Published Works of Jaquelyn E. P. Burton

The following is a list of my published works that are not on my blog here or on the blog of Coeval, Inc.


Seas of Plastic

Published by on June 16th, 2016

“Some have blamed ships for contributing to this herculean plastic problem. Ships have been prohibited from disposing of any and all forms of plastics at sea since 1988. There is some evidence that some ships have disposed of plastics at sea against the regulations that were in place at the time and still are. However, increasing legislation does not stop the unscrupulous from illegal dumping – it didn’t then and doesn’t now.”-

Jaquelyn E. P. Burton

Dead Tired

Published by on May 25th, 2016

The errors in judgment and decision making have been sighted as a contributing and a primary factor in many maritime incidents and accidents. More problematic than fatigue itself is the culture that Mariners have built around fatigue being a badge of courage.

Jaquelyn E. P. Burton

Bridging the Gap Between Leadership and Management

Published by on May 20th, 2016

This desire to work in great teams, where members are valued and working together has the younger members of the workforce looking for more than a steady paycheck. They want to work with great leaders and be part of great teams; and who wouldn’t? After all great teams accomplish great things – this is applicable everywhere, from families and sports to tankers and space shuttles. Ships should be manned by great teams. They are out at sea regardless; they might as well enjoy working with their shipmates and make their ship the best it can be. –

Jaquelyn E. P. Burton

In Double ECDIS Failure, what good is a Sextant?

Published by on May 11th, 2016

ECDIS is becoming ubiquitous – and that is a good thing. However, as we move towards more and more vessels relying wholly on ECDIS and heavily on its integration with GPS, some new problems are of growing concern. At a time of an ever-increasing amount of automation, the U.S. Navy is going back to teaching celestial navigation after an extended period of its absence – also a good thing. But as was brought up in a discussion with former colleges – what good is a sextant if you have a double ECDIS failure?

Jaquelyn E. P. Burton

Training Forecast: Short Waves Of Terror In A Vast Sea Of Boredom

Published by on Apr 14th, 2016

As mariners, we experience “months of boredom interspersed with moments of sheer terror.” Most of the time everything goes fine – our training is for those other moments. The moments that can happen to any of us, the ones that stand between us and disaster.

This is why training needs to include challenges, games, experimentation, and discussion… as opposed to a lecture and multiple choice question format.

Jaquelyn E. P. Burton

Slipping Through The Safety Net

Published by on Mar 3rd, 2016

The thing with Navigation Warnings is – are you sure that you have received all of the ones you might need? There are times when as an officer of the watch you receive a NAVTEX message that is corrupted or unreadable. When you have a message come in where the only thing that you can’t read about a firing exercise zone is it’s location. –

Jaquelyn E. P. Burton

Why with all the requirements, regulations, and best practices in place do so many mariners die needlessly each year – under completely preventable circumstances? Take for example enclosed spaces. Why do so many mariners still die in enclosed spaces? With training requirements in place for more than 40 years, the deaths still continue. –

Jaquelyn E. P. Burton

Are We Planning to Fail?

Published by on Feb 8th, 2016

So much of our time in the maritime industry – both afloat and ashore is devoted to planning. But, how much planning is the right amount – Does such a thing exist? Many times as accident investigations can attest, planning either wasn’t done or was failed to be effectively communicated to the people who were tasked with executing it. –

Jaquelyn E. P. Burton


Life at Sea: Observations of a Modern Mariner

Self Published on, Aug 1st, 2015

The deck department; We are The Captain, The Chief Mate, The Navigators, The Safety Officers, The Medical Officers, The Bosun, The Able Seamen, and the Ordinary Seaman – We load the ship, chart the course, moor the vessel, set the anchors, keep the records, maintain the safety equipment, and maintain the vessels spaces and tanks. –

Jaquelyn E. P. Burton

Colregs Lights and Shapes Study Guide – Free

Self Published on, July 24th, 2015
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(Money from the sale of my ebooks goes to keep funding and growing Coeval, Inc. Working to make a difference in training for Modern Mariners)

LinkedIn Posts:

Are we planning to fail? – Questions and follow-up.

Self Published on LinkedIn, Feb 9th, 2016

One of the more interesting questions that it brought up was: Can you design a failure-free system?

I don’t think that any system can truly be failure free, but I do believe there is always room for improvement.

But, if it were possible to plan and design a failure-free system in the maritime industry – say safety training systems for example. What would that system look like? –

Jaquelyn E. P. Burton

Training Videos and Lights and Shapes Study Guide.

Self Published on LinkedIn, Jul 28th, 2015

The International Regulations for Preventing Collisions at Sea 1972 – when followed are our best strategies for avoiding catastrophic maritime collisions that can result in loss of life, damage to the environment, and loss and damage to ships and equipment.

Most professional mariners ensure that they follow the regulations, as do a few recreational boaters.

Some mariners, however, put the rest of us in danger.  Those that don’t know the regulations, those who don’t give way when they are required to, those who delay their action, those who fail to use their proper lights and signals. –

Jaquelyn E. P. Burton

So KMGB Made a New ECDIS Display.

Self Published on LinkedIn, Jul 28th, 2015

YAY, yet another type approved standard useless 24-inch display. What sounded like an enormous useful screen when the standards were written – is now pitiful and inefficient.

Designed by people who have never sailed. Sure it’s higher resolution but it is still a 24-inch display. When will they make an interactive chart table, with an intuitive interface where you can navigate on them? I worked on ECDIS compiled ships for six years, and as great as ECDIS could be it doesn’t live up to its potential.

The technology available on Ipad is better in many ways to the commercial ECDIS.  At least you can change the resolution and hook it up to a big screen tv. So you can see more area while keeping the detail. –

Jaquelyn E. P. Burton

Nor-Shipping 2015

Self Published on LinkedIn, Jun 2nd, 2015

I believe that sometimes governmental agencies and the various maritime companies are more concerned with their perceived stewardship of the environment. Rather than the true maintenance of the ships and the education of the crews and creating a real maritime culture that would achieve the stewardship that is so coveted. The safety culture and environmental awareness that is talked about by governmental agencies, in conferences, and within the management of maritime companies does not and won’t be created at that level. –

Jaquelyn E. P. Burton