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Coast Guard Establishes Mariner Website

The Coast Guard launched a website to provide merchant mariners with real-time information on the status of pending mariner credential applications. Merchant mariners can check the status of application packages throughout the verification and approval process by logging onto http://homeport.uscg.mil/, clicking on the Merchant Mariners tab and then clicking on Merchant Mariner Application Status. When application information is entered, Homeport will display the information submitted with the application package and current application status information. Mariner credentials that have already been issued will be displayed in Homeport as "issued" for a 120 day period. Mariners who need additional information after visiting the website can request additional information by telephone or email.


USCG Eases TWIC Requirements

The Coast Guard announced the publication of a policy letter that exempts a number of mariners from the requirement to obtain a Transportation Worker Identification Credential when renewing or obtaining a Coast Guard-issued merchant mariner credential. The policy letter provides immediate relief for mariners who otherwise would need to obtain a TWIC to get or renew their Merchant Mariner Credential. The policy letter also provides the Coast Guard with an expedient means to comply with a


Noble Drilling Reaches Agreement

Noble Drilling Corporation has negotiated a resolution to the dispute with Mariner Energy, Inc. regarding the use by Mariner of Noble's newly converted semisubmersible, Noble Homer Ferrington. As announced on January 10, 2000, Noble had previously filed suit against Mariner and Samedan Oil Corporation for breach of contract regarding the use of the rig. As part of the settlement, Mariner and Noble have executed agreements covering use of Noble Homer Ferrington at variable dayrates for 660


A New Floating Chapel: SCI’s CHAPLAINSBLOG

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In the early nineteenth century, the Seamen’s Church Institute (SCI) lodged its mission to seafarers in a floating chapel in the waters of the Port of New York. SCI prioritized “mobile” spiritual care, meeting mariners where their work brought them. Today, SCI chaplains remain just as agile, climbing gangways and riding tender vessels to reach mariners on board busy ships. This month, however, SCI steps up its mobility to bring chaplains’ messages wherever there is an


CG Participates in Merchant Mariner's Memorial

(U.S. Coast Guard photos/PA3 Barbara L. Patton)

The Reverend Jacques Girard and Megan Sanders of the Seamen's Church Institute deliver an invocation of prayer while Coast Guard Sector New York's color guard maintain a silent vigil during a wreath-laying ceremony at the Mariner's Memorial in Battery Park, N.Y., honoring mariners who have perished at sea on Mariner's Day May 19, 2009. The Seamens Church Institute of New York and New Jersey, founded in 1834, is affiliated with the Episcopal Church


Merchant Mariner Sentenced

Joseph A. Boevink (51) of Panama City, Fla., was sentenced by United States District Judge Thomas S. Zilly in Seattle to two months in custody, followed by up to 60 days in a halfway house, and two years of supervised release, for falsely claiming that he had never been convicted of a criminal offense on an application for Merchant Mariner license submitted to the U.S. Coast Guard in Seattle in January 2001. The U.S


USCG Remote Customer Assistance Office in Denver

The US Coast Guard said that it opened a Remote Customer Assistance Office in Denver to reduce time and travel costs for mariners in the area. The office will be open on the second and fourth Thursday of each month to assist mariners with obtaining new or renewed merchant mariner credentials. Source: HK Law


China Homeport for RCI Cruise Ship

Mariner of the Seas: Image courtesy of Royal Caribbean International

The largest cruise liner in Asia, 'Mariner of the Seas' docks in new homeport, the Wusongkou International Cruise Terminal in Baoshan District, Shangai. After two months of renovation costing US$20 million, the Mariner of the Seas sailed in April from the United States to Shanghai., informs Shanghai Daily. From June to October, Mariner of the Seas and other cruise ships will  set sail from Wusongkou International Cruise Terminal, with South Korea as the main destination.


Coast Guard to Appoint New Ancient Mariners

Furling sails barque Eagle: USCG photo

The Ancient Mariner title established in 1978 recognizes the officer and enlisted person with the earliest designation as a permanent cutterman and requires a minimum of ten years of sea time.  A change-of-watch ceremony for the U.S. Coast Guard Gold and Silver Ancient Mariners is scheduled to take place aboard Barque'Eagle at 10 a.m. Friday, May 2, 2014. The Gold (Officer) Ancient Mariner designation will pass from Coast Guard Commandant Adm. Bob Papp to Rear Adm


USCG – Certificate of Discharge to US Merchant Mariners

The US Coast Guard proposes to change the Certificate of Discharge to Merchant Mariners from a booklet format using carbon copies to one that can be downloaded from the Internet. The new version would still require signatures of the vessel master and the discharged mariner. Its availability on the Internet, though, would alleviate availability issues. Comments on this effort to bring the process into the 21st Century should be submitted by January 16, 2007.


