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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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Putting the Wind in their Seals?
 
Wind farms and seal GPS tracking.  A post-doctoral look at a couple of features.  Not conclusive but interesting.  See SEALS IN THE WIND.
 
07/23/14
 
Mobile Landing Platforms ... Surface Interface .... USMC?
 
Why waste time ashore?  Let's try to re-position off-shore.  This is a must article and a continuation of something we saw before under 'Sea-Base'.  See NO PORT.
 
07/23/14
 
How About a Lawsuit Against a Mechanic?
 
Your boat sinks and you believe the mechanic is at fault.  How good of a case do you have?  What court is best .... state or federal?  See ASK AN ATTORNEY.
 
07/23/14
 
Track the Course of the CONCORDIA to Genoa
 
This is an opportunity to see the last voyage.  The graphics are great and the information interesting.  See CONCORDIA
 
07/23/14
 
Spectacular CONCORDIA Pictures
 
Still photos of the COSTA CONCORDIA document the 'parbuckling' result.  See PHOTOS.
 
07/23/14
 
USCG Finalizes New Inland Rules
 
The Coast Guard has issued a new set of rules for inland waters.  See INLAND.
 
07/13/14
 
New Research on Wind Turbines
 
Permission to conduct new research on wind turbine placement at sea. See WIND.
 
07/13/14
 
New Housing in a Radar Dome?
 
Some of the most creative designs seem to come from previous molds.  This is a great story of monetizing previous work.  See SEA HOME.
 
07/13/14
 
What is a Sea Base?
 
The latest is US planning is revealed!  These vessels have been used in the past and have a diplomatic advantage.  See SEABASE.
 
07/13/14
 
Fireworks from TWO Perspectives!
 
Two presentations, one from the NAVY and the other from a 'drone' perspective!  See FIREWORKS FOR THE 4TH.
 
07/06/14
 
Celebrate Independence by Sailing Through Maritime History
 
This is an article for 'privateers' and other early dreamers.  What was the role of the 'boats for hire' in the war for independence.  Take a walk through MARITIME HISTORY.
 
07/04/14
 
Governor Announces NEW Adirondack Opportunities
 
The Governor of New York State continues his efforts to expand opportunities in the Adirondack Region.  This press release highlights multiple efforts.  See FREE LAKESIDE SITES.
 
07/04/14
 
Repossess a Boat?
 
This is an article that should be added to your 'what if' folder.  The instructions are provided on this touchy subject.  See ATTORNEY.
 
07/04/14
 
Navy Officer Pleads Guilty
 
Massive fraud and bribery case costs the U.S. more than $20 million.  Retired Navy Commander faces 5 years in prison.  See NAVY CASE.
 
07/04/14
 
Steamboat Meet
 
Steamboat Meet at Waterford, N.Y. on July 5, 2014.  Antique steamboats, historic Tug Buffalo, fireworks at 9:30 p.m. and meet NAV-ED at The Chamber of Southern Saratoga booth.  Activities from 8:00 a.m. - 10:00 p.m.
 
07/04/14
 
USMC Aviator Lands without Nose Gear
 
Have to see this VIDEO of this landing!  See CONTROLLED.
 
06/27/14
 
7,500 Lakes Open to FREE Fishing
 
The Governor of New York announced that the 7,500 lakes and 50,000 miles of streams were open for fishing WITHOUT A LICENSE on June 28 - 29, 2014.  This is one of the new initiatives to increase participation in the State's greatest hobby.  See NO LICENSE.
 
06/26/14
 
Allision Decision
 
The NTSB released the report on the allision in the Illinois River.  Millions of dollars of damage to the dam and flooding.  See ALLISION.
 
06/26/14
 
Maritime History Grants Available
 
Grant funds are available for projects in maritime history.  This is a great opportunity to preserve maritime history.  Additional information is available at GRANTS.
 
06/24/14
 
FUTBOL FEVER IN BRAZIL CLOSES THE DOCKS
 
The dock workers in Brazil negotiated 'time outs' during the World Cup!  The workers are important for the economy and the maritime industry has its supporters.  See UNION CONTRACT.
 
06/24/14
 
Greek Drug Bust
 
Greek authorities scored a $30 million drug bust on a tanker with the help of the United States.  See TANKER DOWN.
 
06/24/14
 
Check Out the APPS Review
 
Latest review for navigation APPS.  Have to see them before you purchase anything!  See NAVIGATION APPS.
 
06/19/14
 
Caterpillar Introduces Twin Fin
 
Caterpillar announced the twin fin which includes a short drive shaft and a rotating pair of controllable pitch propellers. This article is a must for fuel efficiency.  See TWIN FIN.
 
06/19/14
 
Guilty Plea in MAYDAY Hoax in Virginia
 
A guilty plea was entered in a case which cost rescuers $87,000.  The guilty hoaxer may face a fine of $250,000 in addition to the restitution.  She may also spend 6 years in prison thinking about the call!  See VIRGINIA HOAX.
 
06/19/14
 
MAYDAY Hoax in Puget Sound
 
Three MAYDAY calls were made recently in the Puget Sound area.  Total cost to the taxpayer is $200,000.  Help is requested and the audio recording is provided!  See HOAX CALLS.
 
06/19/14
 
Historic Whaleship Under Sail
 
The Charles W. Morgan was refurbished and set on a journey this summer.  The article links to the main website for the vessel information and travel plans.  See SAIL PHOTOS.
 
06/19/14
 
National Maritime Center Discusses Processing Time
 
The National Maritime Center (NMC) provides an explanation of processing time restraints.  The NMC also suggests a time factor for license applications and renewals.  See NMC.
 
06/19/14
 
Australian Company Announces Shark Detection System
 
It is time to buy stock!  Two companies in Australia are developing the Clever Buoy which will detect a shark's sonar signature and swimming patterns.  An alert will then be communicated to the life guards!  Variables include the length of the object as well as the propulsion.  See ENGINEERS GOTTA LOVE THIS.
 
05/29/14
 
Fish in the Palm of your Hand
 
As another recent initiative to promote tourism in the State, the Governor announced the availability of a new APP for fishing, hunting and wildlife.  The APP includes locations, maps and boat ramps!  See GOTTA HAVE THIS APP.
 
05/29/14
 
Did You Like Pirates of the Caribbean?
 
Mishap of mishaps ..... You will never guess what the story behind the story!  See MOVIE RETIREMENT.
 
05/29/14
 
Liability for Sunken Vessels
 
So, you are in a sailboat race and you run aground, cut your mast free and do not remove the vessel.  Who is liable?   What part of the bill can you send to the insurance company?  Good news as racing season approaches.  See WHO PAYS?
 
05/29/14
 
NEW GPS System in Place for Bridge Construction Zones
 
The Governor of New York State announced a new safety initiative in bridge construction zones which includes an online GPS system for identifying construction vessels as well as a safety brochure.  See VESSEL ZONE.
 
5/29/14
 
Cargo Tonnage To Increase on State Canal System
 
Shippers are realizing their ability to "move oversize shipments or heavy items that might tax a truck or rail car."  About time for a commercial license for charters on the canal?  See CANAL.
 
5/23/14
 
Atlantic Hurricane Outlook for 2014
 
What can we expect?  Shall we take the trip? What to do .... what to do?  See PROJECTIONS.
 
5/22/14
 
Not a Great Launch!
 
This video is a downer for the boat builder.  You are watching a $10 million yacht during its launch.  Not good publicity!  See SORRY!
 
5/22/14
 
Proclamation of Maritime Day
 
May 22 is a great day for everyone in the mariner world.  The President asks that you "dress ship".  See GREAT EVENT.
 
5/22/14
 
Did You Ever Go to the Mystic Seaport?
 
The Whaling Ship, Charles W. Morgan, is restored and on its way.  Read this article and take a look at the tracking system on the Seaport website.  See MORGAN UNDER SAIL.
 
5/17/14
 
"Virtual" Buoys Tested by USCG in San Francisco Bay
 
Electronic Aids to Navigation (eATON) are being tested for performance in the stormy waters of San Francisco Bay.  This story is a must for electronic junkies.  See eATON.
 
5/17/14
 
Vessel on Maiden Voyage Detained for Safety Violations
 
The rescue boat didn't start and the crew failed to inspect it!  The vessel's steering pump power failed.  See NEW BOAT.
 
5/17/14
 
New Renewable Energy Device Proposed
 
Harnessing ocean power is a step closer with the renewable energy device.  See OCEAN POWER
 
5/17/14
 
Norway to Power Oil Fields from Land
 
Four North Sea oil fields will be required to be powered by electricity from land.  Twenty-five percent of all emissions were from in oil fields in 2012.  See POWER.
 
5/17/14
 
Maritime Food Aid and the USCG Budget
 
Interesting insight into the competing forces at work in Congress to make things happen.  This particular issue reflects on the use of U.S. carriers and food shipments.  See FOOD.
 
5/17/14
 
Come to the Canalfest and Visit with NAV-ED
 
The Town of Waterford has announced its 2014 Canalfest for May 10, 2014 from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.  Visit the Chamber of Southern Saratoga County's display and receive information on NAV-ED classes!  See YOU there.
 
5/04/14
 
Travel to Nova Scotia and Save Drive Time
 
Overnight cruise and car ferry service to be reintroduced between Maine and Nova Scotia on May 15, 2014.  See TRAVEL TO NOVA SCOTIA.
 
5/04/14
 
Latest Review of Ferry Boat Tragedy in Korea
 
It appears that a series of events may have caused the tragedy in Korea.  Modifications impacting on the stability of the vessel played a serious role.  See SEWOL SINKING.
 
5/04/14
 
Amazing NEW Suspension System on a Catamaran
 
Nauti-Craft announces new marine suspension system on its 8 meter catamaran.  See WHO WILL BUY?
 
5/04/14
 
Soccer or Cruise Line?
 
Latest controversy in Miami concerning David Beckham"s plans for a waterfront soccer stadium in the port.  See EXPANSION.
 
5/04/14
 
Master or OUPV Renewal Course
 
NAV-ED Services Group offers a refresher course for licensed Captains and Masters (NTM 100 Tons) who have not completed 360 days of sea experience during their license period. See COURSE.
 
