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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. Coast Guard is required under federal law to issue such licenses, called Merchant Mariner Documents, to individuals employed on large merchant vessels. One of the purposes of the license is to ensure that the U.S. Coast Guard knows who has access to, and is traveling on, merchant vessels that operate within United States waters. Boevink was convicted of the offense of False Statement to a United States Agency on March 10, 2004, following a two-day trial before a federal jury in Seattle. The case marks the first time a merchant mariner, identified through the nationwide U.S. Coast Guard initiative known as "Operation Drydock," has been convicted of a criminal offense at trial. Court records show that in December 2002, the U.S. Coast Guard initiated "Operation Drydock," a comprehensive criminal and counterterrorism investigation designed to identify vulnerabilities in the merchant mariner credentialing process


MSC Observes National Maritime Day

Pictured is U.S. Representative Gene Taylor of Mississippi. More than 200 guests attended Military Sealift Command's annual National Maritime Day ceremony at Willard Park on the Anacostia River at the historic Washington Navy Yard in Washington, D.C., to honor some unsung heroes of our nation's defense -- America's merchant mariners. Vice Adm. David L. Brewer III, USN, commander, MSC, hosted the ceremony that was attended by former Maryland congresswoman Helen Bentley as well as


Merchant Mariners Honored by MSC

Air Force Gen. Norton A. Schwartz, commander, U.S. Transportation Command, and more than 150 guests paid tribute to some of the unsung heroes of national defense – merchant mariners – at Military Sealift Command’s annual National Maritime Day memorial service and wreath-laying ceremony at the . National Maritime Day was established by Congress in 1933 to honor the contributions and sacrifices of merchant mariners in defense of the nation.


Merchant Mariner Equity Compensation Bill

Representative Filner (D-CA) introduced the Belated Thank You to the Merchant Mariners of World War II Act of 2009 (H.R. 23) to amend title 38, United States Code, to direct the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to establish the Merchant Mariner Equity Compensation Fund to provide benefits to certain individuals who served in the United States merchant marine (including the Army Transport Service and the Naval Transport Service) during World War II. (1/6/09).


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


Updated Merchant Mariner Medical Eval Forms

The Coast Guard is releasing a new version of the CG-719 K (Merchant Mariner Credential Medical Evaluation Report) and CG-719 K/E (Merchant Mariner Evaluation of Fitness for Entry Level Ratings) forms to facilitate obtaining objective medical information which will enable the Coast Guard to make accurate and timely fit for duty determinations which will reduce risk to maritime safety. These forms more clearly align the Merchant Mariner Credentialing process with the policies set forth by


Merchant Mariner Credentials Extended in the Gulf Region

The Coast Guard is extending the expiration dates of licenses, merchant mariners' documents and certificates of registry held by merchant mariners impacted by the effects of Hurricane Katrina. The authority for this temporary relief measure was included in the Coast Guard Maritime and Transportation Act of 2006. Details are contained in the notice published Aug. 16, 2006 in the Federal Register. This measure applies to certain mariners holding any of the above credentials that have


Coast Guard Establishes Mariner Physical Exam Requirements

The Coast Guard recently published two Federal Register notices relating to physical examination requirements for merchant mariners, based on National Transportation Safety Board recommendations issued following the catastrophic 2003 Staten Island ferry marine casualty in New York Harbor. The first notice announces and seeks public comment on a draft Navigation and Vessel Inspection Circular on medical and physical evaluation guidelines for merchant mariner credentials


U.S. Merchant Mariner Document Renewals

The U.S. Coast Guard issued an interim rule enhancing the application procedures for the Merchant Mariner Licensing and Documentation program. The major change is that mariners seeking to renew current documents must appear in person at a Regional Examination Center (REC) for fingerprinting during the renewal process. All applicants will undergo criminal and security checks. New tamper-resistant documents will be issued. The rule comes into effect immediately


Bill Proposed to Repay WWII Merchant Mariners

Congresswoman Janice Hahn (Calif.) and Congressman John Duncan Jr. (Tenn.) introduced the “Honoring Our WWII Merchant Mariners Act of 2015,” which would provide a modest benefit to surviving Merchant Marines who served during World War II.   More than 200,000 Americans served in the U.S. Merchant Marines and aided military efforts in both Europe and the Pacific during World War II.  Thousands of Merchant Mariners faced enemy attack and died at sea while hundreds more


SCI’s New Chapter in Maritime Training

The Simulator at the Center for Maritime Education in Paducah, KY.

