THE CHAIN LOCKER
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Piracy? Or, maybe not... click image for Kennebec Captain blog post
As many may already know, the Kennebec Captain blog is written by a PCTC Master from Kennebec, Maine. It's an example of the type of blog you're able to find in the maritime world - blogs written by real mariners who know what they're talking about - because they've done it themselves. 

One of the big news stories recently was about the MAERSK TEXAS' embarked security team beating off as many as a reported 20 pirate skiffs during an attack in the Gulf of Oman. It was also reported that the Iranian Navy had responded and helped drive off the attackers. You can see both stories & links by clicking on "MAERSK TEXAS" in the Categories column to the right of the page. 

It was an exciting story. But KC, who has transited the area recently, made some good points about the reporting of that story. His MAERSK TEXAS post, which you can access by clicking the pirate flag above, gave me food for thought about uncritically accepting the initial reporting - though, in truth, most news outlets also did just that. I won't say any more, as he's done it better - go to his blog post and see if you don't agree with his points!

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Click image for Kennebec Captain WX post
The other Kenneebec Captain blog post I wanted to highlight was about marine weather forecasts - something I recently covered in a safety meeting with my guys, as we talked about the start of the 2012 Hurricane Season. Among several good points and links, KC discusses the increasing accuracy of modern marine weather forecasting,  and the refinement of the Mariner's 1-2-3 Rule. He gives a good rundown and also links to Fred Pickhardt's post on gCaptain and other resources involved in forecasting marine weather. So give this post a look, too - and put Kennebec Captain on your shortlist of blogs to keep an eye on.

I don't apologize for pointing to another blog when it's a good one - see my list on the "Links & Enthusiasms" page of this site for more. We in the maritime industry are lucky in the quality of folks who have decided to speak up about their end of the industry - active mariners who can give us the lowdown because they've been there, done that. I'm grateful for them, and keep finding new ones all the time.

What blogs do you follow? Comment and give us your list of "must read" maritime blogs!