4/21/14
 
The Net Catches Another Fish in the NAVY
 
The investigation of the scandal in the fleet continues.  This article announces the arrest of a Petty Officer and recounts the previous legal action.  See RELEASING THE PORT DATES.
 
4/21/14
 
Scathing Commentary on the Tragedy in Korea
 
This comment includes a concise lesson in ship management and compares the Korean ferry to the Titanic and to the COSTA Concordia.  See ISSUES.
 
4/21/14
 
Ferry Boat Disaster in Korea
 
Interesting article questioning whether speed and the nature of the ferry service may have caused the accident.  See LISTING.
 
4/21/14
 
Parasailing Accident Case
 
We often don't think of parasailing as a licensed commercial activity.  Please take a moment and read the USCG decision in this parasailing case.  See DAMAGES.
 
4/12/14
 
Senator Blasts US Navy on LCS
 
A little while ago we provided articles on the LCS (Littoral Combat Ship) development saga.  It appeared that there was concern about the effectiveness of this ship.  The projected number of future vessels has been reduced.  See LCS Under Fire.
 
4/12/14
 
Millions Provided for Angler and Sportsman Activities in NY
 
The Governor announced that money has been allocated to make New York State more user-friendly to the fishing and hunting enthusiasts in the State of New York.  See NEW FUNDS.
 
4/12/14
 
Trout Stocking
 
Did you ever wonder where and how many trout were stocked annually in New York State.  Take a look at the latest summary and share with your 'angler' friends.  See TROUT.
 
4/12/14
 
Family Rescued from Sailboat
 
The press has had a great time with this article over the past week.  This family decided to take a voyage on a sailboat with their infant children.  Here is the FAMILY.
 
4/12/14
 
SEA SERVICE DEFINED IN NEW REGULATIONS
 
Sea service and accompanying information including levels of experience required and documentation appear in the revised version of the CFR.  See SEA EXPERIENCE.
 
4/4/14
 
USCG ANNOUNCEMENTS (2014)
 
Keep in touch with all of the announcements issued by the National Maritime Center during 2014.  Supplementary information is available through this link.  See ANNOUNCEMENTS2014.
 
4/4/14
 
USCG Revisions: Side-by-Side Comparison
 
The latest revisions in regulations displayed in comparison with previous regulation language.  Includes implementation dates.  See COMPARISON.
 
4/4/14
 
Updated Professional Qualifications Issued by USCG
 
The USCG issued the updated versions of the professional qualification checklists on March 25, 2014.  These checklists include the checklist for the Captain (OUPV) license.  See UPDATED CHECKLIST.
 
3/25/14
 
Two Shot on Navy Destroyer in Norfolk
 
A civilian and a sailor were killed by gunfire in Norfolk, Virginia.  See GUNFIRE IN NORFOLK.
 
3/25/14
 
Take a New Type of Cruise
 
This new cruise line project will be developed for those who have stayed away from other cruise ships.  Check out the VIRGIN CRUISE.
 
3/25/14
 
Helping to Find the Missing Airliner
 
Here is a description of how the Inmarsat technicians used 'pings' to identify the location of the missing jetliner.  See PINGS.
 
3/25/14
 
New York Pilot Boat Mishap
 
A New York Pilot Boat collided with a cargo ship.  See MISHAP.
 
3/19/14
 
Assistance Sought for Airplane Search
 
Vessels transiting the area in which the Malaysian Airliner disappeared are being asked to assist in the international effort. See VESSEL SEARCH.
 
3/19/14
 
USCG Appeal Process
 
Regulatory changes have been made to identify another address for submission of appeal requests.  See USCG.
 
3/19/14
 
USCG Postdating of MMC
 
The USCG has issued a statement concerning the implementation of changes in license implementation.  An application renewal can be submitted with a request for a delay up to 8 months.  See USCG.
 
3/19/14
 
STCW Training Final Rules
 
NAV-ED provided an earlier update on regulatory changes.  Here is an article which combines regulations effecting larger vessels and those impacting the 'training industry'.  See REGULATIONS.
 
3/11/14
 
A 130 Year Old on the Lake?
 
Check out Canberra for a 130 year old paddle steamer downunder!  See ENTERPRISE.
 
3/11/14
 
How About $5,000 a Month for Life?
 
Catchy title but some great implications.  How can a cruise company reduce class action suits and should they?  Read about a passenger-led suit against Carnival.  See ADRIFT AT SEA.
 
3/11/14
 
Whose Survey Was That?
 
Ok, you had a survey done on your vessel before you purchased it because it was required by the insurance carrier.  Now, your vessel has sunk.  The insurance company has their own survey completed and they will not pay for your boat.  Why?  See THE ATTORNEY.
 
3/4/14
 
Relieved of Command .... No Gold Medal!
 
The skipper of the USS Taylor has been relieved of his command.  This came as no surprise for our military vets.  As you recall, the USS Taylor was part of the Sochi Olympic back-up.  See ON HIS WAY HOME.
 
3/3/14
 
Concordia Captain Comes Aboard
 
We haven't seen too much of the Concordia Captain but now he appears in vivid color on his former command.  See CAPTAIN IN BLUE.
 
3/3/14
 
How Much Stock Do You Own in Carnival?
 
What do you think 1% of Carnival stock is worth?  Someone is making millions for his 1%!  See LET ME SELL MY STOCK.
 
3/3/14
 
Latest Funding Updates for the US Navy
 
Winners and losers in the budget battle are announced.  Check on the approvals and see which ships were delayed.  See US NAVY.
 
3/3/14
 
Everybody Likes Maritime Art
 
Take a look at some great art.  Enjoy the pirates and no-so pirates of old.  See ART.
 
3/3/14
 
American Maritime Partnership Gets Salty!
 
If you followed the New Jersey controversy concerning road salt and the Jones Act, this article is a good follow-up.  It is interesting that facts are sometimes delayed, just like road salt!  See SALT FOLLOWUP.
 
2/22/14
 
NMC Posts Illustrations for Examinations
 
A few years ago, the examination questions for the USCG examinations were removed from the web.  They were reinstated recently but the illustrations were not posted.  These have recently been published and are accessible as a teaching tool for those preparing for the examinations.  See ILLUSTRATIONS.
 
2/19/14
 
A Dog at a Boat Launch?
 
The State of Montana is looking at the possibility of using scent-trained Belgian Malinois at boat launches to search out invasive species!  This breed can differentiate 19 different scents and appears to be a great potential resource at the boat launches.  See NOSE WORK.
 
2/19/14
 
USS Taylor Does not Win a Medal!
 
A report from Turkey indicates that a US Naval Vessel, the USS Taylor, ran aground while attempting to moor!  The vessel was in the area in support of the Sochi Olympics.  It is currently inoperable.  See NO MEDAL.
 
2/19/14
 
Winter Salt Deliveries to New Jersey and the Jones Act
 
Another opportunity to learn about the Jones Act and newspaper interpretations.  Who is the culprit and who has the salt, now?  See SALT STORY.
 
2/19/14
 
Transportation Safety Board Releases Report on HMS Bounty
 
The hearing on the sinking of the HMS Bounty were publicized extensively in the media.  For this reason, the results of the investigation provide very few surprises.  The report overall should be part of the curriculum for anyone wanting to take on the responsibility of being a skipper!  See REPORT.
 
2/10/14
 
HOLY APP!  Here is an App for your Smartphone: Convert Your Phone into a FISHFINDER!
 
This is a $230 winner!  We will be sending a special note to our fishermen friends ... Captains Hammonds and Brown!  The sonar pod floats within Bluetooth range, scans to 120 feet and pictures can be taken with the smartphone!  See FISH POD.
 
2/5/14
 
'Black-Hulled' Ships to Replace Gray at a Cost Savings?
 
The US is confronting a major economic issue.  How does the country respond to ongoing requests in the future?  What is the military sealift command?  See MERCHANT MARINE ASSETS.
 
2/4/14
 
Redundant Systems!
 
Great news.  The 42,000 sheep and 6,000 cattle are in great shape.  This transport vessel had more redundancy than the cruise liners!  See SAFETY.
 
2/3/14
 
VIDEO of Confrontation between Sea Shepherd and Japanese Whaling Fleet
 
Violent confrontation on the high seas caught on VIDEO.  Short sequence tells the entire story.  See WHALING.
 
2/3/14
 
How About a NEW Houseboat Built from a Container?
 
Save time and money for your next houseboat.  Great opportunity for 'inquiring minds'.  See REMODEL WONDER.
 
2/3/14
 
Keep an Eye on the Latest USCG Regulatory Changes
 
The USCG has issued a series of regulatory changes within the last few weeks.  Some of the changes impact on licenses for ocean-going vessels but others will effect entry-level licenses.  In order to help our students understand these changes, we will post the latest information and commentary.  See SCTW.
 
1/31/14
 
The List of 'Sick' Cruise Ships Grows
 
It is hard to keep up to the problems experienced by the cruise ship industry.  They continue to find 'sick' ships and sicker passengers.  See SEE A DOCTOR.
 
1/31/14
 
NY Governor Announces NEW Adirondack Website
 
Governor Cuomo announced the launching of a new website dealing with the Adirondacks.  The website is a great addition to the tourism portfolio for a beautiful area and the site for many of our graduate Captains' activities.  See VISIT ADIRONDACKS.
 
1/31/14
 
New USCG Certificate of Inspection?
 
When does a new owner have to provide a new certificate of inspection?  This article provides insight for those who want to use their Master credential and are wondering whether the new vessel needs an inspection even though the current certificate has not expired.  See COI.
 
1/31/14
 
Bud Light Hotel?
 
Need a place to sleep for the Super Bowl?  Too bad, because you should have received your invitation by now!  What is the BUD LIGHT HOTEL?
 
1/29/14
 
What Should I Do When Purchasing My First Boat?
 
What questions would you like answered by an attorney when purchasing your first boat? Did you forget anything?  See ATTORNEY.
 
1/23/14
 
Who Has the African Queen?
 
Of course, you have always wondered who owns the African Queen.  Is it on the Nile, Uganda or maybe, the Florida Keys?  See THE QUEEN.
 
1/23/14
 
Issuance of USCG Medical Certificates
 
NAV-ED previously posted the announcement of the USCG's policy shift in regard to issuance of medical certificates.  The Navigation and Vessel Inspection Circular (NVIC) was issued for guidance on this issue.  See NVIC.
 
