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KEEP AN EYE ON USCG REGULATORY CHANGES:  A series of changes have been posted recently which may impact on your license.  The latest is available at USCG NMC.
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THE CAPTAIN HAD A STROKE ... DO YOU NOTIFY THE USCG?

A Captain has to undergo a physical to be given a license.  What happens if the Captain's condition deteriorates?  See IMPORTANT MEDICAL INFORMATION.

07/09/15

UBER SEA TRANSPORT?

What is happening somewhere else in the world may be of interest here!  Take a look at this new business venture in Turkey.  See UBER AFLOAT.

07/09/15

THE PIRATES SAID .....

This article presents the results of a survey conducted to evaluate pirate life!  This is a great article to read before changing careers.  See WALKING THE PLANK.

07/09/15

ROTATING BOAT LIFT YOU HAVE TO SEE!

This is unbelievable and a reason to travel with Chris Frasier and family to Scotland!  See CHANNEL TRANSPORT.

07/09/15

PARASAIL REGULATIONS

Read about the latest regulations and recommendations for the parasail industry.  This industry was plagued by accidents and now is on its way to recovery.  See FLYING HIGH.

07/09/15

TOPLESS IN FRANCE!
 
It will be hard not to click on this note ..... the latest report from French beaches.  See ELECTRIFYING.
 
07/11/15
 
DREDGING REGULATIONS
 
New regulations were promulgated to require a different perspective on dredging in Europe. See DREDGE.
 
07/01/15
 
DEMONSTRATING A DEALER VESSEL
 
In our last Captain class, a question was raised concerning the license required to demonstrate vessels for sale.  We have not heard the final verdict on that question, however the issue was raised in this article from California regarding the specific use of vessels for demonstration purposes.  See DEMO.
 
07/01/15
 
JOB OPPORTUNITIES
 
Ok, you probably don't intend to go for work on the high seas.  It doesn't stop you from looking at the latest job projections!  See JOBS.
 
07/01/15
 
DOCK LIKE A BOSS - PSA
 
Take a look at this PSA.  It is an anti-drinking campaign developed in Norway.  Might give you a few pointers on how to dock your boat.  See BOSS.
 
07/01/15
 
USCG ANNOUNCES LICENSE REQUIREMENT FOR 'WATER JET DEVICES'
 
The USCG announced licensure requirements for the operation of 'water jet devices'.  These devices are considered to fall under the provision of 'passenger for hire' even though the operator may be connected to the device.  See WJD.
 
06/02/15
 
CLIMBING THE MAST!
 
If you have any problems with height .... DO NOT LOOK!  A crew member climbs 111.5 feet on the mast of a tall ship under sail at 9 knots.  The music is great and the VIEW is greater.
 
06/02/15
 
MIGHT WANT TO READ THIS IF YOU ARE OPERATING YOUR BOAT AS A 'SPECTATOR' BOAT DURING A CHARITY EVENT - ASK THE ATTORNEY
 
The season is upon us.  We are anxious to use our vessels as spectator vessels to help raise money for our favorite charities.  This article answers some questions concerning the need for a license to operate and also the question of liability.  This is a good quick read and one which might be good for your personal archive.  Share the LICENSE QUESTION.
 
06/02/15
 
NEW YORK STATE ANNOUNCES ONLINE BOATER SAFETY COURSES
 
New York State announced online boater safety courses.  This is a modification of the State policy of classroom-only instruction.  The course vendors will charge $29.95 per successful applicant which appears as a substantial deduction from current charges (except for the FREE courses provided as a public services on the Great Sacandaga Lake by NAV-ED Services Group!)  See NYPOLICYSHIFT.
 
05/13/15
 
AIDS TO NAVIGATION, THE LATEST TARGET
 
The USCG has raised an alert regarding vandalism on aids to navigation.  Troubling problem for both the cost of replacement and the danger of navigation mishaps.  See ATON.
 
05/13/15
 
UNDERWATER TRAFFIC JAM
 
Warnings are being raised concerning the increasing amount of underwater traffic including unmanned vessels.  See JAM.
 
05/13/15
 
REGULATORY AMENDMENTS TO CUBAN POLICY
 
Most recent modifications and synopsis of evolving Cuban policy issued by U.S. Treasury and Commerce.  Take a look if you are considering a visit to CUBA.
 
