NAV-ED Services Group - Captain (OUPV), Master, Towing, Sail, and License Renewal

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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.

TOW EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES FOR NAV-ED GRADUATES IN SOUTH FLORIDA: NAV-ED has contact in South Florida for graduates with Near Coastal OUPV/Assistance Towing.  Contact 518.312.9041 or email.

VESSEL CAPTAIN OPPORTUNITY ON THE MOHAWK RIVER:  Vessel Captains withUSCGMaster license to operate 20 ton vessel on the Mohawk River. Contact slion3@aol.com or call 518.852.9130.

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VERDICT ON LAKE GEORGE BOATING ACCIDENT

This article provides a comprehensive overview of the verdict in the Lake George boating accident.  It is a must read for anyone who boats.  See VERDICT.

05/16/17

LATEST UPDATE ON JONES ACT

Check the latest action on the Jones Act and the intent to reduce the protection for U.S. vessels.  See JONES ACT.

05/16/17

COSTA CONCORDIA

The appeals are over!  The Captain of the Costa Concordia begins a 16 year sentence.  See CAPTAIN SENTENCED.

05/16/17

CLASS SCHEDULE

See the 2017 class schedule on NAV-ED website.

03/23/17

DRUG TESTING OPTIONS

The USCG has just released a series of options available in drug testing.  Check the NMC website or click on DRUG OPTIONS.

03/23/17

GENDER DIVERSITY

Interesting and thoughtful editorial on the value of gender diversity aboard ships.  See GENDER AT SEA.

03/23/17


SAILROCKET 2

80 mph in a 30 mph breeze!  You have got to see this! See SAILROCKET2.

03/10/17

VESSEL DOCUMENTATION

The National Vessel Documentation Center has announced a processing error in renewal documentation for vessels expiring in March, 2017.  A second notice was sent to applicants who had renewed!  Take a look if you have a documented vessel. See DOCUMENTED VESSELS.

03/10/17

PENTAGON BLOCKS REPORT ON COST OVERRUNS

It was announced that the Pentagon has blocked the release of information about cost overruns in the Littoral Combat Ship, however cost overruns for other vessels which ranged up to 45% were listed!  The history of the program has previously shown the vessel price move from $220 million to $478 million. See COSTBLOCKING.

03/10/17

14% CUTS TO USCG PROPOSED IN FEDERAL BUDGET

The President has proposed 14% cuts in the United States Coast Guard budget.  The cuts were proposed to be used to "crackdown on illegal immigration". See BUDGET SLICE.

03/10/17

LATEST ON CRUISE SHIPS IN THE BAHAMAS AND EVERYWHERE!

Interesting insight into the development of private 'cruise' islands in the Bahamas along with information on docking cruise ships .... a little too fast!  See CRUISES.

03/10/17

NEW OUPV COURSES APPROVED BY USCG

The USCG has approved two new courses for NAV-ED Services Group which integrate the new changes in federal regulations.  The courses require a modification of the examination requirements and provide separate course codes for (1) Inland; (2) Near Coastal and (3) Great Lakes students. The modifications include a revised chart plotting examination based on the use of a specific training chart which measures the students' ability to locate and plot using a 'real life' perspective.  More details and the specifics of the changes are available by contacting NAV-ED at our e-mail address or by cell.

02/18/17

HEAVY SURF TRIALS (VIDEO)

Did you ever want a vessel which could handle 50 knot winds and 6 meter waves?  Take a look at this sea trial and take one home tomorrow!.  See THE THUNDER CHILD.

02/18/17

USCG STATEMENT ON LICENSE DELAY

The USCG has issued two bulletins regarding the delay in license issuance.  These may be found at the NMC location.  A copy of the letter posted on the NMC website should be maintained with any license which expired on or after December 1, 2016.

02/18/17

PLUG-IN HYBRID VESSEL

This article is for NAV-ED graduate, Captain David Borton.  A 525 foot vessel capable of carrying 2000 passengers or other configured load.  The vessel is recharged by a power cable or ship generators. Take a look at Captain Borton's next project!  See HYBRID.

02/18/17

CHINA REQUESTS PILOTS FOR WARSHIPS

China would like submarines to surface and accept pilots during transit of their territorial waters.  Interesting impact on 'Freedom of Navigation'!  See PILOTS.

02/18/17

RELATIVE MOTION ILLUSION?