1/23/14
 
UPDATE ON USCG POLICY: MEDICAL AND RECREATIONAL USE OF MARIJUANA
 
The latest update issued indicates that there are implications for licenses individuals failing a drug test because of recreational or medicinal use of marijuana.  Please review POLICY.
 
1/22/14
 
Legality of Taking Guns on Boats and the Liability Involved 
 
Anyone who intends to carry a firearm on board should take a look at this discussion.  Sometimes the legality of the action may not be recognized by other parties.  See GUNS.
 
1/21/14
 
Second Tugboat Sinks
 
A second mishap was reported in the approximate area of the tug sinking cited below.  This time the tug was 38 feet in length.  Crew rescued.  See SECOND TUG DOWN.
 
1/16/14
 
Tug Sinks
 
NAV-ED answered questions a few years ago about the towing limitations imposed by the USCG on smaller tugboats (less than 26 feet).  This particular model (> 26 feet) does not require a USCG license and is used on construction sites.  Please take a look at his article and compare the size of the tugboat with the size of the barge.  See TUGBOATSANK.
 
1/15/14
 
GoPro in a Crab Trap!
 
You don't have to see the entire video but it gives you a good idea of scuba without the water.  See CRABTRAP.
 
1/14/14
 
Marine Protected Areas
 
This article describes the distribution of US Marine Protected Areas (MPA) and their control. See MPA.
 
1/14/14
 
JOBS .....
 
Take a look at the latest in the larger marine industry.  In quite a few cases, no license required!  See JOBS.
 
1/14/14
 
NOAA Plans to Update 'Magenta Line'
 
One of the features on charts for the Intracoastal Waterway is the 'magenta line'.  The 'line' was thought essential for navigation on the waterway.  For anyone who ever intends to travel the ICW ... see MAGENTA.
 
1/14/14
 
USCG Issues New Medical Standards for License Holders
 
The USCG has issued a new directive regarding medical standards and procedures.  The memo on the medical certificate issuance should be reviewed by all mariners.  See MEDICAL.
 
1/08/14
 
USCG Warning on Cold Temperatures
 
The USCG provides suggestions for boating in cold temperatures.  See USCG PRESS.
 
1/08/14
 
Disagreement between USCG and EPA Concerning Ballast
 
The USCG and the EPA are on slightly different pages in regard to ballast.  Take a look at the dispute.  See USCGEPA.
 
1/08/14
 
gCaptain Launches a New Store
 
For those who follow this website, you have to have noted that one of our major sources of 'links' is gCaptain.  When we saw it today, we decided to advise everyone to take a look at their new addition .... an online store!  You have to take a look even if you don't intend to purchase.  See POSTHOLIDAY GIFTS.
 
01/02/14
 
Sailing Ship in the NEW YEAR
 
Text and beautiful pictures of the Gotheborg.  This tall ship is a replica of the original and destined to amaze.  See WOOD BARQUE.
 
12/31/13
 
The Debate About the TWIC
 
Comment from the USCG on the TWIC reader debate and comment process.  See TWIC.
 
12/29/13
 
Latest on GPS Jamming Countermeasures
 
A while ago we reported an experiment in GPS jamming.  The results can be catastrophic but the UK is undertaking countermeasures.  See UK RESPONSE.
 
12/29/13
 
Help on a Boat Commission
 
Buyer beware! This is an article explaining the confusion about boat commissions.  It is a must-read if anyone intends to sell and move up to another boat.  See COMMISSION.
 
12/29/13
 
PHOTOS from Around the World
 
Photos assembled from around the world to help you enjoy the New Year!  See PICTURES FROM NEW ZEALAND.
 
12/29/13
 
A YEAR in Maritime PHOTOS for 2013
 
Take a look at a series of photos and re-live a year in maritime history.  See PHOTOS.
 
12/25/13
 
Heavy Surf Sea Trials in Ireland
 
A must see article with PHOTOS of the heavy surf sea trials for the Interceptor 48!  This is a boat for Christmas!  See IRISH SURF.
 
12/23/13
 
National Maritime Center Issues Statement on Credential Delay
 
The National Maritime Center (NMC) has announced that they are experiencing a tremendously high number of application and security clearance requests.  See NMC.
 
12/21/13
 
'Poop' Ship is Busted!
 
Carnival Cruises admitted in court that they were aware of the fire hazard on their cruise ships.  See CARNIVAL AT BAY.
 
12/21/13
 
Best New RUM - PAPA'S PILAR!
 
We received a FLASH news report!  The rum inspired by Ernest Hemingway was awarded the award as 'Best New Rum of 2013'.  Take a look and take a taste ... see RUM.
 
12/20/13
 
64 Foot Passenger Ferry Runs Aground in North Carolina with Injuries Reported
 
A passenger ferry ran aground and passengers were evacuated by the USCG.  Pictures indicate the ferry hard aground at 0900 hours. See FERRY.
 
12/17/13
 
Five Tips from BoatUS to Help Your Boat and Trailer Weather the Winter
 
The winter weather has struck with a vengeance and the temperature has plummeted!  You might want to take another look at that lonely boat and trailer in your driveway.  See WINTER STORAGE.
 
12/16/13
 
How is the NMC Doing on Processing USCG Applications?
 
Take a look at the statistics for November 2013 compared to November 2012.  You can be the judge but it seems like there is a lot of traffic! Note that the statistics include time spent reviewing applications apart from 'waiting' time.
 
12/16/13
 
How About River Cruising on the Mississippi?
 
The latest information on future plans for expanding riverboat cruising on the Mississippi and other rivers.  Check out what is available now and plans to 2015. See RIVERBOATS.
 
12/16/13
 
Floating Homes and an Eviction Notice
 
What rights does the tenant have when given an eviction notice?  See ATTORNEY.
 
12/16/13
 
Is the USCG Meeting Its Mission Goals?
 
The latest testimony on an evaluation of the USCG mission goals.  Budget cutbacks and planning are reviewed in light of the mission statement.  See GOALS.
 
12/16/13
 
What About the TWIC Program?
 
Article describes the pro's and con's of the TWIC process.  The TWIC card and it's use is a little more complex than imagined.  See TWIC.
 
12/12/13
 
Additional Information (AI) Requests Have Deadlines!
 
If you have a request for additional information i.e. medical tests, etc. from the National Maritime Center (NMC and cannot meet the deadline, what do you do?  Here is the AI ANSWER.
 
12/09/13
 
Oldest Surviving Steel-Hulled Warship (PHOTOS)
 
The USS Olympia is the oldest surviving  steel-hulled warship and only remaining ship to have served in the Spanish-American War.  The pictures are fabulous.  Look at OFFICER COUNTRY.
 
12/09/13
 
Mandatory Boater Education?
 
The latest on the boater education discussion.  Florida is weighing in with their thoughts on the topic.  New York State has expanded the State requirement but with a slow implementation schedule.  See BOATER EDUCATION?
 
12/09/13
 
Coast Guard Not Required to Rescue
 
In a court decision, it was decided that the USCG was not under an obligation to rescue boaters.  Interesting take on the rescue mission.  See RESCUE.
 
12/03/13
 
Nautical Gifts for the Holidays
 
Check out this article listing the latest for the nautical-minded person.  Actually some of the gifts are VERY nice!  See GIFTS.
 
12/03/13
 
A FISH Story from Miami
 
Enormous skate caught recently off Miami.  Beautiful picture.  See SKATE.
 
11/27/13
 
Navy Probe Continues into Bribery
 
The latest update on the scandal which has involved a major port supplier.  See INVESTIGATION.
 
11/27/13
 
THANKSGIVING AT SEA
 
The winter wind is blowing and it is probably too late for this year BUT this travel guide has some suggestions you might want to earmark for next year.  See THANKS AT SEA.
 
11/26/13
 
Can You Spare $1.5 Million?
 
A tug went aground on Lake Ontario.  The Master had an altered Merchant Marine license and he made false statements to the USCG.  He now faces up to 27 years in jail and a $1.5 million dollar fine!  See CLAYTON CAPTAIN.
 
11/25/13
 
Drinking and Driving on the High Seas
 
The Captain admitted to drinking but only after he ran aground.  The mate had nothing to say apparently!  By the way, they charted a course to the wrong port.  See SET ME UP.
 
11/25/13
 
Better RENEW the License, Captain!
 
A charter boat with 7 passengers was stopped in the Charleston area in mid-November.  No license and no inspection certificate (required for more than 6 passengers) was available for the boarding party.  The USCG indicated that the penalty may reach $40,000 a day!  Take a look at the USCG statement and take note.  See NO TICKET.
 
11/24/13
 
EMPOWERING Women Mariners
 
This initiative seeks to increase the number of women who work as mariners.  It is a must read for everyone!  See MARINER INITIATIVES.
 
11/24/13
 
PHOTOS, PHOTOS ..... Take a Break and Look at Some PICS
 
The BBC runs a series of photos which are best seen on a dreary winter day.  Take a look and enjoy!  See PHOTOS.
 
11/24/13
 
Failure to Maintain a Proper Watch Causes Collision (COLREGS at Work!)
 
Read the accident report on this mid-ocean collision when the Captain decided to handle the watch by himself!  See CRASH.
 
11/24/13
 
My Boat Buyer Has Skipped Payments, What Do I Do?
 
The purchaser has missed payments.  What steps should I take to recover? If you are considering payments on the sale of your vessel, this is an article to read.  See MONEY.
 
11/21/13
 
Alabama Senator Seeks to Circumvent Jones Act
 
Alabama Senator Shelby is seeking to make an exception to the Jones Act.  The proposed bill will authorize certain exceptions to the Act. See JONES ACT REVISED.
 
11/21/13
 
Need for Dredging May be Met
 
It is hard to sail on sand.  Congress is currently considering funding to deepen ports and waterways to assist in increasing commercial traffic.  The bill appears to have two party support.  See WATERWAYS.
 
11/21/13
 
Beautiful Pictures of JFK's Presidential Yacht
 
The Honey Fitz is in beautiful color in the pictures in this this report.  Take a look and a closer look at the crew member and wonder if you could swap places!  See HONEY FITZ.
 
11/21/13
 
COSTA CONCORDIA Trial 'Heating' Up!
 
