A New Bridge Resource Management Textbook Shipboard Bridge Resource Management by Michael R. Adams A study of human factors aboard ship. Book information and online ordering: www.noreasterpress.com/books/SBRM.php Available direct or at booksellers. "A master mariner and retired Coast Guard commander, Michael R. Adams has written a timely textbook on properly managing the pilothouse, particularly in narrow seas . . . the book is written in a fluid manner that makes for interesting reading on what is an essential subject for any prudent mariner." Professional Mariner N had been put toward loans for newbuilds, the course of events might have changed." Tugs, barges, ATBs, and most recently, harbor pinboats began their ascent for a number of reasons, some technical, some regulatory. And some had to do with the customers. "Every little river like the Hackensack, the Passaic, Westchester Creek, the Hutchinson River, had its terminals," says Capt. Poling. "And in those days, you could get the tankers in and out on two tides per day. But as small terminals closed due to legislation or capacity or old age, it was the death knell for the small tanker" as a dominant force in delivery. This is not to say that small terminals have vanished from the rivers and creeks. There are fewer, but still a good number. So it's also not to say that tankers have lost viability or even, occasionally, superiority. Weather might snap lines of tug/barge units, or keep them weatherbound altogether. Weather on a typical trip to East Rockaway might "beat the heck out of us O R ' E A S T E R P R E S S on a tanker" says Capt. Poling, but the delivery would be made. So where tankers and small terminals had once been a mainstay, they were starting to become a niche. The old Poling Transportation, beset with costs for maintenance and repair and other expenses, ceased operations in 1995. Some of the assets were sold to a variety of operations around the harbor -- including, among others, Reinauer, Turecamo, and United Pilots. Capt. Poling's father, Ed Poling, Sr., had tried to discourage his son from the maritime business, exactly because it can be so precarious. The advice failed to stick. After completing college at N.Y.U., the younger Poling started on deck and kept going, earning a master's ticket. As the old family company dissolved, he began thinking about what might be wrested from the wreckage. He confided his thoughts in his wife, Patricia. She mentioned some of it to her high-school friend and jogging partner, Evelyn. Evelyn passed a bit on to her husband, Gary Cutler. "My dad was a captain on a commercial fishing boat years before," said Mr. Cutler, "and like Ed's father, he pointed me ashore. I'd worked on boats, but by the time the wives were having their conversations, I was working on Wall Street writing financial software. I was happy, although after a number of years, I was feeling that I wanted to make more of a mark." Once the wives made the connection, "Ed came to me, and said there were two boats within financial reach, and he thought they could make money. The numbers seemed to work, the business plan seemed like it would work, it seemed like a venture that had legs. I'd just started with a new firm, but I decided to quit my day job." The two boats Capt. Poling had in mind were the Leona L. -- ex-Socony Buffalo -- and her considerably newer counterpart, the 1941-built John B. Caddell, a coastal-style tanker of 8000-BBL capacity. "She'd been built by Poling Transportation under that name," says Capt. Poling, "as there was a good relationship between Chester Poling, my Great Uncle" and the owner of Caddell Shipyard back at the start of World War II. Says Gary Cutler, "We were attempting to negotiate to purchase the Leona L. and the John B. Caddell, but negotiations hit a dead end and our calls" to Janet Mahland, Capt. Poling's second cousin who was president of the old company, "would not be returned. She must have had a full plate, and the plan Ed and I had developed seemed to be dying on the vine. I was sitting at my desk one day, wondering do we really let it end here?" An idea, in Mr. Cutler's words "a little outside the box," struck -- why not say it with flowers? "I had a big bouquet sent, thinking she'll have them on her desk, everyone will ask who sent them, she'll have to repeat our name all day." The partners agree that they'll never know if the flowers actually did the trick, and it could be as the Greeks used to say, "post hoc, ergo propter hoc." However, "the next morning," said Mr. Cutler, "I received a call from one of Janet's assistants, suggesting terms of a deal." The Old-Fashioned Family Way The partners had applied for a loan with the Small Business Administration, and the application was approved. The John B. Caddell had been laid-up for quite a while, but the Leona L. had been running practically to the end of Poling Transportation, and required relatively little work -- "relatively" being a relative term. "We spent the winter of 1995-96 basically living aboard," said Mr. Cutler, acting as tankerman as Capt. Poling acted as captain. "I don't know if the cold was recordbreaking that year, but it sure felt like it." They renamed the tanker Coral Queen -- Capt. Poling had a home in Cape Coral, Florida, Mr. Cutler lived in The Kristin took a pounding when she grounded in the silted-in channel in East Rockaway last November, battered for two-and-a-half days and needing some fixing. But no oil was spilled. (Photo: Don Sutherland) 20 · MarineNews · February, 2007
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