July 24, 2014 
In this issue:
- Do you know about Our Live Online Classes?
We were the second school in the country to have this kind of class approved. Check out the details below!
- The Captain's Spotlight this week shines on Captain Piero Calamai of the SS Andrea Doria, a fine example of how a Captain should behave when tragedy strikes...
- In the Captain's Corner we share the answers to questions about: 
- throwable devices and
- sound signaling devices
- Take a look at the dates of our next Captain's License Classes.

- Visit the link in the Local Notice to Mariners section and make sure your voice is heard in the 21st Century Waterways Survey.
We hope you enjoy this issue and look forward to your suggestions and feedback!


Lori and Rachel Cortez

CQuest Marine 

(510) 573-0641


Our Live Online Classes
A New Way to Get Your Captain's License! 
We've had a chance to talk with some of our CQuest friends and Captains lately and not everyone is aware of our new online classes! We thought we were really getting the word out and it's just not happening! 
- Do you know that we were only the second school in the country to receive an approval from the Coast Guard to conduct all of our Captain's License Classes in an online format?
- Do you know these are NOT the sit-by-yourself-in-front-of-the-computer classes that you may have seen elsewhere?
- Do you know these are live, online, face-to-face by webcam classes with an instructor and no more than five students at a time on a secure platform?
That means you can sit in front of your computer, in the comfort of your home or office and take most of your Captain's License class by webcam!!
Help us get the word out! If you've taken our Online Class be sure to tell your friends or forward this newsletter! If you'd like more information you can find out about our online classes here: Live Online Captains License Classes or give us a call and we'll get you signed up for one of the most convenient ways yet to Get Your Captain's License! 

510 573-0641

Captain's Spotlight
Captain Calamai and
The Sinking of the Andrea Doria
58 Years Ago, July 25 1956 

Captain Piero Calamai 

Captain of the Andrea Doria



Night fell and the warm Summer air over the Atlantic Ocean blanketed it in a dense sea fog off the coast of New England 58 years ago. The luxury liner SS Andrea Doria glided through the darkened waters, steam turbines connected to twin screws churning at the aft, and pressed Westward at nearly 22 knots (~25 mph) after already slowing due to poor visibility conditions. Captain Piero Calamai activated the ship's fog warning whistle and closed its watertight doors.


Unaware of the fog-cloaked Andrea Doria, Captain Harry Gunnar Nordenson of the Swedish cruise liner MS Stockholm made way Eastward into the thick fog bank. The ships would later only be able to locate each other via radar, and in one of the most tragic maritime disasters of our time collide causing the immediate deaths of over 50 people between the two ships. The ice-breaking bow of the Stockholm pierced the side of the Andrea Doria, the resulting gash in her hull let in the briny sea as she sank over the next 11 hours.


The death count of this calamity could have been much higher were it not for the diligent and focused leadership of Captain Calamai. In an effort to keep his passengers from panicking, Calamai objected to sounding the abandon ship signal in an effort to allow a calm and orderly evacuation. The Andrea Doria listed, incapacitating half of her lifeboats and tipping threateningly into the ocean as her Captain and crew assisted passengers into the remaining lifeboats.


Due to his excellent strength of character and respect for the souls aboard the vessel, Captain Calamai ensured that everyone possible was saved that day. He was the last person off after ensuring the safety of passengers and crew before leaving the sinking ship. This is how a hero, a role model, a Captain is supposed to behave in the face of tragedy. We've recently been confronted with news of Captains who cannot share in this kind of honor - the Sewol ferry catastrophe, and atrocity of the Costa Concordia leave us dumbstruck by the cowardly behavior of their Captains and crewmembers.


As always we wish "smooth sailing" to the sea faring community; however, in the face of disaster we wish you strength, we wish you courage, and above all the unshakeable determination to prevent the loss of life. Godspeed.


Rachel at CQuest Marine



Captain's Corner
The Ins and Outs of 
Running a Passenger Vessel
Some recent questions... 

Why doesn't a Mustang inflatable rescue stick count as a Type IV throwable device? 

Why indeed!? You would think a $150 piece of survival equipment like the Mustang rescue stick would be preferable over a $15 throwable cushion! However, the rescue stick is not Coast Guard approved and even though it can be thrown farther and with more accuracy, it is not a substitute for the required Type IV throwable device. 

The Mustang folks responded to our inquiry by stating that there is currently no plan to request approval in the near future. Which may or may not have to do with a recent recall of the device. 

If you have a Mustang rescue stick please check out the recall advisory on the Mustang website here:

Does a built-in boat horn meet the requirements of a sound signalling device?

Not always. Most installed boat horns require 12 volt power and if we lose battery power then we also lose the ability to make sound signals. In any case our vessels must be provided with some means of making an efficient sound signal. 

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Our Next Captain's License Classes
There are still a few seats left in each of these classes!

Start Dates:
Aug 4 Day Class
Aug 18 Evening Class
September 8 Day Class 
September 22 Evening  Class
Call us for more details or to reserve your seat!
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The Local Notice to Mariners
Here is a link to the latest edition of the Local Notice to Mariners:
Continuing from earlier LNM entries:
Let your voice be heard! 
In May and June of this year the Army Corps of Engineers, the U.S. Coast Guard and NOAA scheduled ten "Joint Public Listening Sessions" around the U.S. to gather information about the future of navigation. 
If you missed the listening sessions, they are continuing to gather information through an online survey: 

They are asking about the products you are currently using, what's good and bad about them, what would make them better and how you would like them delivered! 

Tell them what  you need here:

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