05/03/15
 
MIGRANT TRADEGY
 
The article is important but the PICTURE tells the story!  Take a look and be amazed at the migrant issue.  See BOAT.
 
05/03/15
 
CRUISE SHIP ROCKS ON WAY FROM SHORE!
 
Have to listen to a few minutes of the departure from Hamburg.  Listen to ROCK.
 
05/03/15
 
40 DEGREE ROLL
 
Have to see video of a 40 degree roll (also includes music!).  See FLYING CHAIRS.
 
05/03/15
 
VESSEL DOCUMENTATION CENTER
 
Search the files for the latest status of vessel documentation.  See VESSELS.
 
04/18/15
 
CUBA-RELATED SANCTIONS UPDATE
 
Thinking of a trip to Cuba in your future.  Check on the latest changes in the sanction information from the U.S. Department of the Treasury.  See TRIP TO CUBA.
 
04/18/15
 
READ THE LATEST SURVEY ON 'LIFE AT SEA'
 
Take a look at the survey results before you consider moving to the sea!  Important information for your future.  See SURVEY.
 
04/16/15
 
AN OARFISH!
 
This is a little weird but something to keep in mind when swimming.  This fish is also 'self-amputating'.  See OARFISH.
 
04/16/15
 
ABU DHABI WINS LEG OF VOLVO OCEAN RACE
 
Abu Dhabi won the fifth leg of the Volvo Ocean Race.  The race continues onto Newport, Rhode Island and concludes in Sweden on June 27.  See VOLVO.
 
04/16/15
 
NAV-ED ANNOUNCES SPRING 2015 CLASS SCHEDULE
 
NAV-ED Services announced the spring 2015 schedule on 02/18/15 for the Captain and Master classes.  An early Masters class is being offered in response to Captain requests.  A subsequent Master class may follow the Captain class being held in April.  Captain renewal classes will be held upon request. Contact NAV-ED for registration materials.  See NAV-ED Program BROCHURES.
 
03/24/15
 
THE USE OF FOREIGN-BUILT VESSELS IN CHARTER BUSINESS - OK OR NOT?
 
The Jones Act protects the maritime industry in the United States.  This response prepared by an attorney highlights the requirement as well as the solution, if any.  This is important reading for individuals interested in operating charter vessels in U.S. waters.  See DOES THE JONES ACT APPLY?
 
03/24/15
 
DID YOU LOSE YOUR PICKUP?
 
Sometimes a bollard is a bollard and a pickup truck is NOT a bollard!  Small mistake ended with a pickup in Baltimore Harbor.  Did someone toss that life ring that is in the pickup bed?  See BALTIMORE PICKUP.
 
03/24/15
 
OFFSHORE RIG IN THE MIDDLE OF A SHARK FRENZY
 
A VIDEO from an offshore rig worker in the Gulf of Mexico.  A good reason to NOT swim!  See ONE SHARK, TWO SHARK ...
 
03/24/15
 
VOLVO OCEAN RACE - THE NON-VIRTUAL TYPE
 
Don't read this report if you are a little unsure of your sailing skills.  The most difficult part of the race began on March 18 after a delay for Cyclone Pam.  See VOLVO DANGERS ... ROUNDING THE HORN.
 
03/24/15
 
NYS AGREEMENT TO FIGHT INVASIVE AQUATIC SPECIES
 
The Governor of New York State released information on a new initiative in the Adirondacks which builds on the success of local invasive programs.  See INVASIVES.
 
03/12/15
 
WHAT IS A PANGA, ANYWAY?
 
The USCG intercepted a 'panga' which was in the process of dumping bales!  Take a look at this ... No BALES at all!
 
03/12/15
 
MUST-SEE FOOTAGE OF WHALES
 
Drones at work in California.  Take a look at the footage. Great use of the drone.  See WHALES.
 
03/12/15
 
JOBS FOR ELECTRICIANS
 
Zumwalt class destroyers are delayed .... not enough skilled electricians ..... See WIRE PROBLEM.
 
03/12/15
 
WHAT IS THE COAST GUARD AUXILIARY?
 
