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Love or hate it, Captains rule the ship

When you work with a great Captain, that leads by example life's good.    When you work under a mediocre Captain that works short hours and doesn't participate in daily activities life's pretty crappy.     Captains that make themselves available, listen and freely offer helpful advice, earn the respect and loyalty of their crew. Especially when they lead with a cool head and have good people skills.    Love your Captains style    Leads by example and gives clear instructions and remains calm Organizes by creating, managing and continuously improving routines  Values and appreciates and support people's efforts Enables and encourages  positive contributions and > more

The Ultimate Guide for Fighting Ship Fires Successfully

According to research, fire outbreaks are among the most frequent causes of accidents at sea, in parallel with grounding, collision, and grazing contact. Every seventh fire outbreak culminated in the loss of life, and it was established that the most frequent outcome from a fire was damage to the vessel and inability to proceed with the journey. Fires don’t cause themselves. At sea, you can’t really blame the environment for causing fire. So who is to blame? You’re probably guessing already - people. Not by malice, usually, but by error. Reports suggest that “human error is a significant part of > more

Ximera crosses the Atlantic

26∞51.57 N - 016∞ 37.19 W to Dolphins and a small boat are our companion for the night. The wind has changed to NNW and now we can head again 220∞, we want the butter to melt! Keeping Orion to our starboard above the mast help us to keep our pulpit addressing WSW.And now as we settle into our night watch pattern, the wind is gusting upto 22 knots so we quickly put in two reefs so it's more manageable for the night. Despite the reefs we are still pulling over 9 knots and making great time down to Cape > more
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