Crew have testified that the Captain did not fall off the vessel but jumped to safety prior to the evacuation of his passengers.  Also, one of the Captain's character witnesses turned out to have extremely close ties with the officer.  See CAPTAIN AT THE BENCH.
 
11/10/13
 
Do You Need a License Consultant to Re-New Your Credential
 
Interesting article for anyone who has any concern with medical, security clearance or qualification concern during the licensing process.  The consultant will handle paperwork and submit information in a manner understandable by the license reviewer.  See LICENSE HELP.
 
11/09/13
 
Investigation Begins - Party Boat Sank - Need a License?
 
A party boat with 'only a few of his friends' sank in the Miami area.  The skipper was cruising with his 'friends' and a DJ who was also his friend.  Did the skipper need a USCG license?  See PLEASE SHOW ME YOUR LICENSE.
 
11/09/13
 
Salty Dawg Rally Receives Coast Guard Assistance
 
A rally of blue water sailors off the Virginia coast were caught in foul weather.  The USCG responded to calls from 5 sailboats needing assistance from the 116 in the rally.  The sailors activated positioning devices.  See GREAT TECH.
 
11/09/13
 
Two Admirals are the Latest in the Singapore Fiasco
 
When you thought they stopped the problem, more news surfaces regarding two admirals!  Catch the latest in the investigation.  See ADMIRALS UNDER THE SCOPE.
 
11/09/13
 
Sailboat vs. Tugboat: RULES OF THE ROAD
 
This is a prime example for the interpretation of the RULES in regard to the operation of sailboats in the vicinity of tug boats.  Read this attorney's view on who should stay clear.  See ATTORNEY.
 
11/07/13
 
Pirates A Little Closer to Home
 
Various US Navy personnel are under a microscope for alleged transfer of information to a vendor.  The personnel received money and other 'favors' but are now probably a little sorry for their reported transgressions.  See COURT TIME.
 
11/07/13
 
GOOGLE Mystery Revealed?
 
A recent press report reveals the mystery of the GOOGLE barges which were previously thought to be 'data centers'.  GOOGLE issued a vague statement about their true purpose.  See GOOGLE Revealed.
 
11/07/13
 
APP for Sailboat Racing
 
Can't say it is free but take a look and see if you like what you see.  We know we need all the help we can get on the starting line.  See  APP
 
11/06/13
 
Profits from $400 Million Ransom
 
In a recently released report it was noted that pirates collected $400 million in ransom from their 'activities' off the coast of Somalia since 2005.  The report notes that the pirates pocketed 0.01% with 30 - 75% collected by their financiers. See HIGH RISK INVESTMENT.
 
11/02/13
 
U.S. Plans Global Network of Online Programs
 
The U.S. operated a project overseas to offer online instruction.  The government determined that there was a growing conviction that 'students do better if they can discuss course materials and meet at least occasionally with a teacher or facilitator'.  (Of course, this is the model we use with NAV-ED's OPTION2 course where we substitute non-residential study for on-line instruction.) See FACILITATED DISCUSSION.
 
10/31/13
 
Britney Spears Drives Pirates Away
 
A rumor circulated that Britney Spears' music drove pirates away.  Was this the truth or should we be looking at an LRAD?  See LONG RANGE ACOUSTIC DEVICE.
 
10/30/13
 
New Stealth Destroyer (Great Pictures!)
 
The US Navy's new Zumwalt-class destroyer is moving closer to launch.  The destroyer is designed 'for littoral operations and land attack'.  The vessel has a unique hull and a shape which 'reduces the ship's radar cross section.'  See STEALTH DESTROYER
 
10/30/13
 
More AIS Hacking - A Vessel 'Adopts' Another Number
 
When is one vessel, another vessel?  AIS hacking was highlighted on our site on October 17, 2013 (see below).  In this story, an Iranian oil tanker becomes another vessel!  See MAGIC AIS
 
10/29/13
 
Transferring Ownership of a Boat When the Owner is Deceased
 
Not a friendly topic to discuss but important for boat owners to keep on the shelf.  The issue is complicated and according to this review can be even more so when the will is in probate. See BOAT OWNERSHIP.
 
10/29/13
 
HMS Bounty - A Survivor's Memories
 
A surviving crewmember comments on her experience and feelings a year after the tragedy resulted in the death of two.  See HMS BOUNTY.
 
10/29/13
 
Secret GOOGLE Floating Data Center?
 
There are interesting reports that a barge in San Francisco Bay is actually a soon-to-be data center being constructed by GOOGLE.  The concept is great and the patent is real.  See GOOGLE.
 
10/28/13
 
Rescuers Receive Recognition from USCG
 
The crew of the Spirit of Ethan Allen III were recognized by USCG BURLINGTON Marine Safety Specialist Ed Green for rescuing three teenage kayakers on Lake Champlain.  See RESCUE
 
10/25/13
 
Experiment Proving the Vulnerability of the Automatic Identification System (AIS)
 
A VIDEO demonstrating the ease at which the AIS system can be made vulnerable and calling for changes to eliminate this vulnerability.  The researchers can create a false impression of vessel size, vessel position and vessel cargo among other features which are normally used to identify vessels.  See AIS
 
10/17/13
 
Dramatic Example of Reason to Stay Clear of Larger Vessels
 
Dramatic video of the dismasting of a sailboat during a race.  Interestingly the commentator doesn't miss a beat.  After seeing the video, read the verdict against the sailboat skipper.  See STAY CLEAR.
 
10/12/13
 
Information Issued by NMC Concerning Impact of Government Shutdown
 
The National Maritime Center has advised that licenses which will be used internationally will be re-issued during the government shutdown but no action will be taken on domestic licenses which expire beginning on October 1, 2013. Mariners should contact the NMC. See NOTICE FROM NMC.
 
10/10/13
 
National Maritime Center Announcement Regarding License Renewal Applications
 
The NMC has requested that individuals continue to submit application renewal requests so that they can be handled when the government shutdown is concluded.
 
10/10/13
 
Have a USCG License and Assistance Towing Endorsement?
 
NAV-ED received a solicitation from Compass Marine Services which we thought we would pass on to our graduates and 'prospective' candidates.  Compass is "rolling out a new marine assistance program and needs licensed captains to provide towing services to local boaters ...."  That is all we know but we thought interested captains can give them a call and judge for yourself.  See COMPASS MARINE.
 
10/6/13
 
Shore to Ship to Market
 
A Vermont farmer uses a sailing barge to market crops.  The barge will make stops in Whitehall, Mechanicville, Troy, Albany and Hudson.  See INFO AND DATES.
 
10/6/13
 
The Future of the America's Cup Competition in New Zealand
 
As everyone knows, the America's Cup has stayed in the United States with the defeat of Team New Zealand.  There is a question whether New Zealand will compete in the next race which has already been begun with a challenge from Australia.  See NEW ZEALAND AGAIN?
 
10/2/13
 
National Maritime Center (NMC) Limits Service
 
The NMC announced their plans for limited services caused by the shutdown of the Federal government on October 1, 2013.  See SHUTDOWN.
 
10/1/13
 
What Qualifications are Needed for a Boat Surveyor?
 
Here is a question which is important for anyone who is in the process of either buying or selling a boat.  How are boat surveyors licensed?  Do you know?  Better take a look at the attorney's comment.  See ATTORNEY.
 
10/1/13
 
NY Governor Signs NEW Boater Safety Law
 
Governor Andrew Cuomo signed into law, a boater safety law which will require a boater safety certificate for all individuals operating a motor boat in New York State effective May 1, 2014.  See GOVERNOR.
 
9/30/13
 
America's Cup Challenge
 
As one race was finishing, another is starting up.  The winner of the current cup was immediately challenged by Australia!  See EARLY CHALLENGE.
 
9/30/13
 
Liability for Injuries from Fishing Line
 
Interesting article on the liability for a fisherman who caught a boater with his fishing line.  Interesting discussion on the applicability of the COLREGS as well as the normal judicial process.  See CAUGHT AT LAST.
 
9/13/13
 
America's Cup Action .... at last!
 
You may have decided not to keep track of the America' Cup because there wasn't too much to see during the preliminaries.  However, you might want to take a look at the last few races of the series.  The boats are fast .... See CUP RACE.
 
9/13/13
 
What is the Liability for a Yacht Club When They Supply a Race Committee Boat?
 
Interesting question because of the number of yacht clubs sponsoring races and providing committee boats.  Do you know whether the sailing rules or the navigation rules have precedence?  See RULES ARE RULES.
 
8/29/13
 
Going Sailing to Mexico?
 
Here is a great source for information on traveling to Mexico by boat.  Find out what to expect when you are 'on the hook' and what to do to save expenses.  See SOUTH.
 
8/27/13
 
Calling All Electrical Engineers
 
An announcement was made of the construction of a highest-voltage offshore converter station off of Germany.  The purpose is to convert AC power from a wind farm to DC power for transmission to shore.  See AC-DC.
 
8/27/13
 
Parbuckling is Almost Ready
 
The COSTA Concordia is still where we left it last!  The salvage operation is still underway and the public is waiting.  This article contains picture and engineering specs for the avid engineer.  See COSTA.
 
8/27/13
 
The Preliminary Races are Over!
 
It is hard to advertise for the America's Cup because there hasn't been too much competitive sailing.  At this point, New Zealand defeated Italy and will 'battle' the ORACLE team in early September.  The best suggestion is to check in on the New Zealand newspapers because they provide great commentary, wit and also transmit the video action when not available in the United States market.  See ORACLE.
 
8/27/13
 
Did You Hear About Ocean Fracking?
 
It appears that there is fracking in the ocean off of the California coast.  The jury is still out on the potential impact on the California shore but the arguments sound similar to something we have heard before.  See FRACKING.
 
8/27/13
 
What if I have something other than a USCG license?  Can I captain a charter boat?
This question is one which is handled by the attorneys and should be copied in your class notes!  The questioner has years of experience with an MCA 200-Ton Master of Yachts (British Maritime and Coastguard Agency) on a foreign built boat.  The boat has a MARAD waiver.  He wants to operate a charter in the U.S.  See ATTORNEY.
 
8/14/13
 
Ida Lewis Distance Race (Double-Handed, PHRF, IRC)
The Ida Lewis will be run in Newport, R.I. beginning on August 16, 2013.  Follow all the action (tracked by GPS projected on Google Earth). Our partner, Kevin, will be aboard White Rhino.  See IDA.
 
