John Konrad V

John Konrad V

Formal First Name

Captain John Konrad is the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of gCaptain, the most-read maritime and offshore news website in the world. Licensed to captain the world's largest ships, he has sailed from ports around the globe. He has also built some of the world's most advanced ships. Earlier in his career, Captain Konrad spent a decade as a crew member on oil tankers and exploration drillships. As chief mate or second-in-command, he was in command of emergency response and competently managed several accidents.

Professional Experience

Academic History


  • Konrad is a veteran oil rig captain with direct experience handling crises at sea. 
  • He holds a master mariner's unlimited license, which requires a minimum of 10 years of training. It includes a four-year degree at a maritime academy and six years at sea.
  • A USCG licensed Master of Unlimited Tonnage, he is qualified to pilot any size ship in any body of water.

  • Konrad has led numerous teams in world-record offshore exploration projects. 
  • He has managed billion-dollar offshore construction projects in some of the world's harshest marine environments.
  • He worked directly with Mukesh and Anil Ambani as Chief Maritime Officer for the discovery of Reliance KG-D6, the largest deposit of natural gas in India and the largest such discovery in the world at the time.
  • He was Chief Maritime Officer for a Chevron project that achieved the world record for drilling the world's deepest well.

  • Founder, Chief Executive Officer, and Editor-in-Chief of Captain
  • Co-Founder of Unofficial Networks
  • Member of the Board of Directors of Sea Ahead and Six Maritime
  • Member of the Council of American Master Mariners
  • Member of the American Merchant Marine Veteran Association
  • Member of the Navy League of the United States
  • Associate Fellow of the Nautical Institute
  • Honored Fellow of the International Dynamic Positioning Operators Association
  • US Navy Combined Maritime Forces Naval Support Award
  • Fort Schuyler Distinguished Alumni Of The Year

  • Konrad has appeared as a guest on Real Vision.
  • His interviews and consulting have been featured on NPR, BBC, CBC, NBC, New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Vanity Fair, Coast Guard Compass, and The US House of Representatives Committee on Natural Resources.


    • Konrad worked as a contributor at Forbes and has written or edited articles for The New York Times, Huffington Post, The Daily Beast, and Wall Street Journal.
    • He has also contributed to top maritime industry publications including NOAA Weather Log, Lloyd's List, Fairplay, and The Maritime Executive.