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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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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 …

Climbing the ladder and flying through the ranks

What a great time to be in the yachting industry! Never before have there been this many megayachts plying the waterways of the world. As a result, there is a …

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Bridge repair to close New River navigation in February

Bridge repair to close New River navigation in February

UPDATE Dec. 6 A planned repair of the railroad bridge in downtown Ft. Lauderdale will close navigation to the city's major shipyards for …

Hiring yacht crew challenges captains

Hiring yacht crew challenges captains

Hiring crew is one of yachting's biggest challenges, according to some captains. They aim to pick the right candidates, but often …

There’s one more step after selling a boat: Take care of the crew

There’s one more step after selling a boat: Take care of the crew

The goal of most of the exhibitors at the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show is to sell boats. From the anecdotal stories I heard …

Government officers clarify policies for yachts in U.S. waters

The rules for yachts and crew in U.S. waters can all be found in written regulations, but there are often questions as to interpretation. …