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Community colleges expand maritime training as regulations stiffen

Community colleges expand maritime training as regulations stiffen

Community colleges have a well-earned reputation for filling the gaps, providing a path for high school graduates wary of a four-year academic commitment and for adults looking to transition to a new career.

March 2016
Industry prepares for new global ECDIS standards, training requirement

Industry prepares for new global ECDIS standards, training requirement

The industry is bracing for updated standards for electronic chart display and information systems (ECDIS) that go into effect in August 2016, as deck officers face a training certification deadline by the end of the year.

February 2016
FuelGuru’s Russo: With more fuel training, mariners and fleet operators can influence diesel suppliers, save money

FuelGuru’s Russo: With more fuel training, mariners and fleet operators can influence diesel suppliers, save money

The modern diesel engines that power the professional marine trades are highly calibrated marvels of engineering, while at the same time the diesel fuel that feeds them varies considerably from fuel to fuel. A diet of the best possible diesel fuel is critical to the performance and efficiency of these modern, high performance engines.

Web Exclusive 2014
STCW mariners to receive mandatory leadership training

STCW mariners to receive mandatory leadership training

In a conference room surrounded by a half-dozen captains and mates, Capt. Scott Conway leads a discussion of leadership needs aboard their vessels — and what can go wrong when communication is poor.

August 2014
STCW mariners will need to renew some fire training ashore

STCW mariners will need to renew some fire training ashore

A blaze is raging inside a tanker’s engine space. Two teams of mariners prepare to enter. A pair of fire hoses are at the ready.

May 2014
Russo: Subchapter M will require higher level of training, more written lesson plans

Russo: Subchapter M will require higher level of training, more written lesson plans

With the pending implementation of Subchapter M for towing vessels, many companies and masters are examining how these changes might affect their operations.

Web Bulletin 2013
Clawson: Coast Guard’s STCW policy letters provide window into future of rest hours, endorsements, ECDIS

Clawson: Coast Guard’s STCW policy letters provide window into future of rest hours, endorsements, ECDIS

Web Exclusive 2013

You received an “A.I.” letter from the National Maritime Center, but you can’t fulfill the request within the 90-day limit. What do you do?

Q&A

Web Exclusive 2013
When your license is at stake, hiring a consultant can make a difference

When your license is at stake, hiring a consultant can make a difference

Randy Cole, a captain on articulated tug barges, renewed his 200 ton master near coastal and 200 ton master of towing licenses in 2011. He did not do it alone.

August 2013

New law reduces TWIC visits, calls for NMC medical-program review

Soon mariners will be able to get their Transportation Worker Identification Credential with only one visit to a TWIC center.

April 2013
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