8/14/13
 
1915 Shipwreck Probably in Good Shape
"Ernest Shackleton's famous ship, the Endurance, which he had to abandon in 1915 on his ill-fated Antarctic expedition, is probably still in very good condition on the ocean floor."  See SEA CREATURES to understand why.
 
8/14/13
 
Salty Fisherman Catches a Seagull
This VIDEO gives you the technique of 'gull catching'.  See SALTY CATCH.
 
8/14/13
 
Maersk Offshore Drilling
This VIDEO was developed as a promotional product.  It is interesting to see and hear the process of offshore drilling in what has become an increasingly technical environment.  See MAERSK.
 
8/14/13
 
India Loses Submarine at Dock
A crew of 18 are feared lost in the Port of Mumbai after an explosion in a docked submarine which had just been refitted.  See MUMBAI TRADEGY.
 
8/14/13
 
UK Royal Navy Seizes Drugs
The Royal Navy in coordination with US authorities seized $155.2 million in cocaine off the coast of Puerto Rico.  See BUSTED!
 
8/14/13
 
Their Rudder Smelled Like Fish (VIDEO)
Everything is happening at the America's Cup except racing.  The Italian boat, Luna Rossa, endured another mishap which was reported in New Zealand.  See LUNA.
 
7/26/13
 
HMS Bounty Detail
The author provides a detailed description of activities during the tragedy with the hope of improving training in the future.  How did the crew respond?  See AFTERREPORT.
 
7/26/13
 
Voluntary Disclosure by Cruise Lines?
It seems that mention of expected legislation may have prompted various cruise lines to 'decide to voluntarily' provide data to the public.  The data will help future passengers when they make cruise decisions.  See DISCLOSURE.
 
7/26/13
 
PFD Boots?
Fisherman adrift on the ocean with no PFD?  Rescued after clinging to an unlikely source of flotation.  See PFD.
 
7/26/13
 
Fire in the Gulf of Mexico
The Hercules rig was on fire in the Gulf of Mexico but how much did you hear about the activity?  This report addresses the issue of the seeming  'under sight' of a federal agency charged with keeping tabs on such disasters.  See HERCULES
 
7/26/13
 
America's Cup
The race has been plagued by DNS and DNF issues.  If anything, it is no fun watching a boat compete against itself.  In one case, the one boat lost to itself because it was on the course beyond the course time limit.  The good part is that Team New Zealand clocked 44.15 knots and we had a chance to find unbiased reporting in the New Zealand Herald!  See NEWS FROM A DAY AHEAD.
 
7/19/13
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Carnival Splendor Report Issued by USCG
The USCG released a report on the fire incident.  The USCG concluded that there were intervening issues.  See WHO.
7/19/13
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NAV-ED UPGRADE TO MASTER
Classes are currently in session for the OUPV to Master class.  The class is a three session (8 hours each session) course and will conclude before the end of the month.  Call for information on other classes. (518.312.9041)
7/19/13
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Put Out that Fire!
A tug crew working nearby responded to an apartment fire.  They tried a backhoe and then went to the bilge pump!  See CALIFORNIA SMOKING VIDEO.
7/19/13
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Lawyers Request NEW Survey of COSTA Concordia
Defense attorneys are requesting a new survey be conducted to determine whether the vessel had serious problems which may have impacted on the death of the passengers in the ground vessel.  Meanwhile, the former Captain has requested a plea bargain.  See COSTA ISSUES.
 
7/19/13
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USCG Vessel Inspection and Non-Profit Groups
A reader questioned whether his non-profit needed a vessel inspection because they could not afford the expense.  Interesting issue and interesting answer.  See INSPECTION.
7/19/13
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Boat Sank But the Loan Didn't or Did It?
This fellow bought a boat with a loan.  The boat sank and he filled papers with the USCG to that effect.  The insurance company denied payment on his policy, he went to court and lost. Now, he has received a payment request from the new company who bought his loan.  Does he have to pay?  See PAYMENT.
 