It is not an easy article to read but it presents an interesting reason for a pilot error which we probably would not consider.  See COLLISION.

02/18/17

HOW ABOUT A 'BULLET' WHICH TRACKS ITS TARGET?

Take a moment to check out this article on potential 'bullets' for deck guns.  Somewhere in the middle of the text, one wonders about the technology, but don't miss some of the previous cost projections .... did someone say .... $800,000 a shot?  See GOLDEN BULLET.

01/19/17

A DROPPING LIFEBOAT AND AN EMPLOYMENT REQUEST FOR LIFEGUARDS

The latest on two important topics.  First, a dropping lifeboat with pictures and secondly, a call for lifeguards on cruise ships who are being forced to reconsider the 'swim at your own risk' policy on their vessels.  See CRUISE NEWS.

01/19/17

SWARM OF DRONES

We have added a video of a 'swarm' of over 100 micro-drones which were launched by F/A 18 Super Hornets over China Lake, California.  See DRONE DISPLAY.

01/19/17

END OF 'WET FOOT ... DRY FOOT' POLICY

The special immigration policy for Cubans has been dropped.  As explained by NPR: "This is because of the so-called "wet foot, dry foot" policy, which since 1995 has granted Cubans who touch American soil a privilege not afforded other immigrants who come without a visa: the right to stay and get on a fast-track to citizenship."  See IMMIGRATION POLICY CHANGE.

01/19/17

WHAT IS A 'MAGIC PIPE'?

Greek Shipping Companies were the recipients of a $2.7 million fine for using a 'magic pipe'. We have reported earlier on this device but take a look at the news from Port of Wilmington, North Carolina to catch up on the latest.  See PIPE STORY.

01/19/17

THE TRAIN IS ON THE WAY

Rail service has been introduced from CHINA to EUROPE. Transit time has been cut from 45 days to 15 but the cost has doubled!  See TRAINING.

01/19/17

THE PRICE IS RIGHT!

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) has a FREE Fishing, Hunting and Wildlife APP.  See DECAPP.

12/03/16

NATIONAL TRANSPORTATION SAFETY BOARD (NTSB)

Take a look at the 'Marine Accident Reports' on file with the NTSB.  Good source of information and reference, what you see today, you may avoid tomorrow!  See MARINE ACCIDENTS.

12/03/16

BOOKS, BOOKS, BOOKS

The 'Best Nautical Books of 2016' is a must-see for everyone.  The list includes both fiction and non-fiction as well as references to other resources.  You deserve a BOOK.

12/03/16

USCG SAFETY ALERTS

Take a look at the composite of all of the USCG safety alerts.  See SAFETY FIRST.

12/02/16

OIL CUTS

An agreement has been made to cut crude oil production in order to reduce inventory.  The result is clear.  See OIL AND YOU.

12/02/16

LITTORAL COMBAT SHIPS AND $$$$

Senator McCain is questioning the performance and the cost of the Littoral Combat Ships. The U.S. Government Accountability Office questions “whether a ship that costs twice as much yet delivers less capability than planned warrants an additional investment,” Check out the PRICE

12/02/16

MARITIME MONDAY

The latest version of a long-time classic.  Take a look for the up-to-date information on the past!  See MONDAY.

10/25/16

ATTACK VESSEL ON 'HOLD'

Here is the story.  The U.S. doesn't want this super-secret vessel but will not allow the vendor to sell it to other nations!.  Take a LOOK.

10/25/16

CHANGES IN CUBA POLICY

October 14, 2016 policy changes listed for all to see!  Check them out and see when YOUR  trip to Cuba will be!  See CUBA.

10/25/16

ANTI-DRINKING COMMERCIAL

Take a look at the latest anti-drinking-while-boating commercial video.  See HOW TO LAUNCH LIKE A BOSS!

06/23/16

CRUISE INDUSTRY LOBBY

Happened to come upon the following article concerning the lobbying of Congress by the Cruise industry.  Interesting reading if you have the time.  See LOBBY.

06/23/16

MASTER STUDENTS: DO YOU REMEMBER THE CLASS ON STABILITY?

Master students are taught that a vessel's stability must be evaluated by the Skipper prior to departure.  The Hoegh Osaka forgot!  See SORRY.

03/21/16

NAVCEN

The USCG Navigation Center provides information dissemination, AIS and GPS.  Why not take a look at this NAVCEN RELEASE.

