Licensing & Training

BIMCO/ICS report warns of potential officer shortage

(LONDON) — The new Seafarer Workforce Report from BIMCO and the International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) warns that the industry must significantly increase training and recruitment levels if it is to avoid a serious shortage in the supply of officers…

Coast Guard announces cancellation of obsolete NVICs

(WASHINGTON) — The U.S. Coast Guard has announced the cancellation of several obsolete navigation and vessel inspection circulars (NVICs). NVICs are guidance documents issued by the Coast Guard that do not have the force of law. However, NVICs ensure Coast…

NMC issues update for email renewal examinations

(MARTINSBURG, W.Va.) — The National Maritime Center (NMC) launched a centralized electronic delivery process (via e-mail) for renewal examinations in May 2020. Over 1,200 mariners have completed more than 3,000 examination modules using this process, and the feedback regarding the…

ABS publishes guidance on reduced manning for offshore assets

(HOUSTON) — Guidance on the technology, systems and regulations needed for minimizing human presence on offshore facilities has been published by the American Bureau of Shipping (ABS). "Reduced Manning on Offshore Facilities" introduces some of the considerations essential for remotely…

National Maritime Center restoring REC counter service appointments

(MARTINSBURG, W.Va.) — The National Maritime Center (NMC) will resume counter service appointments for the Regional Examination Centers (RECs) listed below beginning Monday, July 19. Limited examination services will continue. Mariners seeking to schedule counter service or examination appointments may…

Five more plead guilty in Coast Guard test-fixing scheme

(NEW ORLEANS) — U.S. Attorney Duane A. Evans announced additional guilty pleas related to a test score-fixing scheme at a United States Coast Guard exam center, bringing the total number of defendants convicted in this matter to 26. On June…

President of Maine Maritime Academy announces retirement

(CASTINE, Maine) — William J. Brennan, president of Maine Maritime Academy (MMA), announced his decision Monday to retire after the upcoming school year, capping off 12 years of service to the institution. “It is an exciting moment for me, but…

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.…