Professional Mariner - April 2014

STCW final rule restructures training, approved courses, medical

Three-plus years after the Manila Amendments were approved internationally, the U.S. Coast Guard has issued its final rule explaining the new Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping (STCW) requirements to American mariners. The regulation, published Dec. 24, 2013, covers approximately…

NTSB: Tanker struck Calif. bridge due to course change, distractions

A pilot’s last-minute decision to alter course while approaching the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge and the vessel’s master talking on the phone combined to cause an oil tanker to strike the bridge, according to a report released by the National Transportation Safety Board.

It’s time to re-evaluate the Merchant Mariner Oath

The Merchant Mariner Oath: “I do solemnly swear or affirm that I will faithfully and honestly, according to my best skill and judgment, and without concealment and reservation, perform all the duties required of me by the laws of the…