03/21/16

NEW ROLLOUT OF MERCHANT MARINER CREDENTIAL BOOKLETS

NOW is the time to renew that credential.  You will receive a NEW booklet.  Take a look at the NEW CREDENTIAL  and send in that application!

03/21/16

WHO THOUGHT THEY WERE ONLY FOR PIZZA DELIVERY?

The USCG is seeking partners in joint research on the use of small unmanned aircraft and sensors which can be used in a marine environment for first responders and the Department of Homeland Security!  It was only a matter to time ... see DRONES.

03/21/16

GUESS WHO IS NOW RECEIVING A MASTER (NTE 100 TONS), NEAR COASTAL?

The USCG Academy has decided, beginning in 2016, to issue a Master (NTE 100 Tons)license to all qualifying graduates of the academy.  Congratulations to the Academy and congratulations to NAV-ED graduates who receive the same credential.  It might be about time for some of our Captain (OUPV) graduates to sign up for this round of Master training!  See USCG ACADEMY.

03/13/16

USCG ARCTIC STRATEGY PAPER

The paper includes resource material on the arctic region and the USCG response to global issues.  This document ARCTIC is a good beginning for your library. 

03/13/16

COST OF A CRUISE TO CUBA

You decided to take the trip.  It is only 90 miles from Key West but you don't know how much it will cost when you arrive.  Remember to check to see if you are eligible to take the trip and then look at this price list.  See CUBA COST.

03/13/16

USEFUL ITEMS TO TAKE ON A BAREBOAT CRUISE

A must-see article as you plan for a bareboat cruise.  See BARE ESSENTIALS.

03/13/16

HUDSON RIVER CRASH

Information on the tug crash on the Hudson River resulting in 1 fatality.  See HUDSON CRASH.

03/13/16

CAPTAIN'S LICENSE ON BAREBOAT?

How do you decide if the boat 'driver' needs to have a USCG license.  Here is an interesting article on the license and bareboat chartering.  See ATTORNEY.

03/03/16

WASTEWATER NEAR YOU?

Have any strong emotions about transporting wastewater from fracking projects on your local waterway?  See FRACK AND THE USCG.

02/29/16

COMMUNITY COLLEGES AND MARINER TRAINING

What if you want to qualify beyond the Captain?  What is the role of the local community college?  See COLLEGE.

02/29/16

REGULATIONS DO NOT IMPEDE

Do the USCG regulations impede commerce?  Catch the latest on the discussion at USCG REGS.

02/29/16

DRUNKEN CAPTAIN JOINS BRIDGE TO SHORE!

Latest from Germany.  The HOW-TO manual for skippers who imbibe!  See SHORE STOP.

02/29/16

ONGOING ISSUES WITH ANTHEM OF THE SEAS

The Anthem of the Seas has now returned to port because of another storm and because of the norovirus.  We have selected a few sites for readers to check for different versions of the story.  See RETURN and LEGAL IMPLICATIONS.

02/29/16

POCKET ROCKETS

Foiling as a sport in New Zealand.  Skippers and crew are being sought to compete nationally.  See MULTIHULL FOILERS.

2/22/16

UNDERWATER SCULPTURE

Take a first look at the BBC presentation of underwater sculpture off the coast of Spain.  See RESPECT FOR SEAGOERS.

2/16/16

USCG CONCERNED ABOUT ANTHEM OF THE SEAS

The USCG appears to be less than positive about having a vessel with 6,000 passengers sail into a major projected storm!  The company says that the conditions worsened after sailing, the USCG wants to talk when the return to port.  See ANTHEM ON A SOUR NOTE #2.

2/11/16

DATING IN THE FLORIDA KEYS - A FISH STORY!

In preparation for Valentine's Day, the Florida Keys Free Press published an article on dating.  Dating appears to follow a fish motif.  One lady commented: "The ones you meet at 11 p.m. are usually pie-eyed and will take home a grouper wearing lipstick." (We didn't make this up!)

2/11/16

SO NOW, IF THE PRICE OF OIL HAS GONE DOWN ....

The price of oil has slumped but only 0.1% of operations has closed down because of the downturn in prices.  Can you imagine how profitable the business was before this happened? See OIL.

2/09/16

DIAL BACK ON THE PRAISE!

