December 2013

I really enjoy Dennis Bryant's Daily Newsletter, his format allows me to scan it very quickly and if a mental alarm goes off, he provides some additonal info.

 

The December 20, 2013 newsletter issue made mention of MARPOL reception facilities inadequacies.

 

The write up referred to a USCG Houston Marine Safety Information Bulletin issued by COTP Brian Ponoyer.

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The year is not quite over, but, since I wrote a 2012 top 10 Maritime Things blog, I now feel somewhat driven to think about a 2013 top 10. Like last year, the subjects I am picking may not be entirely 2013 subjects, but they certainly came to the fore to me in this year.

 

So here it goes in no particular order of preference:

 

1.      MARITIME STEM

 

STEM education, which stands for Science Technology Engineering and Math education is the really big thing in education in the United States in 2013. Incredible amounts of money are spent to figure out ways to teach STEM more effectively. Meanwhile some schools and educators are shrugging their shoulders about STEM because they already know how to do it and are not struggling at all. Those schools are the maritime high schools and maritime academies. Those schools have developed seamless programs that integrate STEM in the normal course of the day simply by placing the students in a maritime setting. Since maritime education is deeply cultural it actually has already driven past the STEM concept and more accurately operates in the STEMPHLA arena where Science Technology Engineering and Math are tightly integrated with Philosophy, History, Language and Arts education. read more »

 

From 1995 to 2010 our holiday newsletter always included a small sketch made by Henk van Hemmen.

 

This year we decided to recapture those pictures we could find in our old files and republish them. Henk always drew these pictures with a thought towards those of us who are at sea or in foreign ports during the holidays.

 

Best wishes to all for the holidays and for 2014, and especially to those who sail the seas.

 

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