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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, 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.

First Consolidated Merchant Mariner Credential

Jessica Dennis, regulatory compliance manager for Hornbeck Offshore, receives the first new consolidated Merchant Mariner Credential from Capt. David Stalfort, commanding officer of the National Maritime Center, during the Towing Safety Advisory Committee meeting held Thursday, May 7, 2009, at Dania Beach, Fla. (U.S. Coast Guard photo/U.S. Coast Guard)

The U.S. Coast Guard issued the first consolidated Merchant Mariner Credential May 7, during the Towing Safety Advisory Committee meeting held at Dania Beach, Fla. Jessica Dennis, a regulatory compliance manager for Hornbeck Offshore, was the first mariner to receive the new MMC as evidenced by its serial number of 000000001. Dennis is a graduate of the Texas Maritime Academy and holds domestic officer endorsements such as; second mate of steam motor vessels, able seaman

Guidelines re Proficiency in First Aid

The U.S. Coast Guard issued a Navigation and Vessel Inspection Circular (NVIC) entitled “Guidelines for Assessing Merchant Mariners through Demonstration of Proficiency in Medical First Aid.” The guidelines are for use in training programs for U.S. merchant mariners. NVIC 05-04 (HK Law).

Hearing on Merchant Mariner Licensing and Documentation

On July 20, the Subcommittee on Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure will conduct a hearing on merchant mariner licensing and documentation. Source: HK Law

U.S. Secretary of Labor Pays Tribute to Merchant Mariners

U.S. Secretary of Labor Elaine L. Chao issued a statement on National Maritime Day urging awareness and acknowledgement of the achievements and sacrifice of the U.S. Merchant Marine: "On this National Maritime Day 2007, I call on all Americans to recognize and honor those men and women who serve so proudly in our United States Merchant Marine and to remember those who have made the ultimate sacrifice and given their lives in service of our country.

U.S. Transportation Secretary Honors U.S. Merchant Marine on National Maritime Day

As part of the celebration of National Maritime Day, U.S. Secretary of Transportation Norman Y. Mineta today honored the men and women of the U.S. merchant marine who risk their lives on wartime seas. This year’s ceremony at Navy Memorial Auditorium paid special tribute to the action of mariners during World War II. Following the presentation of the colors and a moment of silence, Secretary Mineta spoke of WWII merchant mariners who sacrificed their lives in service to the nation

CSR Protests Proposal to Eliminate Crew List Visas

The Center for Seafarers' Rights (CSR) of the Seamen's Church Institute of New York & New Jersey has called on the U.S. State Department to postpone the elimination of crew list visas until October 2004. "The United States should not eliminate the most accessible and utilized means merchant mariners have for applying for shore leave until an adequate internationally acceptable replacement for an identity document exists," said Douglas B. Stevenson, Director of the Center for Seafarers' Rights

CG Merchant Mariner Qualification Credentials

The U.S. Coast Guard's Marine Safety, Security and Stewardship Directorate announced March 16 the publication of a final rule consolidating regulations for the issuance of merchant mariner qualification credentials. The changes simplify the existing merchant mariner qualification credentialing process by reducing the number of credentials a mariner will need to hold. The rule also eliminates redundant regulatory burdens and government processes

MarAd Launches Merchant Mariner Outreach System

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Maritime Administration (MarAd) has announced the creation of the new web-based Mariner Outreach System (MOS). The system will improve MarAd’s ability to contact mariners during a national sealift emergency. Merchant mariners provide crucial sealift to U.S. Armed Forces for overseas missions, and recently provided vital support for hurricane recovery efforts. The MOS, which will be operated by MARAD as a service to mariners

MSC Ship Prevents Suspected Piracy Attack


At approximately 10:30 local time May 5, Military Sealift Command ship (MSC) USNS Lewis and Clark (T-AKE-1) was approached by suspected pirates off the eastern coast of Somalia and took evasive action to prevent a successful attack. While transiting north to provide logistics support for U.S. Navy and coalition ships operating in the area, two pirate skiffs pursued Lewis and Clark for more than an hour, closing to a distance of approximately one nautical mile.

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Dennis Bryant

On June 23, 1995, the cruise ship Star Princess, carrying 1,568 passengers and 639 crew, grounded on charted and marked Poundstone Rock in the Lynn Canal of Alaska. Although there were no deaths or injuries, the ship’s bottom was ripped open. Repairs cost $21.16 million

Kumar to Lead MARAD Education and Training

Shashi N. Kumar, Ph.D

Dr. Shashi N. Kumar, Academic Dean at the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy (USMMA), has accepted a position to serve as Deputy Associate Administrator and National Coordinator for Maritime Education and Training at the headquarters of the Maritime Administration (MARAD).  

