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NMC seeking four subject matter experts

May 30, 2018 11:40 AM

The positions are available for those with shipboard deck and engineer officer backgrounds

The following is a news release from the National Maritime Center (NMC):

(MARTINSBURG, W.Va.) — The National Maritime Center currently has four permanent positions available in Martinsburg, W.Va., for people with shipboard deck and engineer officer backgrounds to serve as subject matter experts for the review of course and program submittals and development and revision of officer and rating examinations.

Additional information, including specific qualifications and application instructions, is available on the USA Jobs website at, by selecting the links below, or searching for the following announcements:


18-1738-SE-RD-M and/or 18-1738-SE-RD-D
18-1534-SE-BK-M and/or 18-1534-SE-BK-D


18-1662-SE-RD-M and/or 18-1662-SE-RD-D
18-1703-SE-RD-M and/or 18-1703-SE-RD-D

If you have any questions regarding these positions, contact information can be found in each announcement.

Dec 14, 2018 11:51 pm
 Posted by  Capt. David Irvine

My name is David B. Irvine, and I was a 1970 graduate of the U.S. Coast Guard Academy. I served on active duty for seven years, as an engineer with Vietnam service on the CGC Morganthau, a Secretary-class high endurance cutter with a combined gas turbine and diesel power plant. Next I served as assistant engineering officer and damage control officer on the CGC Burton Island. We did an Operation Deep Freeze, breaking ice to allow the cargo ships supplying the scientists in Antarctica, as well as a Winter West voyage to the north. I was posted then to the Marine Safety Office in New Orleans, where I evaluated applicants for a merchant mariner's document, or a license to operate small passenger vessels, up to unlimited licenses. I also served as an investigating officer during my assignment, figuring out what caused an accident, and who was responsible, and prosecuting the individuals who I had found caused the problem, in front of an administrative law judge.

After leaving the Coast Guard, I entered the merchant marine, switching over to the deck side and working my way up from third mate on mostly gasoline and diesel oil tankers until I got my unlimited master's license sailing on the 35,000-DWT tanker Chemical Pioneer.

So I am what is known in the industry as a "dully," someone who has both a chief engineer's license and a master's license.

I also served the late President George H.W. Bush as master of the M/V Cape Diamond during Operation Desert Shield/Desert Storm.

I believe I would be perfect for the positions you advertised in Professional Mariner magazine.

I can be contacted by email at or by phone at (480) 490-8238.

Thank you for considering my application,

Best regards,
David B. Irvine

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