Licensing & Training

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…

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…