Shippers Cannot Relax Their Guard in SE Asia -MAST

Following a spate of six attacks in the Singapore Straight over the weekend, maritime security provider MAST is calling for shipping companies to strengthen their approach to maritime security in South East Asia.   “Shipping companies need to look at Best Management Practices (BMP) 4

USCG Plans to Up Passenger Boat Enforcement

U.S. Coast Guard photo

Coast Guard to step up enforcement of passenger boats along Florida’s coast, reminds passengers to “Ask the Captain”   The U.S. Coast Guard and partner agencies are stepping up enforcement of illegally operated passenger boats in the waters along Florida’s coast

USMMA's Class of 2019 Arrives for Indoctrination

INDOC 2019 Highest percentage of females ever

  The U.S. Merchant Marine Academy at Kings Point (USMMA) today welcomed its incoming Class of 2019, consisting of 255 plebe candidates representing 46 states and the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico. With 50 female candidates, the incoming class has the highest percentage of young women to enter

ICG Rescues 20 from MV Jindal Kamakshi

Rescue Operation by Indian Coast Guard Underway

  At about 2300 hrs on 21 Jun 15 a container merchant vessel “Jindal Kamakshi” sent a distress alert. The vessel was on passage from Mundra to Kochi with 20 crew members onboard. The vessel was about 35 kms from the nearest coast and 75 kms from Mumbai

Insights: Capt. Novotny, Commanding Officer, USCG National Maritime Center


Captain Jeffrey P. Novotny is Commanding Officer of the U.S. Coast Guard’s National Maritime Center in Martinsburg, WV. He is responsible for all activities related to professional credentialing, training and assessments of the nation’s 215,000 merchant mariners

SIU Honors Thomas B. Crowley Sr.

Crowley’s current Chairman and CEO Tom Crowley Jr. – the son of Crowley Sr. – addresses the crowd at the Seafarers International Union dedication ceremony that named a new building in his father’s memory. (Photo: Crowley)

SIU Piney Point building dedicated in honor of the late Thomas B. Crowley Sr.   The Seafarers International Union (SIU) recently honored the late Thomas Crowley Sr. during a dedication ceremony that named a new administration building in his memory. The new Thomas Crowley Sr

New Flag Program Honors US Merchant Marines

Image: MARAD

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Maritime Administration (MARAD) announced the launch of the United States Merchant Marine Flag Program, which will provide U.S. Merchant Marine Flags for display nationwide, honoring the historic and continuing contributions of U.S

SCA Stresses US Shipyards' Role to National Security

Photo by John Whalen (Huntington Ingalls Industries)

The Shipbuilders Council of America (SCA), a national trade association representing the nation’s shipbuilding and repair industry is hosting a fly-in beginning today. More than 85 members of SCA will participate to share the strength of America’s shipbuilding and repair industry


U.S. Maritime Administrator Paul Jaenichen addresses the gathered audience at the 7th annual Women on the Water (WOW) conference.

The United States Merchant Marine Academy Hosts 7th Annual Women on the Water Conference. Last week, The United States Merchant Marine Academy (USMMA) in conjunction with the U.S. Maritime Administration (MARAD) hosted the 7th Annual Women on the Water (WOW) Conference

Bill in Congress to Expand Benefits for WWII Merchant Seamen

 U.S. Representative G.K. Butterfield (Photo courtesy of the U.S. Congress)

  Representatives G. K. Butterfield (D-NC) and Walter Jones (R-NC) introduced bipartisan legislation this week that would make deserving World War II U.S. Merchant Mariners eligible for honorary veterans’ status and certain veterans’ benefits, Rep

Insights: Rear Admiral Paul F. Thomas

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Rear Admiral Paul Thomas is the Assistant Commandant for Prevention Policy overseeing three Coast Guard directorates: Inspections and Compliance, Marine Transportation Systems, and Commercial Regulations and Standards. The programs include waterways management, navigation and boating safety

Settlement Approved Between USCG, Tug Operator

A settlement between the U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) and the operator of the tug Shannon was approved Tuesday by a U.S. Federal Administrative Law Judge.   The settlement calls for a two month suspension of Merchant Mariner’s Credentials

Proposed Federal Budget Includes Funding for New SUNY Maritime Vessel

SUNY Maritime’s current training vessel Empire State VI is 52 years old (Photo courtesy of SUNY Maritime College)

The proposed 2016 federal budget included funding for the design of new multi-mission vessels that will serve as training ships for the nation’s state maritime academies, including the State University of New York (SUNY) Maritime College.  

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