Welcome to a new maritime podcast by gCaptain founder and CEO Captain John Konrad. This podcast hopes to share the unvarnished truths and insider knowledge John has gained in his decades as a professional mariner and maritime journalist... along with the occasional sea story and life lesson.
In this controversial episode of The REAL gCaptain podcast Captain John Konrad explores why WWII US Merchant Marine Veterans and many Merchant Navy Allies are still fighting TODAY for full veteran status... and why this battle is of critical importance to the future. His answer might surprise you.
In today’s episode of The REAL gCaptain podcast Captain John Konrad reflects on a topic that frustrates, saddens and sometimes angers him… the state of American Shipyards today. The fact is that building ships in America is significantly more expensive and prone to delay (which is VERY VERY expensive from an economists point of view). The question is why? And John’s answer to this important question is probably not the answer you are expecting but it is the one shipyard managers need to hear.
In today's edition of The REAL gCaptain podcast, Captain John Konrad offers Basic Advice For Maritime Academy Cadets In A Tough Job Climate.
Golden Strips by Captain VS Parani
Good To Great by Jim Collins
Abundance by Peter Diamandis
Mastery by Robert Greene
Most professional mariners agree that the most dangerous hour of shipping is the hour between 23:00 and 24:00 - this is because it’s the one hour when the most junior officer, the 3/m, is alone on the bridge of most ships - but a new book by New York TImes bestselling author Daniel Pink suggests that the most dangerous time of shipping starts at 13:00!
Books and articles mentioned in this episode:
Boyd: The Fighter Pilot Who Changed the Art of War https://amzn.to/2PONRwD
Dead Wake: The Last Crossing of the Lusitania
“We Built Her to Bring Them Over There”
When: The Scientific Secrets of Perfect Timing
Also… Join John Konrad at the SNAME Convention in Providence Rhode Island this week.
When: The Scientific Secrets of Perfect Timing
Bulletproof Coffee & Cognitive Performance:
NSFW - In today's edition of The REAL gCaptain podcast Captain John Konrad discusses two of his favorite books, Golden Strips by Captain VS Parani (https://amzn.to/2R7kKou) and Good To Great by Jim Collins (https://amzn.to/2S8zC7t). Konrad explores one critical difference between the management styles in both books ad invites readers to send your intense no B.S. feedback about this podcast to him at info@gCaptain.com
In 1956 Malcom McLean, an American truck driver, loaded fifty-eight shipping containers aboard a refitted oil tanker from Newark to Houston and, in doing so, completely revolutionized world trade BUT - while the success his idea of containerizing cargo far exceeded anyone's imagination - it failed to achieve his dream of providing seamless door-to-door shipping. Part of the reason for that failure is because of the problems inherent in the design of the container itself. In this episode, Captain John Konrad highlights those problems.
In the recent decades the shipping and offshore industries have spent millions of dollars on Human Resource departments and initiatives to prevent sexual harassment aboard ship. Our question is... have they solved the problem?
After returning from an excellent seminar hosted by about Short Sea Shipping initiatives in the United States, Captain John Konrad has some promising news to report. He also explains why prior attempts to create a system of marine highways have failed.
The saying goes that today's marine safety regulations where written in the blood of mariners who sailed before us... but is that statement true? In today's episode Captain John Konrad explores past incident investigations and proposes an idea for preventing future fatalities at sea.
Your ability to receive good, productive feedback is essential for productivity and self improvement but there is a lot of bad feedback floating around us. How do we filter and hone the feedback we get from those around us?
In today's episode Captain John Konrad discusses feedback and the assumptions made when people visit our site. He also discusses the topics of women working at sea and if the USMMA at Kings Point should remain open.
Feeling tired at the end of a long night on watch? Have you felt that cloud fall over you and fog your judgement in heavy traffic situations? We have the solution. It's called Bulletproof coffee and it's a game changer.
John Konrad discusses the Mission to Seafarers' happiness at sea index and shares his own experiences finding happiness at sea. He also reviews Eric Mahoney's book "Cooking at Sea, A Guidebook" and shows how the cook of a small tugboat in Alaska became one of the most passionate people John has ever met.