Licensing & Training

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…

Crowley awards four scholarships to Maine Maritime cadets

(JACKSONVILLE, Fla.) — Crowley Maritime Corp. has awarded Thomas B. Crowley Sr. Memorial Scholarships to four cadets at the Maine Maritime Academy in recognition of their achievements. The honorees earned the scholarships based on their academic performance, financial need and…

Maine Maritime announces academic achievement awards

(CASTINE, Maine) — Maine Maritime Academy’s annual Academic Achievement Awards honor the scholarly accomplishments of students and the service of faculty. This year, awardees were notified outside of the traditional banquet and in-person event. Scheel Scholars Henry A. Scheel of…

NMEA/RTCM combined conference and expo moves to Anaheim

(SEVERNA PARK, Md.) — The National Marine Electronics Association (NMEA) and the Radio Technical Commission for Maritime Services (RTCM) have agreed to hold their 2021 international convention together at the Anaheim Sheraton Park Hotel on Sept. 20-24, 2021. The exposition…

Pacific-Gulf Marine to manage MarAd training ship

(NEW ORLEANS) — Pacific-Gulf Marine (PGM) has been appointed general agent by the U.S. Maritime Administration (MarAd) to provide full ship management services in support of the training ship General Rudder. The ship is part of the National Defense Reserve…

Seafarer fatigue management solution wins Inmarsat challenge

(LONDON) — Inmarsat, a world leader in global, mobile satellite communications, has unveiled a joint entry from Canary Sentinel and Workrest as the winner of the inaugural Crew Welfare Open Innovation Challenge, a competition rewarding technologies most likely to benefit…

ICS Diversity Tracker aims to boost women in maritime

(LONDON) — The International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) has released the ICS Diversity Tracker, the first report looking into the state of diversity and inclusion in the global shipping labor force. The tracker, which surveyed more than 200 shipping companies…

Coast Guard relocates Juneau exam center

(WASHINGTON) — Regional Exam Center (REC) Juneau has relocated from Mendenhall Mall to the Hurff A. Saunders Federal Building in Juneau, Alaska, and is open for limited examination services only. REC Juneau’s new mailing address is 709 W. 9th Street,…

Four charged in $200,000 Coast Guard credentialing scheme

(NORFOLK, Va.) — Four individuals have been charged for their respective roles in a conspiracy to sell phony U.S. Coast Guard merchant mariner credentials in Norfolk. According to allegations in the unsealed indictment, Lamont Godfrey, 42, of Portsmouth, Eugene Johnson,…

MarAd accepting applications for maritime workforce training and education

(WASHINGTON) — The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Maritime Administration (MarAd) is accepting applications from eligible and qualified institutions to apply for a Centers of Excellence (CoE) designation, which will recognize and support community or technical colleges and maritime training centers…

Mass. Maritime expands instruction with cloud-based simulators

(HELSINKI) — Wartsila Voyage will supply two of its advanced cloud-based simulation solutions to the Massachusetts Maritime Academy (MMA) under a one-year agreement. This will allow cadets at the academy to continue receiving safe and effective navigational training, despite restrictions…

Halter Marine, local college launch apprenticeship program

(PASCAGOULA, Miss.) — Halter Marine is creating jobs, and through its partnership with Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College (MGCCC), training the apprentices to fill them. Demonstrating its commitment to the Gulf Coast community, Halter Marine and MGCCC launched their apprenticeship…

Maine Maritime receives $750,000 in scholarship funding

(CASTINE, Maine) — Dr. William J. Brennan, president of Maine Maritime Academy (MMA), announced Wednesday that the college exceeded the goals of a three-year challenge from the Harold Alfond Foundation, resulting in a $750,000 grant to MMA’s Harold Alfond Engineering…

Unions: Detain ships to stop humanitarian crisis at sea

(LONDON) — An influential group of unions has called for ships to be detained in ports if seafarers have been on board longer than international treaties allow. Marking World Maritime Day on Sept. 24, the Nautilus Federation of 22 maritime…