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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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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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