Licensing & Training

Coast Guard seeks input from unlimited tonnage deck officers

(WASHINGTON) — The U.S. Coast Guard is seeking input from mariners who hold national merchant mariner credential (MMC) deck officer endorsements for unlimited tonnage vessels to validate information gathered as part of a job task analysis (JTA). Since 2016, the…

MarAd announces first Centers of Excellence for workforce training

(WASHINGTON) — The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Maritime Administration (MarAd) announced on Wednesday the designation of 27 Centers of Excellence for Domestic Maritime Workforce Training and Education (CoE). The CoE designation recognizes community colleges and training institutions that prepare students…

US Coast Guard Academy graduates 240 new officers

(NEW LONDON, Conn.) — The U.S. Coast Guard Academy graduated 240 new officers along with seven international students Wednesday, with keynote speaker President Joseph Biden in attendance. The Class of 2021 consists of 34 percent women and 34 percent from…

Coast Guard launches new mentoring program

(WASHINGTON) — The U.S. Coast Guard launched an innovative and modernized approach to mentorship Saturday, offering expanded leadership opportunities to the Coast Guard active duty, reserve and civilian workforce. The program goes beyond traditional mentoring and provides four types of…

Coast Guard Foundation issues matching gift challenge

(STONINGTON, Conn.) — The Coast Guard Foundation, a nonprofit organization committed to strengthening the Coast Guard community and service by supporting members and families, announced Tuesday that Leidos, a corporate donor, has offered to triple-match every gift received by June…

Maine Maritime plans ‘near-normal’ return to campus this fall

(CASTINE, Maine) — Maine Maritime Academy has announced that preparations are underway for "near-normal" campus operations this fall. “We are incredibly proud to have been able to maintain in-person instruction throughout the last two semesters and look forward to a…

Technology in a backpack: PPUs modernize piloting

Modern PPUs are composed of sensors and a laptop computer (or tablet) typically carried aboard in a backpack. The sensors are placed outside on the ship and the pilot uses the real-time data to improve navigational…

Texas A&M, LNG companies launch pilot program for cadets

(GALVESTON, Texas) — A new maritime education program advancing real-world knowledge and experience is going full steam ahead thanks to a partnership between the Texas A&M Maritime Academy, Cheniere Energy Inc., and GasLog Ltd. LNG Services. Two Texas A&M Maritime…

Robert Allan Memorial Scholarship open to applicants for 2021

(VANCOUVER, British Columbia) — The Robert Allan Memorial Scholarship award is now open for applications until June 30. The scholarship was created in 1982 by a bequest from the late Robert F. Allan with additional support from his friends and…

Three more plead guilty in Coast Guard exam-fixing scheme

(NEW ORLEANS) — Three people pleaded guilty on March 5 on charges related to a test-score fixing scheme at a U.S. Coast Guard exam center in Mandeville, La., bringing the total number of defendants convicted in this matter to 19.…

Maine Maritime hires new master for academy training ship

(CASTINE, Maine) — Maine Maritime Academy (MMA) has hired alumnus Capt. Gordon "Mac" MacArthur to serve as master aboard the training ship State of Maine. With over 30 years of experience in the maritime field, MacArthur served most recently as…

IMO, WISTA launch first Women in Maritime survey

(LONDON) — The International Maritime Organization (IMO) and the Women's International Shipping & Trading Association (WISTA International) have launched the Women in Maritime-IMO and WISTA International Survey 2021 to examine the proportion and distribution of women working in the maritime…

Sixteen plead guilty in Coast Guard test-fixing scheme

(NEW ORLEANS) — The United States Attorney’s Office on Feb. 2 announced the guilty pleas of 16 defendants related to a test score-fixing scheme at a U.S. Coast Guard exam center. Judge Barry W. Ashe accepted the pleas on Jan.…

Coast Guard Foundation announces 2021 scholarship opportunities

(STONINGTON, Conn.) — The Coast Guard Foundation, a nonprofit organization committed to strengthening the Coast Guard community and service by supporting members and families, has kicked off its 2021 scholarship season. Accepting applications from Feb. 1 through March 15, children…

Survey seeks to assess mental health of mariners during pandemic

(WASHINGTON) — The U.S. Committee on the Marine Transportation System (CMTS) COVID-19 Working Group (C-19 WG) encourages mariners from all segments of the U.S. maritime industry to take 10 minutes to anonymously complete an online survey, “Mariner Mental Health Needs…

US maritime leaders applaud Biden's 'Buy American' order

(WASHINGTON) — The American Maritime Partnership (AMP), the voice of the nation’s domestic maritime industry, on Monday applauded the new executive order to be signed by President Biden on Jan. 25, “Strengthening ‘Buy American’ Provisions, Ensuring [the] Future of America…

USMMA superintendent receives third star

(WASHINGTON) — On Monday, Secretary of Transportation Elaine Chao promoted Rear Adm. Jack Buono, superintendent of the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy (USMMA), to vice admiral in the U.S. Maritime Service (USMS) at a small ceremony in the Department of Transportation…

Coast Guard issues new COVID-related credential deadlines

(WASHINGTON) — This update to MSIB 08-20 provides guidance concerning mariner credentials, medical certificates and course approvals, and the action being taken by the Coast Guard due to the novel coronavirus and the disease it causes (COVID-19). We are doing…