Two Senators urged the NAVY to "dial back on the praise" for the littoral combat ships which according to them, have not proven their mission capabilities.  See LCS at risk.

2/09/16

ANTHEM OF THE SEAS IN HEAVY WEATHER

Anthem of the Seas returns to homeport, short of final destination.  The Captain acted in an 'abundance of caution' after sailing into an area where the wind had been predicted at 65 knots with 38 foot waves!  See Anthem on a Sour Note and enjoy the passenger comments about 100+ winds!.

2/09/16

PAY.GOV NEW OPTIONS MERCHANT MARINER FEES

We always recommend that license applicants use the Pay.gov system, copy the receipt and submit with applications.  Significant changes have been made to Pay.gov.  Changes include a fee schedule for the various licenses.  See PAY.

2/09/16

THREE TIMES IN THREE DAYS!

The Vicksburg Bridge on the Mississippi was hit three times in the last three days!  Good luck on the BRIDGE.

01/16/16

PORT AGREEMENT WITH CUBA

The Port of Virginia signed a cooperative agreement with Cuba which will allow access to the Port of Mariel.  See PORT VENTURE.

01/16/16

GLOBAL COMMUNICATION

Inmarsat pic achieved global commercial service through the launch of the 3rd of three satellites.  See GX.

01/16/16

THE PRICE JUST WENT UP!

The Navy paid $217 million for each of 10 Expeditionary Fast Transport Vessels, accepted modifications and now has paid $2.4 million to fix 4 of the ships.  It seems that they can't handle the high seas.  See WHAT?

01/16/16

NEW USCG REGULATIONS FOR OUT OF WATER SURVIVAL CRAFT

There are new regulations effective February 26, 2016.  The regulatory change impacts small passenger vessels, offshore supply vessels, sailing school vessels, cargo vessels, commercial fishing vessels and manned fixed offshore platforms. See REGS.

12/29/15

DRONE VIEW OF A DOCKING VESSEL

Vessel completes med-docking with a port anchor deployed.  Might want to check out this procedure for future use!  See DRONE.

12/28/15
                                                                                                                                                  U.S. AND FRENCH NAVIES DIFFER ON ALCOHOL 
                                                                                                              
There are some cultural differences when it comes to alcohol use on board navy ships from the United States and France.  Although, usage in the French navy is not out of control.  See DRINKING.   (Note: Crew assigned from other nations, abide by host navy rules!)
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CASTAWAY STORY

This story was in the headlines in 2014.  The castaway looked amazingly fit for being at sea for 14 months!  See TAKEALOOK.

12/28/15
 
NEW LITTORAL COMBAT VESSEL NEEDS A TOW

No one can afford a tow but one would have thought that a new vessel would not have lost propulsion!  There are many reasons for our candidates to receive ASSISTANCE TOWING, this might be one of them!  See 40NAUTICALMILETOW

12/28/15

STALLED BOAT AND OCEAN-GOING VESSEL IN IMPACT ZONE

A VIDEO of a near mishap.  The skipper of the small vessel was inexperienced and did not know the equipment which he carried on his vessel.  Good material for a Boater Safety Class under the NEVER DO category.  See IMPACT.

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THREE ARTICLES ON RULES OF THE ROAD

There are three interesting articles concerning the Rules of the Road that should interest those 'Rules' buffs! (Move down on the page for the three articles.)  Take a look at this attorney's take on some of the more frequent situations encountered on the water.  See RULES.

12/01/15

LAST KING OF IRELAND

News is where you find it!  Today (ahead of St. Patty's) we would like to introduce the last King of Ireland!  Take a look at PATSY DAN RODGERS.

12/01/15

HOW ABOUT A TRIP TO CUBA?

The U.S. government issued an update on travel to Cuba, including the purchases which are currently allowed.  Take a quick look and see if you might want to visit Key West and hop over to Cuba!  See CUBA UPDATE.

11/19/15

NAV-ED FINISHES FALL TRAINING SEASON

NAV-ED Services Group finished the fall season after a full schedule of classes.  NAV-ED offered two OUPV (Captain) classes and a follow-up Upgrade to Master (NTE 100 Tons).  Three License Renewal classes were offered in addition to Assistance Towing and Auxiliary Sail.  A big thanks to all the candidates who participated.  Set YOUR eyes on the Spring season!  Licensing and application information is available anytime.

11/19/15

 
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