Dr. Christopher Landsea, Chief of the Tropical Analysis & Forecast Branch of the National Hurricane Center, recently moderated a seminar delivered via live broadcast for U.S. National Weather Service forecasters. The presentation was delivered from the container ship Maersk Columbus, off the coast of West Africa by MITAGS instructor and professional mariner, Captain Rich Madden.

The discussion entitled, “Navigating the Elements: Lessons Learned from El Faro and Weather Information Techniques in Maritime Operations” was one of the first educational webinars delivered from a merchant ship under way. Captain Madden provided a unique perspective on lessons learned in 2015 from the tragic loss of El Faro. Insights were shared to obtain and interpret weather information for maritime operations.

Click here to read Dr. Landsea’s article in Maritime Executive and to watch a recording of the seminar.

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