What authority does the auxiliary have?  What is their liability?  How do they fit into the USCG picture?  See YOUR QUESTIONS ANSWERED.
 
03/12/15
 
JOIN CAPTAIN KEVIN OF NAV-ED IN THE 'VIRTUAL' VOLVO OCEAN RACE
 
Prepare yourself for the summer season by joining the ongoing Volvo Ocean Race.  Join for free and set your alarm for nighttime sail sets to keep in front of the pack!  See VIRTUAL RACING.
 
02/15/15
 
SUNKEN BOAT LIABILITY
 
The boat in the next slip burnt and took my boat with her.  Who is responsible for removal of my boat?  Is there a difference if my boat is insured and the other boat is not OR the other way around?  See ASK THE ATTORNEY.
 
02/15/15
 
THE OTHER SIDE OF THE OIL PICTURE
 
Every story has at least two sides and sometimes, more.  The low cost of oil benefits the driving public in the United States.  What happened to the petrol industry jobs?  See LAYOFFS.
 
02/15/15
 
TRACKLINE ATTACHMENT DISORDER
 
Read this article and send us a note.  Is this for real?  See TAD.
 
02/15/15
 
SUPERBOWL AD ON 'BACK TO THE SEA'
 
This is a must-see ad for those of us who are obsessed by the sea!  It is only a minute VIDEO but well worth it!  See BACK TO THE SEA.
 
02/02/15
 
FEDERAL GOVERNMENT RELEASES NEW INFORMATION ON TRAVEL TO CUBA
 
The U.S. government has released new information on travel to Cuba.  The Department of Treasury provides and update on CUBA SANCTIONS.  In addition, they have released a set of FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS.  This information should be useful as you plan ahead into the sailing season!
 
01/24/15
 
UPDATE ON option3 PROGRAM DEVELOPMENT
 
NAV-ED Services Group has continued development and testing of the new option3.  Our non-residential mastery examinations have been transferred to the cyber environment!  Construction has begun and is currently being tested to ensure easy access to the programs and to the student results.  Future updates will be available.  Drop prospective students.  Shall we add your name?
 
01/22/15
 
New Tracking of Pirate Fishing
 
A new system is being rolled out to combat the 'pirate fishing' industry which is valued at $23.5 billion annually.  See EYE IN THE SKY.
 
01/22/15
 
More Oil at Sea
 
It was announced that more than 40 million barrels of oil (up from 25 million last week) are in storage on 20 tankers at $40,000 a day!  There were 100 million barrels in sea storage in 2009.  See OIL.
 
01/22/15
 
Military Repositioning Ship Aground
 
A military repositioning ship is aground off Okinawa.  No injuries and officials are determining how best to 'reposition' off the obstruction.  See AGROUND.
 
01/22/15
 
Life at Sea - Take a Break ....Look at the VIDEO!
 
The author went to sea with merchant marine and documented 6 months of his travels at sea.  The VIDEO is 22+ minutes long but you can select your sections or watch the entire show.  Take a look at VIDEO.
 
01/22/15
 
option3 Under Development
 
NAV-ED Services Group is currently developing an enhancement package for the current option2 program.  The current Captain program includes a combination of classroom and home study which reduces classroom time from 12 days to 4!  The new version when completed will update that model by including on-line testing. Keep an eye on our site for future developments and roll-out.  Drop a note to contact@nav-ed.com for more details on option3.
 
01/12/15
 
Light Lists for 2015
 
The new Light Lists have been issued for 2015.  These lists include information on lights, buoys, day beacons and other aides to navigation.  See Navigation Center
 
01/12/15
 
Wind Turbines and Their Repair ... Job Hunting?
 
Video takes you to the wind 'farm' to learn how the work is done.  Sounds a lot like they are prepared for some wild weather.  See WIND.
 
01/12/15
 
Ask and Attorney About Towing
 
When does the USCG respond to calls?  Who responds and who pays?  See TOW.
 
01/12/15
 
Fracking in the Gulf
 
A suit seeks to force the Federal government to release information on the impact of fracking on the Gulf of Mexico.  See FRACK.
 
01/12/15
 
Vessel Tracking
 
Enjoy a voyage without leaving your homeport!  Take a look at the AIS system.  See TRACK.
 
12/29/14
 
Scottish Whatever?
 