On December 10, 2014, SCI launched a major initiative to transform training for America’s inland mariners at its Center for Maritime Education in Paducah, KY.   The day before its 15th Annual River Bell Awards ceremony, the Seamen’s Church Institute (SCI) pushed the proverbial


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.  


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


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


Marad: National Maritime Symposium a good first step

Marad Photo: fully loaded container ship at sea

Paul "Chip" Jaenichen, Acting U.S. Maritime Administrator, weighs in on the Marad Strategy Symposium. He said this week, "... We concluded the Maritime Administration's first National Maritime Strategy Symposium, and we're pleased that it included so many leaders who work every day


Glosten Associates Joined by Marine Consultant Peter Soles

Peter Soles: Photo credit The Glosten Associates

Peter Soles has joined The Glosten Associates as a Marine Consultant and will be supporting the firm’s ocean engineering and marine logistics projects. “Peter brings a broad knowledge of marine transportation policy, oceangoing vessel management and operation


Soles Joins Glosten Associates

Peter Soles

Peter Soles has joined The Glosten Associates as a Marine Consultant and will be supporting the firm’s ocean engineering and marine logistics projects.  “Peter brings a broad knowledge of marine transportation policy, oceangoing vessel management and operation


Ship Recycling Supports Maritime Academies

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From office equipment and furniture, to single-family homes, the U.S. Government periodically auctions property it no longer needs. In doing so, it makes money from aging Federal assets that can be used to better serve the American people. So what does the Government do with a 450-ft long, 10


D-Day 70, 2014 WWII Mechant Marine Service Act

Klaus Luhta

During the 70th observance of D-Day, 10,000 surviving World War II American merchant marines, the International Organization of Masters, Mates and Pilots and U.S. Representative G.K. Butterfield will be pressing the Senate to pass legislation giving these veterans benefits they were promised but


Military To Maritime: Connecting Veterans to Work Opportunities

Military2Maritime Event: Photo MARAD

Paul "Chip" Jaenichen, Acting Administrator at the Maritime Administration (MARAD) draws attention to a recent Military 2 Maritime information and recruiting session, hosted by the American Maritime Partnership in Jacksonville, Florida


M/V Cape Ray: Last Stop for Syrian Chemical Weapons

The 648-foot roll-on/roll-off Ready Reserve Force ship M/V Cape Ray (Photo: MARAD)

As I write, the M/V  Cape Ray, a 648-foot roll-on/roll-off Ready Reserve Force ship is steaming under orders towards Gioia Tauro, Italy, to load hundreds of tons of Syrian Government chemical weapon agents and precursor chemicals, before neutralizing them at sea.


Hearing: 'The Status of the Merchant Marine'

Chairman Duncan Hunter (R-Calif.) and the Subcommittee on Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation are scheduled to hold a hearing today on “The Status of the Merchant Marine”. Below are Hunter’s opening remarks. The Subcommittee is meeting today to review issues impacting the U


MARAD to Mark the Return of MV Cape Ray

MV Cape Ray (U.S. Navy photo by William Clark)

Maritime (MARAD) Administrator Paul N. Jaenichen will host a ceremony on Friday, September 19, 2014 in Portsmouth, Va. to honor the civilian crew who helped to destroy Syria’s chemical weapons at sea aboard the MV Cape Ray. The MV Cape Ray, crewed by all-volunteer U.S


TOTE Receives $324.6m Title XI Loan Guarantee

Rendering courtesy of TOTE

New vessels will create jobs, increase amount of cargo moved between Florida and Puerto Rico U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx today announced the approval of a $324.6 million Title XI loan guarantee to TOTE Shipholdings, Inc., to finance the construction of two container ships that


US Ebola-aid Ships Return Home

MV Cape Rise (Photo: Military Sealift Command)

America is leading the global effort to end the Ebola outbreak in West Africa. And part of the Obama Administration's whole-of-government response has included some recent heavy lifting by two ships from the Maritime Administration's (MARAD) Ready Reserve Force






 
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