San Jacinto College Breaks Ground on New Training Center

At the groundbreaking ceremony for the new San Jacinto College Maritime Training Center (Photo: Jeannie Peng-Armao, San Jacinto College)

San Jacinto College has broken ground along the Port of Houston for its new 45,000-square-foot Maritime Training Center.   At the site of 3700 Old Highway 146 in La Porte, stood student Dave Allen, taking in the view of concrete piers that will support San Jacinto College Maritime Training


River Bell Awards Acclaim Maritime 'Family'

Peter H. Stephaich receives the River Bell Award (Photo: SCI)

The Seamen’s Church Institute (SCI) recognized two inland maritime industry leaders at an annual awards luncheon Thursday, December 11, 2014, in Paducah, Ky.   The 15th Annual River Bell Awards Luncheon, hosted by SCI, raised more than $270


Water Levels Low on Lake St-Louis

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  Mariners are advised that due to low precipitation, and declining outflows, the water levels on Lake St-Louis are lower than normal. For this reason, the speed limit between buoys A30 and A40 is reduced as follows:  Vessels with a draft greater than 70 dm are limited to 11 knots


Aker Solutions Wins North Sea Contracts

Norwegian oil services firm Aker Solutions won two offshore contracts, including a 120 million pound ($188.82 million) deal to provide engineering, construction and commissioning services on Statoil's Mariner development in the UK, it said on Monday.


Aker Solutions Wins Mariner Development Deal

The work will be managed by Aker Solutions UK MMO unit through an integrated construction and completions (ICC) organization with Daewoo and Statoil.

  Aker Solutions secured a contract from Daewoo Shipbuilding and Marine Engineering to provide engineering, construction and commissioning services for the hook-up phase of the Mariner oilfield development in the UK North Sea. The agreement is worth more than GBP 120 million


USCG Rescues Mariner from Boat Near Maui

Coast Guard Station Maui at Māʻalaea,

  A man is safe after being rescued from a disabled boat approximately 46 miles southwest of Kahoolawe, Maui, Saturday. At 10:15 a.m., watchstanders at the Coast Guard Sector Honolulu command center received notification from a friend of the vessel’s operator reporting that the


Jones Act Gets Staunch Support

  The United States Congress this week enacted the strongest statement of support for the Jones Act and the American domestic maritime industry since the Merchant Marine Act of 1936. The measure was included as part of the National Defense Authorization Act (H.R


USMRC, ClassNK Ink Joint Research Deal

Left: Mr. Koichi Fujiwara, Class NK Vice President, and on the right is Mr. Brian T. Holden, President of USMRC.

The United States Maritime Resource Center (USMRC) in Middletown, Rhode Island and ClassNK have announced the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) laying out a framework for future technical cooperation to carry out joint research and development activities for the maritime industry.


IMO adopts Polar Code Safety Requirements

On November 21, the International Maritime Organization, or IMO, finalized the Polar Code and adopted amendments to the International Convention for the Safety of Life at Sea, or the SOLAS, which will create mandatory safety requirements for ships operating in Arctic and Antarctic waters.  


USCG Credentialing and Mariner Medical Evaluations

MarineNews contributor (Captain) Jeff Cowan handicaps the current system of medical evaluations and credentialing by the U.S. Coast Guard. It’s not all smooth sailing.    “While the U.S. Coast Guard regrets any hardship merchant mariners may experience to maintain their


Night Moves on America's Waterways

Overnight operations are certainly not unusual on America’s inland waterways, but that doesn’t make them any less hazardous. Onboard activities that seem so straightforward and customary in the light of day can take on a decidedly different feel after the sun sets and darkness


Avoiding the Edges of the Sea

As predicted by Rudyard Kipling in 1935, we have reached the point where technology has instilled a false sense of complacency in many mariners.  Technology only performs its designed tasks if properly programmed and utilized.

Mariners do best when they avoid the edges of the sea – the shoals, rocks, and other hard spots.  Coming into contact with the edges of the sea at other than a slow walking speed can ruin an otherwise pleasant voyage. Unfortunately, though


Mariner Medevaced from Bulker near Alaska

A U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) helicopter crew medevaced a mariner from a 623-foot bulk carrier located approximately 75 miles southeast of Cold Bay, Alaska, Sunday. Coast Guard 17th District Command Center watchstanders received a call from the crew of ALLSEAS MARINE S.A


NY-Area Seafarers to Join MM&P

Ron Tucker, Secretary Treasurer of Local 333 and Captain Don Marcus, who serves as President of the Masters Mates & Pilots.

New York Harbor Tug Boat Captains and Crews, Staten Island Ferry Workers, Circle Line and Other Tourist Boat Crews Vote to Join New Union.   New York-area watermen who operate tugboats, dredges, tourist boats and ferries, members of Staten Island-based Local 333


Ebola Safety Video Launched for Mariners

Photo: KVH Industries

"Ebola - Staying Safe," produced by maritime e-learning provider Videotel explains the dangers of ebola and its impact on ships and seafarers KVH Industries, Inc. is offering Videotel's new video about Ebola safety free to all mariners worldwide in an effort to increase awareness of






 
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