Licensing & Training

Houston Luncheon Raises $77K for Maritime Training

HOUSTON, TX. October 30, 2008. Resembling barges held together with rigging, members of the commercial community of the Port of Houston, America's second largest Port in terms of total tonnage, met last week in support of the Seamen's Church Institute…

USCG and VMA to host towing vessel safety seminar

U.S. Coast Guard Sector Hampton Roads and the Virginia Maritime Association invite all towing vessel crewmembers to join us for the 11th annual essential safety seminar. Refresh and Learn vital safety, security and survival skills. Observe the latest in industry…

First Workboat Academy Cadets graduate from two-year program

(SEATTLE - JULY 30, 2008) -- Gregg Trunnell, Director of the Pacific Maritime Institute and the Workboat Academy, announced the graduation of its first class from the Workboat Mate Program. The MITAGS-PMI Workboat Mate Program takes two years to complete,…

Confident Captain/Ocean Pros receives VA approval

(NEWPORT, R.I. - JULY 30, 2008) -- Confident Captain/Ocean Pros(www.confidentcaptain.com), Rhode Island’s premier professional mariner training facility, today announced that they have been approved by  the Department of Veteran’s Affairs to provide training for eligible veterans and their dependents under…

Cal Maritime Security courses win state and federal approval

(Vallejo, Calif. -- June 26, 2008) -- The California Maritime Academy  (Cal Maritime), a campus of  The California State University, has received U.S. Department of Homeland Security approval for three Maritime Security training courses offered through Cal Maritime’s Sponsored Projects…

Two Transas maritime simulators installed in Indonesia

(INDONESIA – MARCH, 2008) – Transas simulators have been installed in two Indonesian maritime education institutes; Merchant Marine School BP2IP Surabaya, and Rating School, Sorong, Papua.  Both institutions are part of the Indonesian Ministry of Transportation’s Education Training Agency.The configuration…

Szczecin Maritime Academy unveils new ECDIS classroom

(POLAND – MARCH 28, 2008) – The official opening of a brand new ECDIS classroom simulator at the Szczecin Maritime Academy took place on March 28, 2008. The school has enriched their training environment with a new Transas NTPro 4000…

Maritime accident and incident investigator training course

(FORT LAUDERDALE, FL – MAY 9, 2008) – This two-day course provides participants with a thorough understanding of the causes and effects of loss using workshops and actual case studies. Emphasis is placed on pre accident planning and preparation, evidence…

Flaws in TWIC rollout could hurt mariners and the entire industry

  After years of delays, the rules for obtaining a Transportation Worker Identification Credential (TWIC) were finally established by the U.S. Coast Guard and the Transportation Safety Administration in 2007. Nationally, as of Sept. 25, 2008, the TWIC card will…

Technology and recruitment drive the need for training

  Crowley’s Pacific Reliance entered service in 2006 as part of a trend to ATBs. Maritime training facilities are responding to the industry’s growing need to recruit and retain skilled personnel with an ever-widening array of courses and programs. As…

MarineSafety International introduces new tug simulator

Marine Safety International's tug simulator boasts Rolls Royce z-drive controls and Markey Machinery Co. winch controls. (FLUSHING, NY – APRIL 28, 2008) – MarineSafety International, Inc. announced today the availability of a new tug simulator at its Newport, RI training…

Northrop Grumman offers DVD training packages for nav. systems

(CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA – APRIL 29, 2008) – Northrop Grumman Corporation has launched a new eLearning initiative to support its Sperry Marine Voyage Management System (VMS) ship navigation software. Sperry Marine, a business unit of Northrop Grumman, has produced a series of…

Capt. Harry Bolton named new master of training ship

Captain Harry Bolton boasts an impressive naval record and is a First Class Pilot. He was recently named Master of the California Maritime Academy's training ship Golden Bear. (VALLEJO, CA – APRIL 21, 2008) -- Captain Harry Bolton, a 1978…

Training plays a key role in keeping specialized vessels operating

Complex vessels like Rigdon Marine’s St. Louis, with its diesel-electric propulsion system, are creating the need for more highly trained mariners. (Brian Gauvin) Over 12,000 mariners are employed on the vessels that support the offshore oil and gas industry. And…