NAV-ED Services Group - Captain (OUPV), Master, Towing, Sail, and License Renewal
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.
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!
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 for more details on option3.
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
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.
Ask and Attorney About Towing
When does the USCG respond to calls?  Who responds and who pays?  See TOW.
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.
Vessel Tracking
Enjoy a voyage without leaving your homeport!  Take a look at the AIS system.  See TRACK.
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.
Evacuation of Burning Ferry Boat
The latest information on the evacuation.  Adverse weather conditions and seas.  See FERRY.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Never at a loss for names.  Take a look at this small 'fish' that swims into combat.  See IT LOOKS LIKE A FISH.
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.
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.
Tug Sinks
Gusts reaching 85 mph might have been the cause for this work issue.  Little close to home. See ZEE.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Lobby for Harbor Maintenance
Commitments are commitments except when they have to be funded!  See HIT THE TARGET.
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.
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.
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.
USCG Finalizes New Inland Rules
The Coast Guard has issued a new set of rules for inland waters.  See INLAND.
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