7/05/13
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VIDEO and Commentary on Upcoming America's Cup
Take a look and listen to the story of the new racing on San Francisco Bay. The speed is unbelievable and the need for instant decisions and crew action is prime.  See CUP.
7/02/13
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NYS SAFE BOATING CLASSES
NAV-ED Services Group completed its second class of the session last Saturday.  Participants ranged from youngster to adult.  Experience levels varied as did the type of boat that the candidate owned or used.  The great part was that 100% were successful and that the course was offered FREE of charge!
7/02/13
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8.4 Billion Bananas
Did you ever wonder how food is shipped?  Have any idea about the transport costs?  This might be a good article to read on a hot day.  See BANANAS.
7/02/13
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NYS BOATER SAFETY CERTIFICATE CHANGES
At the conclusion of the 2013-2014 Regular Session, legislators in both houses passed a revision to the navigation law which would require a boating safety certificate.  See LEGISLATIVE CHANGES.
7/02/13
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History of Lifeboats
Take a quick look back into history .... including the photos.  The Irish coast, the rescues and sometimes ... the disasters.  See HEROES.
7/02/13
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Improper NAV Light
The USCG has issued a warning about a NAV light which is marketed as a masthead light.  The USCG indicated that the light is 'not applicable to any lighting requirement.'  See REMOVE THE LIGHT!
6/18/13
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America's Cup in San Francisco
Never too soon to set the 'favorites' to the Cup website.  Racing begins on July 4, 2013.  Check the CUPSITE.
6/18/13
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Supply Ship Sinks After Striking Oil Platform
The M/V Celeste Ann struck an oil platform and sank in the Gulf of Mexico.  Crew were rescued.  See SINKING PHOTO.
6/18/13
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Movies That You Might Have Missed?
When you read about these movies you will wonder where you spent your youth!  Film classics should not be the phrase that comes to mind when you see some of the ads.  See MARITIME MOVIES.
6/18/13
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'Crocodile' Hits a Weather Front (Photo)
Sometimes delivering a boat is simple, sometimes not so.  This article has some great pictures of a weather front photographed after leaving Newport, Rhode Island.  See FRONT.
6/18/13
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You Sold Your Boat but the New Owner Never Registered the Sale ... Will YOU be Liable for Damages?
We thought we would save money by not using a broker for our boat sale.  However, the new owner has not registered the sale ... maybe to save taxes?  Can you be drawn into court to defend yourself if something happens?  See ON THE GRIDDLE.
6/09/13
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Off Again-On Again
The Littoral Combat Ship was mentioned in our post of May 19.  On May 21, Congress appeared to have funded the project but on June 4, Congress thought that perhaps the Navy was building ships faster than they can 'test their design and performance'!  See FOLLOW THE MONEY.
6/09/13
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The Future of the America's Cup
This is a must-read editorial/comment on the future of the America's Cup in light of the tragedy on San Francisco Bay.  It leads one to question the nature of the sport as well as the hype which may be misguided.  See SILICON VALLLEY VS. NEWPORT.
6/09/13
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Missile Strikes Ship!
Missile launch strikes ship off Norway!  VIDEO provides image however, the video is over at about 1:00.  See SEASTRIKE.
6/09/13
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Where is the 'Ghost' Ship?
We posted an article about the M/V Lyubov Orlova a little while ago.  The ship which was a cruise ship had run into rough seas .... both financially and actually!  Follow the adventures after it was let loose by Canada.  See GHOST.
6/09/13
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Did You Ever Want to Own a Boat in a Charter Fleet?
This is an amazing article which describes insurance coverage and its shortfalls.  It also discusses liability for the charter company or is it liability for the person who charters your boat?  See CHARTER AT PERIL.
5/27/13
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Hurricane Season Predictions
Have any plans for the Hurricane Season?  Might want to see the report that was issued indicating that "Your weather risk exposure can be high ...."  See WATCH THE COASTLINE.
5/27/13
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Release of the COSTA Concordia Report
Although there will be future articles on the tragedy and the implications of the report, this link gives you the entire report.  It is perfect for readers who want to be first and make their own judgments without commentary.  See CONCORDIA REPORT.
5/27/13
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Ice Breakers at Work  - Hard Water Sailors
Take a look back through history to see the pictures and read stories of icebreakers.  We probably could have used one on the Saturday before Memorial Day!  See MARITIME MONDAY.
5/27/13
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Littoral Combat Ship Report
It appears that the Littoral Combat Ship program has a few detractors.  One comment: "...ill-suited for combat operations against anything but small, fast boats not armed with anti-ship missiles."  The cost per vessel has risen from $220 million to $440 million with a projected purchase of 52!  With a 104 foot beam, it is said that it poses "...a challenge in narrow waterways and tight harbors." Take a look and you be the judge!  See SPENDING.
5/19/13
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TWIC Study Issues
A must see article for anyone with a TWIC.  The study to evaluate the effectiveness of the TWIC is interesting.  Additional references appear at the end of the article.  See TWIC.
5/19/13
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Cup Tragedy
The Artemis pitchpoled during a practice run for the America's Cup in San Francisc resulting in the death of olympic sailing medalist, Andrew Simpson.  The 72 foot catamaran carried a 131 foot carbon wing sail and was capable of 40 knots.  See GUSTY AND 15-20 KNOTS.
5/19/13
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Captain Schettino Going to Trial
The Captain of the COSTA CONCORDIA was dealt a legal setback in his plea.  Four other officers and the COSTA CRUISES Crisis Coordinator had their pleas accepted.  Captain Schettino will have his day in court.  See SCHETTINO.
5/19/13
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Plan for the Bahama Trip
Probably should spend more time boating.  This is an announcement which you should save for next winter!  The one-day roundtrip between Port Everglades and Grand Bahama will be easier now.  Arrival back to Port Everglades is changing. See TAKE ME TO THE BAHAMAS.
5/19/13
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Two DUCK Stories
The first is a story of a DUCK on fire and the second is a job offer.  Don't quite know how the USCG license might be helpful?  See DUCK ON FIRE and LOOKING FOR A DUCKCAPTAIN.
5/7/13
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Ship-borne Invasive Species
The latest report on tracking ship-borne invasive species conducted by scientists in the UK and Germany. Where are the most likely destinations and what is the overall impact?  See
5/7/13
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Buying a Boat or Buying the LLC?
Which is best for you?  Is either?  What are the differences when you purchase one or the other?  This is definitely a read for anyone contemplating buying a business.  See LLC.
5/7/13
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COSTA CONCORDIA = $1.3 Million Settlement
Italy has agreed to accept a $1.3 million settlement for the groiunding of the Concordia.  Other legal issues i.e. Captain responsibility, passenger claims have not been resolved.  See MILLIONS.
4/10/13
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Woman Busted for Trying to Steal a Research Vessel
She hopped the fence and tried to sail away!  The Scripps Research Ship had a complement of crew ... asleep!  See DID YOU POST A WATCH?
4/10/13
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Can a Marina Charge Less for the Same Slip - Are you Protected?
A marina renter is concerned that someone else pays less for the same size slip.  Do they have a legal grounds for receiving a reduced rate because of discrimination?  See YOUR RIGHTS.
4/10/13
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Lifeguards an Answer?
A near drowning on a Disney Cruise raises the question.  Are warning signs enough?  See DEBATE ON CHILD SAFETY
4/10/13
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EPA Releases New Standards
The Environmental Protection Agency has modified reporting requirements but strengthened anti-invasive species regulations.  See EPA.
4/05/13
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CARNIVAL TRIUMPH Takes Unscheduled Departure from Mooring
VIDEO taken of the Carnival Triumph as it is blown free of its mooring.  See ANOTHER EPISODE.
4/05/13
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Another Major Milestone for the COSTA CONCORDIA
The parbuckling project for the CONCORDIA continues.  This installment contains photos!  See PARBUCKLE.
4/05/13
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Remember the USS Guardian?
The US Navy has a few job openings.  The leadership team has been removed!  Impact on skipper, XO, assistant navigator and officer of the watch.  See ASHORE. 
4/05/13
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New Cruise Ship from Gaddafi Fleet
A new cruise ship was originally designed for Hannibal Gaddafi and included plans for 'sharks'.  See SALTWATER TANK.
3/31/13
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Final Goodbye to the Ex-USS Guardian
The final section of the grounded vessel, Guardian, was removed by contractors and the U.S. Navy from the Tubbataha Reef.  See DEPARTURE.
3/31/13
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Just in Time for the Race Season!
Can a protest committee determine fault in a collision?  Maybe this has never happened to you but then again, maybe you want to keep a copy.  See ATTORNEY.
3/31/13
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ORACLE on San Francisco Bay - VIDEO
Don't look at this if you can't stand sailboats traveling at 40 knots!  The foils provide a new burst of speed.  See ORACLE.
3/25/13
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Need a Break?  Best Pictures
Unless you are hanging in the tropics, you would probably like to take a look at some great pictures.  See SCENES TO REMEMBER.
3/22/13
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GAO Completes Study on Cost of Shipping under Jones Act
The Jones Act governs commerce between the mainland United States and Puerto Rico. See FOREIGN V. DOMESTIC SHIPPING.
3/22/13
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Saving Money in Transport
Oil for transport vessels is rising.  Here is a unique way to save money and arrive at your destination.  See HEY LOOK, NO ENGINES.
3/21/13
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GPS Converter
Have some GPS coordinates and wonder where they belong? Try this handy converter which can be read on Google maps.  See WHERE AM I?
3/15/13
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Where is that Carnival Cruise Ship?
Carnival is having a little issue.  It is hard to keep track of all of the problems. The study is still being written but we now know that there is no redundancy for some 'hotel' functions i.e. toilets and elevators.  See ADRIFT OR MOORED.  For an ongoing mariner forum on Carnival, see PLUGGED TOILETS.  Carnival is also being SUED.
3/15/13
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A Second Look at the Supreme Court Decision on House Boats
The Supreme Court weighed in on the issue of house boats.  The question focused on the definition of a vessel, but we have to take a second look.  A tow has no mechanical power but it is a vessel.  Did they tow the houseboat and was it a vessel?  See ATTORNEY.
3/14/13
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Maritime Monday
Don't miss your fix of great pictures and stories. This edition contains comments on WW II propaganda and films. See the latest MARITIME MONDAY.
3/14/13
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Nautical Fare
Absolutely best review of novels about the sea!  Take a look and start your reading.  See GREATEST BOOK REVIEW.
3/07/13
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Two Brokers ... Two Fees?
A person who wanted to sell a yacht contracted with two brokers.  The second broker told the first to back off! The first has an offer, who receives the commission.  See ASK THE ATTORNEY.
3/06/13
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They Should've Looked at the Pictures!
Five Somali 'gentlemen' mistook the USS Ashland for a merchant vessel.  According to testimony: "The attack was quickly "handled" by the heavily armed crew of the Ashland who then appprehended the suspects and sank the skiffs."  See WHO IS SORRY NOW?
3/02/13
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The Southern Saratoga Chamber and the Future of the Canal
Chamber President, Pete Bardunias, shares his thoughts on the canal in the era of high transportation costs and a green environment.  Pete has been a strong advocate for boating and establishing a maritime presence at the Chamber since his arrival.  Businesses would be smart to support his efforts and come 'on board'.  The Chamber will have a booth at the Canal Fest (May 11, 2013 - Waterford) and at the Capital Region Maritime Center in Alplaus on July 13, 2013 for the Gateway Canal Fest. See FUTURE OF CANAL.
3/01/13
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Captain Kevin Wins Schooner Wreckers Cup in Key West
Our partner, Kevin, piloted Red Heart (J 24) to first place overall in the Wreckers Cup on February 24, 2013. "The vessels sailed with balmy winds blowing out of the south at 7-8 knots and moderate seas. Racers were helped at the start with an ebbing tide. The crews had the delight of dolphins leaping in their bow wakes under sunny skies." (The Key West Citizen)  The field consisted of 34 entries from 8 classes including multihulls, schooners (America 2.0 and Jolly II Rover) and monohulls over 40 feet!
Yes, Kevin will be back to teach and share his expertise in our Captain Option2 course beginning on April 13!
2/28/13
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News of the Great Flush
A major catastrophe was reported by the Chivas Brothers of Dumbarton, Scotland. Thousands of litres are gone! See CATASTROPHE FOR SAILORS.
2/28/13
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Testimony Concludes: HMS Bounty