It is hard to categorize this clip.  A news report and a song.  We will have to bring in a Scottish translator for the news report!  See SCOT.
 
12/29/14
 
Evacuation of Burning Ferry Boat
 
The latest information on the evacuation.  Adverse weather conditions and seas.  See FERRY.
 
12/29/14
 
Interview with Team Vestas Wind Skipper
 
An extended interview which is worth the time to watch.  Team Vestas Wind which was a 65' racing yacht ran aground during the Volvo Ocean Race with no casualties.  See INTERVIEW.
 
12/28/14
 
Moby Dick in the Cinema!
 
Check out the new trailer for the Moby Dick film which will be released in March, 2015.  A must-see movie for mariner crowd.  See MOBY.
 
12/28/14
 
Offshore Technologies of 2014
 
Check out the latest in the list for 2014.  A must read for all of our engineer graduates and those who would like to keep up on the latest.  See TECHNOLOGIES.
 
12/28/14
 
Marine Point Forecasts
 
The weather service has a tremendous feature which is probably known to everyone but me!  Access point forecasts by using the 'point' feature.  Simple to use and great for information recovery in a hurry.  See POINT AND CLICK.
 
12/15/14
 
SPOT On!
 
Our partner and NAV-ED co-owner, Captain Kevin, is currently on a boat delivery mission.  We are keeping in touch using a GPS positioning device which is really quite interesting and fun.  You might want to take a look.  There are all sorts of implications for boaters .... especially when the cell phone doesn't work.  See GPS.
 
12/15/14
 
Jones Act in the News in a Good Way
 
Congress has reaffirmed the importance of the domestic maritime industry.  See JONES ACT ON THE HILL.
 
12/15/14
 
GhostSwimmer?
 
Never at a loss for names.  Take a look at this small 'fish' that swims into combat.  See IT LOOKS LIKE A FISH.
 
12/15/14
 
Canadian Navy Goes Semi-Dry!
 
The Canadian Navy has experienced a little trouble with their sailors.  They are now cutting back on their drinking ..... including use of the beer machines!  Take a look at NO DRINKS.
 
12/15/14
 
Drink Beer and Donate
 
Drink and help a worthy cause.  You just have to travel a bit but it is worth it!  See SEAFARERS UNITE.
 
11/14/14
 
Tug Sinks
 
Gusts reaching 85 mph might have been the cause for this work issue.  Little close to home. See ZEE.
 
11/10/14
 
Dream Fishing!
 
The Captain fell asleep at the 'switch'.  Sometimes it is smarter to stay awake!  He didn't hit any other vessel .... this time.  See NIGHT STORIES.
 
11/10/14
 
Bridge Tender and the Allision
 
Picture the bridge going up and then picture the bridge going down.  The bridge struck the vessel and someone has a $50 million dollar bill!  See SAD STORY.
 
11/10/14
 
If You Liked the COLREGS, You Have To Read This!
 
The scenario is real and the vessels are closing.  Who is overtaking and who is crossing and what difference does it make?  See COLREGS QUESTION.
 
11/10/14
 
No Ferry to Vieques!
 
The USCG issued a 'no sail' order to the ferry sailing from Fajardo, Puerto Rico to Vieques, Puerto Rico because of a security lapse.  See NO GO.
 
10/23/14
 
Lobby for Harbor Maintenance
 
Commitments are commitments except when they have to be funded!  See HIT THE TARGET.
 
10/23/14
 
Guidance on Mariner Examinations
 
The approval of new Rules has an impact on the examination process used for licensing.  The USCG issued the following guidance to clarify status for future examinations.  It is important to note the implementation dates!  See MARINER EXAMS.
 
10/23/14
 
USCG Publishes a New Handbook of Regulations
 
A new handbook is available on-line which includes the latest changes to the Inland Rules.  See HANDBOOK.
 
10/21/14
 
Failure to Report Convictions
 
The USCG is concerned that fraudulent applications are being submitted in that applicants are failing to record their complete conviction record.  See VERY IMPORTANT NOTICE.
 
10/21/14
 
USCG Finalizes New Inland Rules
 
The Coast Guard has issued a new set of rules for inland waters.  See INLAND.
 
07/13/14
 
 
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