Professional Mariner - April 2017

Processing delays lead to extension for MMC endorsements

Strained by a backlog of Merchant Mariner Credential (MMC) applications and a shortage of qualified processors, the National Maritime Center (NMC) has provided an extension for affected mariners as it works to implement solutions.

Coast Guard delays enforcement of STCW changes until July 1

The U.S. Coast Guard has extended the deadline for attaining the required credential to sail aboard vessels subject to the 2010 amendments to the International Convention on Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping for Seafarers (STCW) from Jan. 1 to July 1, 2017.

Casualty briefs

Improper fuel line fittingcited by NTSB in ship fire A fire in the auxiliary engine room aboard the containership Gunde Maersk started minutes after the vessel left Seattle, and National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) investigators determined it likely stemmed from…

New ferry takes the torch on historic Columbia River crossing

​“The last of the dairy farms on the island shut down because it wasn’t worth sending a truck down to haul the milk,” said Capt. Ray Peek when asked about the economy on Puget Island, a flat piece of verdant meadows and sloughs in the Columbia River.

Cruise line’s Arctic gamble could leave mariners holding the bag

Last August, the 820-foot Bahamas-registered cruise ship Crystal Serenity began its trip through the Arctic’s famed Northwest Passage above the United States and Canada, the melting ice and continued warming temperatures freeing up open water for much of the voyage.