Can you name three famous seafarers? Or do you know where your nearest port is? Don't worry if you're struggling with the answers - you're not alone!
Off course explores why the maritime sector remains such a mystery to many of us when it plays such an important role in all our lives.
Join host Robert Murtagh as he hears inspirational stories from across the industry - from captains on deck, to campaigners on land and those captured by pirates. Off course: a sideways look at life at sea.
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Friday 21 April 2023
Episode 5 features Captain Kai Kaltegartner, who shares with us his harrowing experiences onboard vessels rescuing people fleeing violence, insecurity and persecution.
Tuesday 3 March 2023
Episode 4 features first female master of the Royal Fleet Auxiliary (RFA), Captain Susan Cloggie-Holden. She tells us about her extraordinary career managing risk under high pressure, supporting Royal Navy and Merchant Navy seafarers, and promoting a more representative maritime workforce.
Friday 20 January 2023
Episode 3 features Dr. Tom Stoffregen, an expert in motion sickness from the University of Minnesota who discusses his theory of why some people are more susceptible and offers some advice to alleviate symptoms. He tells us there is only one known cure… you're going to have listen in to find out what it is!
Friday 18 November 2022
Episode 2 features a trailblazer in diversity in the maritime industry. Sanjam Sahi Gupta is Director of Sitara Shipping, founder of the Women's International Shipping and Trading Association (WISTA) India and CEO of Maritime SheEO. Sanjam talks to us about her often difficult experiences as one of the few women at a senior level in the industry and how these challenges have informed her campaigning work in making not simply the moral case but – crucially – the business case for diversity.
Friday 14 October 2022
Episode 1 features Captain Rich Phillips – the Captain Phillips played by Tom Hanks in the Hollywood blockbuster movie of the same name. We speak to Captain Phillips about the accuracy of the movie, how his family reacted to his capture, why he rejects the label of 'hero' and why we shouldn't get complacent about piracy.
With thanks to Nautilus Federation affiliate, the International Organization of Masters, Mates and Pilots.