one of the big complaints among seafaring staff was the increased regulatory burden of reporting and inspection which occurs at every port visit.

Read more and watch the interview after the jump

Identity and Kings Point – The Real Question

Identity and Kings Point – The Real Question

The press has reported an ongoing existential debate as to the US Merchant Marine Academy. Recently, there seems to have been a focus on matters of leadership and the necessity to train students at the Academy in that art – both in definition and practice.  

The Kings Point debate is necessary and indeed healthy. It will bring about a much stronger school. However, the debate is not new. We must remember that the first inklings of the confusion in the government about the training of merchant shipping people arose in the Grant administration when money was set aside for the US Navy to provide us with their version of training in proper seamanship and in vessel operations. How quickly we – and they – forget. The US Navy-sainted John Paul Jones was a pretty competent commercial shipmaster fewer than one hundred years before the training concept was funded and before he put on the RN-copied uniform and his silly two-ended hat. But that is another story. 

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A weekly discussion on maritime industry issues of the day with Shipmaster and Maritime Lawyer, Dr. John A.C. Cartner.


The opinions expressed by Dr. John A.C. Cartner in the ‘Conversations with Cartner’ Video Series and accompanying blogs are the opinions of Dr. Cartner and do not necessarily reflect the views of the staff and management of Maritime TV, or its parent network, TV Worldwide, Inc.

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