Eight days of testimony have concluded concerning the sinking of the HMS Bounty. The link provided with this note allows the reader to review all of the reports.  The message is one that should not be missed on anyone interested in responsibility for a vessel on the water.  See RESPONSIBILITY FOR LIVES
2/26/13
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'Special' Island in Key West Harbor
Argument over WHO owns 'Gilligan's Island' used by "pot-smokers, partiers, poets and picknikers" just a short sail from Schooner Wharf (NAV-ED's Captain Kevin's winter sail instructor base!). The feds rented it for SEAL training, guess they didn't know the title was clear! See WISTERIA.
2/25/13
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Perfumes, Spices and Medicines?
How much does a soccer ball-sized piece of ambergris fetch on the market?  See what the DOG FOUND.
2/25/13
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Perception vs. Reality (Jobs after Careers at Sea)
Study of life after mariner careers conducted by a UK-based recruitment company.  See the best careers and locations.  UK-STUDY
2/25/13
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Lyubov Orlova Sighting
The cast adrift cruise ship is working its way across the Atlantic Ocean.  See WHERE IS ORLOVA?
2/25/13
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Sins of Omission - HMS Bounty Hearings
The comments about the testimony during the HMS Bounty hearings are difficult to read because of the number of issues on the vessel heading into the storm.  The article inludes links to other days of testimony which are similar but instructive. The HMS Bounty was considered a 'moored attraction vessel'!  See TRAINING.
2/19/13
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What If I Have a Verbal Offer On My Boat?
I have a verbal offer on my boat but the 'buyer' decided to back down.  What legal recourse do I have?  See ATTORNEY.
2/19/13
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Googan's Guide to Operating a Vessel
A new word for us -- googan defined and a list of maritime 'formalities' that should be followed. Take a look at something which is pure fun. See GOOGAN.
2/11/13
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New Captain Option2 Course
NAV-ED Services Group of Ballston Lake, New York received approval to operate a new Captain course combining independent study with 4 eight hour class sessions.  The program is designed for individuals who want to complete the license sequence but have reduced time.  See NEW COURSE.
2/11/13
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$6,000 Penalty for Unlicensed Operation on Lake Champlain
The USCG announced a civil penalty for a charter boat 'Captain' on Lake Champlain who continued to operate without a license after multiple warnings.  See SHOULD'VE HAD A LICENSE.
2/11/13
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Cruise Ship Cut Loose
M/V Lyubov Orlova was under tow but is now abandoned east of Canada.  Salvage opportunities? See CRUISE TO NOWHERE.
2/07/13
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USS GUARDIAN: Report from Tubbataha Reef
The US Navy minesweeper which ran aground in the Philippines on January 17 will be 'hung up' for a little longer.  See AGROUND.
2/07/13
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Two Legal Articles: Disclose Fire Damage?/Captain Liable for Engine Damage?
Check and see what the lawyers say about disclosing fire damage when selling a vessel.  Then take a look at whether a Captain is liable for negligent engine damage when working the owner's vessel.  See DAMAGE.
2/07/13
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Too Damaged to Tow
The USS Guardian is still hard aground on the reef.  See PHOTOS.
1/26/13
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The 'Round the World' Winner!
The race is coming to a conclusion!  Winner expected tomorrow. Take a look at the tracking results.  See VENDEE GLOBE.
1/26/13
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What is the Gold-Headed Cane?
The latest winner of the Gold-Headed Cane is the Mississauga Express!  The award was awarded on January 3, 2013 in Montreal.  See WHY?
1/24/13
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Panama Canal Fees
The Panama Canal is undergoing a major reconstruction.  The Canal Authority is negotiating with participating parties concerning a new fee formula.  See FAIR FEE?
1/24/13
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USCG Rescue Response
The USCG responded to an EPIRB from the research vessel, Seaprobe.  Rescue was coordinated between two stations and resulted in 'rescue swimmers' in the water!  See RESCUE.
1/24/13
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Update on Seastreak Wall Street
Questions were immediately raised when the passenger vessel came to a quick stop with resulting injuries.  What was the cause for the allision ... propulsion machinery or underwater obstruction? See REPORT.
1/24/13
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Minesweeper Update(s)
The USS Guardian is hard aground with the crew evacuated.  Take a look at the reef.  See USS GUARDIAN.    See TODAY'S STORY.
1/18/13
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Updated Mariner Credentialing Program (MCP) Forms
The application, medical evaluation, evaluation of fitness for entry level ratings, small vessel sea service and periodic drug testing forms have been updated.  Submissions after April 30, 2013 must be made using the revised forms.  See UPDATED FORMS.
1/18/13
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What can I do with a 50 ton license and a sail endorsement?
Recent announcement (yesterday!) .... looking for a 50 ton Master with sail endorsement.  Attention NAV-ED graduates who want a summer gig in the sailing capital of the NorthEast!  See LOOKING FOR A CAPTAIN.
01/17/13
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Supreme Court Decision on Florida Houseboat
This week the Supreme Court decided a case involving a Florida houseboat.  Is it a vessel and thus subject to maritime law or is is a house rental?  Interesting if you intend to live on a houseboat or if you like to follow Supreme Court decisions.  See SUPREME HOUSEBOAT.
01/17/13
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Two Groundings - US NAVY and Finnish Passenger Vessel
A NAVY minesweeper hit a reef!  The Finnish Captain was 'indisposed' during his adventure.  See NAVY and LOCKED IN.
01/17/13
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Mystery of Cuban Raft
An empty raft came ashore.  Questions were raised about the passengers but the mystery was apparently solved! See CUBAN RAFT.
01/13/13
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Latest USCG VIDEOS
Enjoy a night at the movies .... See USCG VIDEOS.
01/13/13
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Miami Herald Update on the Costa CONCORDIA
Comments on the memorial for the CONCORDIA.  See MIAMI HERALD.
01/13/13
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Anniversary Update on Costa CONCORDIA
The recovery is slower than projected.  Take a look at the latest pictures and update on the project.  See CONCORDIA.
01/13/13
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Update on Shell Drilling Rig
The Kulluk is aground on Sitkelidak Island.  Why did Shell decide to move the rig when they did? See DECEMBER MOVE.
01/06/13
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Captain is Attacked!
The life of a Mississippi River towboat Captain turned a little to the dark side when he was attacked by one of his crew!  He was rescued but the motive for the assault is unclear. See TOW ATTACK.
01/06/13
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The Headline: "Idiots Launch Fast Rescue Craft" (VIDEO)
There was a short debate about the number of safety violations.  The bigger question remains ... did they ever pick up the two crew in the water?  See LAUNCH.
01/06/13
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Fish Story ... $? million for Single Bluefin Tuna
How many sushi can you carve from a 489 pound tuna?  The auction results are in ... See the TUNA RESULTS.
01/06/13
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Take a look at the photos which garnered the most votes!
gCaptain surveyed and found the following INCIDENT photos.  Of course, the CONCORDIA made the cut but so did nine other maritime incidents.  See PHOTOS.
12/30/12
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Wrap up the year with the 10 BEST VIDEOS
gCaptain provides the best of the best for your review!  This batch includes the HMS Bounty, the vessel drawing water off of Ft. Lauderdale and the CONCORDIA! See VIDEOS.
12/30/12
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Apple Founder's Yacht
Steve Jobs had commissioned a yacht prior to his death.  The superyacht was impounded in Amsterdam because of failure to pay bills! Take a look at the size and design. See YACHT.
12/30/12
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What about purchasing a boat without a clear title?
Interesting discussion on tracking ownership when the owner is deceased.  It appears extremely complex but YOU should take a look.  See ASK AN ATTORNEY.
12/30/12
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DOT OFFICE OF DRUG AND ALCOHOL POLICY AND COMPLIANCE NOTICE (RECREATIONAL AND MEDICAL MARIJUANA USE)
On December 3, 2012, the Department of Transportation (DOT) issued a compliance notice regarding the state-passed initiatives for marijuana usage and its regulation concerning the use of Schedule I drugs by safety-sensitive transportation workers. DOT writes: "It remains unacceptable for any safety-sensitive employee subject to drug testing under the Department of Transportation's drug testing regulations to use marijuana."  See COMPLIANCE NOTICE.
12/17/12
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Singlehanded Racing and Ice Sightings
The Vendee Globe race has entered its 37th day.  The boats are receiving the latest on potential ice in their path.  See ICE SIGHTINGS.
12/16/12
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Royal National Lifeboat (VIDEO)
The Royal National Lifeboat Institution provides a video of their rescues.  The video will make you want to return to the water.  See LIFEBOATS IN ACTION.
12/16/12
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ALLISION!
What do you call it when a sistership of the COSTA Concordia hits the pier?  See COSTA MISHAP.
12/16/12
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Liveaboard and Marina Rights
You signed a lease and now the marina closes.  What rights do you have? Do you have protection similar to that of an apartment dweller?  See ASK AN ATTORNEY.
12/16/12
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PWC Record
Last week, we featured a story about a sailboat speed record.  Not to be left behind (pun intended!), we highlight a personal watercraft record.  See PWC SPEED.
11/30/12
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What Some People Do to Get Off of Work! ($450 million in damages)
Sometimes, we really think we need a day off!  Sometimes, we need to get a hold of ourselves!  This gentleman 'kinda' forgot he was on a nuclear submarine but expects to have 20 years to think about it!  See NO MORE TIME OFF FOR AWHILE.
11/30/12
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SUPERSTORM Sandy: Pleasureboat Damage Reports
The number of vessels (on the pleasureboat side) that sustained damage as a result of the SUPERSTORM is still being tallied.  You may be surprised at the count to November 14!  See SANDY DAMAGE.
11/30/12
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U.S. Watercraft Thefts and Recoveries (2011)
This report reviews data for multiple types of watercraft and matches by State.  The data suggest lower theft rates but also indicate that recovery rates have also dropped.  Which is the most-often stolen vessel and what is the liklihood that it will be recovered?  See NATIONAL INSURANCE CRIME BUREAU.
11/27/12
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Quadski?
Here is the newest lake toy.  This vehicle is half quad and half personal watercraft.  It is fun but there is great possibilities for emergency responders.  See QUADSKI.
11/27/12
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Google Under the Sea
Take a look at a few locations under the sea.  Hawaii, the Great Barrier Reef and the Philippines to name a few.  See GOOGLE OCEAN.
11/27/12
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Nautical Mile Record Shattered (VIDEO)
The Vestas Sailrocket 2 averaged 59.38 knots with a top speed of 64.78 knots.  Take a look at the sailboat, you will not believe it possible!  See SAILROCKET.
11/25/12
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The Island is Not There!
The island has been on charts in the Pacific for years.  A team went to find it and it was gone!  What does this say for nautical charts?  Interesting comment in the article refers to 'phantom' streets on land maps to deter copyright violations.  See MISSING ISLAND.
11/25/12
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Where Can a Canoe Paddle?
There is a current lawsuit to determine if certain streams in the Adirondacks are open to canoeists even if the streams cut through private property.  When is a stream considered open to the public?  Is recreational use sufficient to classify the stream as navigable waters?   See NAVIGABLE STREAMS
11/17/12
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This Tall Ship Cannot Leave Port
The Argentine Tall Ship ARA Libertad is being held in port in Ghana until the Argentinians post a $20 million bond.  The country of Argentina has a few outstanding obligations to satisfy some of the creditors who were not willing to accept 33 cents on the dollar.  See LIBERTAD.
11/15/12
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What are the Ocean-going Sailors Saying About the HMS Bounty?
The ocean-going community is engaged in an active 'forum' of comments concerning the actions of the master of the HMS Bounty.  Take a look to see what his peers believe of his conduct and decision to leave port.  See FORUM.
11/14/12
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Ok, Ok, the Vendee Globe Race is Underway, But You Have to Look at the Skipper Reports ....
The skippers from the Vendee Globe single-handed, non-stop round the world race send a daily comment on their progress.  One of the skippers has already hit another boat and is returning to the starting line.  Others are describing conditions that make you realize this is not 'lake' sailing. See VENDEE GLOBE.
11/14/12
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High Price of Fuel For Ocean Transport?  Why Not Turn to Sailpower?
How large can a vessel be to be able to benefit from sailpower.  This article provides a great discussion of how to save money on marine transport while abiding by fuel emission standards. See SAIL.
11/14/12
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Engineer's Delight: A Website Devoted to Raising the COSTA CONCORDIA
This is the website of preference for engineer's and others who are facinated by plans and construction.  PARBUCKLING is the term.  Want to know more .... see RAISING THE CONCORDIA.
11/14/12
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An Overview on the HMS Bounty History and Tragedy
