The Triton

Capt. Brian Luke

Brian Luke is chief operations officer for International Crew Training in Ft. Lauderdale. He is an airline captain and holds a USCG 1600/3000-ton master’s ticket. ICT trains crew for entry-level through 3000 ITC Master licenses, engineering and interior operations. Comments on this column are welcome at editorial@the-triton.com.

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IMO extends Manila Amendment refresher deadline

I have written much in these pages over the past year concerning the 2010 Manila Amendments to the STCW Convention. And I am compelled to do so yet again …

Sea time might not be enough to avoid U.S. refresher courses

Wow. What a great boat show Ft. Lauderdale had this year. Just like most, I’m exhausted, but Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show tends to do that to all …

Still time to tackle Manila amendment requirements

There are about two months left before the full implementation of the Manila amendments. Last year, I devoted a column to this subject. Now that we are down to …

Training should – and does – increase as vessels grow more complex

Superyachts have come a long way in the past 30 years. Vessels are much larger and more complex than ever before, whether in their integrated bridge systems, …

Trainers have profound effect on crew attitude, professionalism

By Capt. Brian Luke Over the years, some captains and crew have been skeptical of education and training, or have grown tired of sitting in on certification …

Safety culture onboard starts with yacht leadership

Safety and training are key elements of any well-managed vessel and crew. Developing a safety culture onboard any yacht takes practice and time. But how do you …

Success means not settling for minimum course requirements

Every year many young men and women like you arrive in Ft. Lauderdale with hopes of becoming a crewmember onboard a superyacht. The industry is very attractive …

Education, training, service are the foundation of every seafarer

The road to success in the superyacht industry is not always an easy one to navigate. Becoming an officer with navigational and management responsibilities is …

STCW code will enter full force soon, are you prepared?

As we quickly approach January 1, 2017, the Manila Amendments to the STCW Code will enter into full force by year’s end.  When it comes to licensing and …

Route allows crew to swap certifications

This year’s annual Royal Yachting Association (RYA) Instructor/Examiner conference, just held at Alexandra House in Swindon, UK from Jan. 29-31, ushers in a …

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Editor’s Picks

Shipyards, towboats and marine businesses go to court over New River closure

Shipyards, towboats and marine businesses go to court over New River closure

By Dorie Cox Shipyard owners, towing and repair companies, and other marine businesses will go before a judge later this month to stop …

Captains listen, foster team work, and take responsibility with crew issues

Captains listen, foster team work, and take responsibility with crew issues

From quarrels between cabin mates to squabbles over a task, yacht crew occasionally have an issue onboard. Apart from firing someone, The …

IMO extends Manila Amendment refresher deadline

IMO extends Manila Amendment refresher deadline

I have written much in these pages over the past year concerning the 2010 Manila Amendments to the STCW Convention. And I am compelled to …

Why owners like, use and buy big boats

Why owners like, use and buy big boats

There are myriad reasons why owners choose to endure the significant cost of big-boat ownership. Some use their boats as a business tool, …

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