Captain's Corner



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1. Know Your Flags

W - whiskey

“I require medical assistance.”
This can also be signaled by sound as Morse Code ... --- ...

2 The Rule of the Road

Which vessel is NOT classified as “restricted in her ability to maneuver:
(a) A vessel picking up a navigation mark
(b) A vessel transferring cargo while underway
(c) A vessel whose anchor is fouled
(d) A vessel in a towing operation that restricts the ability of the vessel and her tow to change their course

The answer is C - all others are examples of vessels restricted in her ability to maneuver.

Sound Signal for vessel Restricted in ability to maneuver

35 (c) A vessel not under command; a vessel restricted in her ability to maneuver, whether underway or at anchor; a sailing vessel; a vessel engaged in fishing, whether underway or at anchor; and a vessel engaged in towing or pushing another vessel shall, instead of the signals prescribed in paragraphs (a) or (b) of this Rule, sound, at intervals of not more than 2 minutes, three blasts in succession, namely, one prolonged followed by two short blasts.

3. What would the captain do?

Vessels “A” and “B” are meeting on a river as shown and will pass 1/4 mile apart. Which light(s) on vessel “B” will you see if you are on vessel “A”?

A. special flashing yellow light
B. two white masthead lights in a vertical line
C. two yellow towing lights
D. None of the above
Answer on this page...

4. Identify the vessel


Vessel Re­stric­ted in Her Ability To Maneuver conducting underwater operations where an obstruction exists.

Answer to 3. WWTCD

B. two white masthead lights in a vertical line

This summer, Sebastian Rodriguez, a business student at Florida International University, returned for his second summer internship at SMT Shipping -- this time working with our Connecticut-based Commercial and Operations team. He shared the following thoughts with the Nautical News:

Summer Intern Works with Commercial Department

There are many variables that shipowners must understand in selecting the right cargo for the right vessel. Working with SMT’s commercial department gave me an opportunity to see how these factors impact the financial results for each voyage. Fundamentally, the schedule of port location and dates must suit each ship. Yet voyage calculations take into account other things such as port costs, fuel consumption, vessel hire, and days at sea. Working with the team in Connecticut also introduced me to vocabulary that describes the vessel and charter party specifications. My maritime course textbook became a vital tool as I worked to become proficient in this new language! I also visited MV Ocean Pearl while she loaded scrap in Camden, New Jersey.

Visiting the bridge, walking through the engine room, and touring the pristine kitchen and food storage areas helped me to realize how many details are managed onboard. I now deeply understand that safety is SMT’s top priority. It is vital for the crew to remain safe, healthy, and aware of its duties. Clearly, SMT takes all precautions prior to sailing to ensure a smooth voyage.
I am grateful to SMT for allowing me the opportunity to learn so much about the maritime industry this summer.