This source contains a lot of background information with video and photo included.  Includes links to many other sources and articles.  A resource which is worth reviewing.  See HMS BOUNTY.
11/11/12
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Round the World
This week signaled the beginning of the Vendee Globe which challenges 20 skippers as they solo sailboats around the world.  Keep in contact with the race and events.  See VENDEE GLOBE.
11/11/12
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Sea Experience (IMPORTANT for License Candidates)
An applicant asked whether there was a chance of applying commercial experience toward the OUPV requirement even though s/he didn't have a license.  The answer is interesting because it rests on the fact that the deckhand position on vessels less than 100 tons is not licensed!  The document also discusses the Captain's responsibility for training crew. See USCG DECISION.
11/11/12
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Which Insurance Estimate Prevails?
Here is the scenario, two vessels collide and the second vessel accepts responsibility.  The first Captain has an estimate but the second insurance company disputes the figures!  How does this work out? See ASK THE ATTORNEY.
11/11/12
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What About Putting Your License Into Continuity?
License holders who are either unable (medical or other reasons) or unwilling (delayed in beginning a charter company, etc.) may want to consider asking for a document of continuity.  See NATIONAL MARTIME CENTER.
11/11/12
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Jobs, Jobs and More Jobs
Employment as a Captain or crew should be a concern of everyone seeking a license.  If anything, scanning the classifieds provides the job seeker with a knowledge of the market and the possibilities.  Our search has uncovered a site which provides worldwide opportunities in various job titles including moving construction workers to sites, working in Disney and crewing on 100+ meter yachts.  The site adds and deletes job listings on a daily basis.  See MARITIME OPPORTUNITIES.
11/02/12
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Secretary of Homeland Security Waives Jones Act for Foreign-Flagged Vessels Responding to Fuel Crisis on East Coast
Secretary Janet Napolitano issued a Jones Act waiver for foreign-flagged vessels from the Gulf of Mexico to respond to the fuel crisis on the East Coast.  See JONES ACT WAIVER.  The action was supported by the American Maritime Partnership which represents Jones Act vessels.  The Partnership responded to the Secretary's action in correspondence to President Obama.  See AMERICAN MARITIME PARTNERSHIP.
11/02/12
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U.S. Navy Carrier Movement in Response to Sandy
There were conflicting reports on the movement of 3 carriers toward New York.  The initial report indicated they would be used as platforms for the helicopters which were conducting rescue and support missions in the New York City area.  A subsequent report indicated that they would have a different mission.  See CARRIER SUPPORT.
11/02/12
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HMS Bounty - Formal Investigation Announced
One of the tragic stories coming from Hurricane Sandy is the sinking of the HMS Bounty and the loss of life. The USCG formally announced the beginning of an investigation to determine the cause of the sinking.  Among other issues, the investigation will determine whether the USCG or other agencies were at fault. See HMS BOUNTY.
11/02/12
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Can You Really Arrest a Catamaran in the America's Cup?
One of the competitor (French) vessels slipped her mooring one night during the recent Cup preliminaries in San Francisco Bay.  The catamaran was discovered and towed to its slip by a Boston Whaler!  The 'Good Samaritan' wants $200,000 for his troubles.  How are charges determined in these cases and what about the arrest?  See ASK THE ATTORNEY.
11/02/12
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HURRICANE SANDY
Current predictions indicate the probability of a major storm impacting on our area during early next week. NAV-ED thought that we would provide website addresses for sites which could provide data on storm preparations as well as the path of the storm.  The prediction sites can be modified for other locations.
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I. New York State Emergency Preparedness
Latest updates from the New York State government regarding the status of preparations for the upcoming storm.  See NYS Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services.
10/26/12
II. General Weather Predictions
No one knows the weather for next week, yet.  However, as the time approaches, the predictions become more certain. We have added two sources for readers to access for information on the weather predictions for HURRICANE SANDY.  See The National Weather Service or The Weather Channel.
10/26/12
III. Wind Predictions
Wind is an important feature in storms.  Keep in touch with the latest predictions.  Set your own site!  See Windfinder.
10/26/12
IV.  Florida Storm Photos
10/21/12
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What LEGAL Recourse if You Received a Shoddy Used Boat Survey?
You wanted to buy a used boat that you heard about but didn't have the time to see her in person. So ... you hired a surveyor, received the report, bought the boat and now see many obvious issues.  What to do?  See NOT SO GREAT USED BOAT.
10/21/12
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NOAA's Guides - Digital!
The entire United States Coast Pilots are available for downloading from the internet.  The pilots provide navigational information for the country's waterways.  Take a look ... NOAA.
10/21/12
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Prosecutors Say Schettino Didn't Do It!
Captain Schettino's recount of his activities are questioned by the prosecutors.  There is a difference of opinion concerning who was ultimately in charge!  See INTERVENTION.
10/21/12
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Captain Schettino Has a Request
Captain Schettino formerly of the COSTA Concordia has sued.  He believes that he deserves his job back while still under house arrest!  The Captain explains how his actions saved lives. See SCHETTINO'S WORDS.
10/10/12
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Electric Shock Drowning
We have all probably heard of the dangers of swimming off of marina docks.  BoatUS provides a rather frightening view of the issue while providing some solutions.  This is a MUST read for freshwater boaters who love to swim off of their marina's dock after a day on the water.  See ELECTRIC SHOCK DROWNING.
10/10/12
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When is a vessel, a vessel?
The U.S. Supreme Court has accepted a case which will define vessels.  The argument is from Florida and in no surprise involves a houseboat!  See SUPREMES AND THE HOUSEBOAT.
10/10/12
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America's Cup
The America's Cup is working it's way through the preliminaries.  The difference is in the boats. Take a look at the boats, the schedule, and the action by monitoring the home of America's Cup action.  See AMERICA'S CUP.
10/10/12
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NAV-ED PREVIOUS CITATION CHOICES
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Close to Home --- Lois McClure
NAV-ED is located within a few short miles of the barge canal.  Although we climbed aboard the canal schooner, Lois McClure, a few years ago when it was berthed in Waterford, New York, we joined a guided tour on September 25, 2012!  The McClure was visiting Halfmoon, New York after a season of more than 100 days.  Congrats to the crew for their work and for the time they shared with their visitors. See LAKE CHAMPLAIN MARITIME MUSEUM.
09/26/12
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What Has Been Changed on Cruise Ships Since the COSTA Concordia?
As would be expected, the COSTA Concordia raised some questions about passenger safety. Here is the latest article on the changes which have been implemented.  See CRUISE.
09/24/12
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Can My Boat Host Dockside Catered Meetings with NO Captain Aboard?
This question opens a new area for licensed Captains.  Check out the logic and the regulations which control in this issue.  Is the boat underway?  Does it really matter?  You have to read this! See ASK THE ATTORNEY(Remember that there might be a $35,000 fine in YOUR future, if you don't have the appropriate license. That is an expensive party!)
09/13/12
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How Does A Captain Sue a Partner for Injuries While He Was at the Helm?
The scenario is that the Captain has 1/2 interest in the commercial vessel.  He was in command when injured and would like to sue his partner.  See ASK THE ATTORNEY.
09/13/12
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Captain Schettino of the Costa Concordia Speaks
We remember the Costa Concordia when it ran aground in January, 2012.  The Captain has a slightly nuanced view of the accident.  See Captain Schettino.
09/13/12
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But .... my boat sank twice in your boatyard!
How many times do boaters question repairs.  This boater had repairs completed on his boat and it sank twice! Check out the attorney's response.  See ASK THE ATTORNEY.
08/24/12
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Licensed Captain Responsibility
The USCG reiterated its requirement that Masters of UPV's (Uninspected Passenger Vessels) in passenger for hire situations are responsible in ensuring that the vessel meets federal laws and regulations.  See USCG Office of Auxiliary and Boating Safety.
08/24/12
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Civil Penalties
The USCG provided information concerning the civil penalties which may be assessed for mariner violations. A penalty of $35,000 may be levied for unlicensed operation of a vessel for hire.  Penalties are also listed for not being able to produce a license to a USCG boarding officer as well for failure to hire licensed individuals.  See USCG Information
08/10/12
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ASK THE ATTORNEY - Wake Damage
One of the earliest lessons we learn about boating is that the captain is responsible for damage caused by his/her vessel.  But .... how do we prove whose damage? ASK THE ATTORNEY
08/01/12
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ASK THE ATTORNEY - He took my boat!
An interesting story about failure to pay a tow boat service ... a stolen boat ... and your rights. ASK THE ATTORNEY
08/01/12
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22 Nation Naval Manuever (RIMPAC)
Beautiful photos of naval vessels in formation during the Rim Of the Pacific (RIMPAC) exercises off of Hawaii.  See RIMPAC.
08/01/12
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Avoiding Collisions with Kayaks
A paper: "Visibility Factors in Small Boat Collisions" was presented at the 2012 International Marine Forensics Symposium.  They reported that "Seventy-five percent of the powerboat operators first reported seeing "paddle flash" when they saw the boat."  The authors concluded their paper with a series of recommendations.
07/04/12
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TWIC UPDATES
In the recent past there have been various updates on the use and applicability of the TWIC.  This latest announcement provides fee and renewal options.  See TWIC UPDATE
06/21/12
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NAV-ED Begins 'On the Water' Series
NAV-ED Services Group is writing a weekly series, 'On the Water', published in the Sacandaga Express on the Great Sacandaga Lake.  The intial articles focus on boater safety and provide a basis for boaters who will be taking the FREE NYS Boater Safety courses offered by NAV-ED around the lake during the summer.  See SACANDAGA EXPRESS.
06/05/12
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Do You Fish?
Read the latest New York State health advisory statement on fish before you have your next meal!  The listing includes type of fish and catch location.  See ENJOY YOUR FISH DINNER.  
06/05/12
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Queen's Flotilla on the Thames - PHOTOS
The BBC assembled what has to be the greatest collection of pictures you will ever see.  Our favorite is the one with the crew in yellow jackets!  You will probably recognize vessels which you have seen while you were on the water!  See PHOTOS.
06/05/12
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Miami Boat Surveyor in Hot Water
A Miami boat surveyor made a few bad choices which may land him in jail!  It appeared that he didn't expect too much scrutiny for his reports.  We are not talking small boats.  Check SURVEYOR. 
05/30/12
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Thinking of Joint Boat Ownership?
What are some of the reasons to have an attorney assist and what are some of the often-overlooked issues?  Shall we form an LLC or should we not?  What about shared use and maintenance costs?  See ASK AN ATTORNEY.
05/30/12
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USCG Recall and Defect Database
The best way to find out if you happen to be wrestling with a recall or a defect is to check the database!  How long could it take?  Tell everyone about the USCG Boating Safety Resource Center.
05/21/12
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Right Whale Tracking App
If you have an iPad/iPhone read for the latest wayto keep track of the right whale migration on the U.S. east coast with a simple app.  Stay your distance!  Take a look at Right Whales.
05/21/12
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Charter Essentials
What are the list of items to be considered prior to launching your charter business on federal waters?  We all know a license is necessary but what kind?  Are we talking Captain or should we try for a Master?  What are the advantages of each?  What about insurance and how about another Captain for overnight trips?  See CHARTER ESSENTIALS.
05/15/12
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Ready for the Summer - Weatherwise?
There is nothing more important than an accurate wind and weathere forecast.  You owe it to your self to keep track of the conditions.  If you don't have a favorite by now ... try WINDFINDER or WUNDERGROUND.  Select your favorite location(s) and stay with the sites that work!
05/15/12
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NMC AUTOMATED APPLICATION STATUS NOTIFICATION
The USCG National Maritime Center provides a great number of services through their website.  The NMC maintains contact with the mariner beginning in the application process through mariner document renewal. Take a look at the APPLICATION STATUS TOOL.
04/28/12
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CAN A DMV-REGISTERED CANADIAN VESSEL BE USED AS A SIX-PACK CHARTER?
An interesting question was raised by a boater in California who purchased a vessel originally documented in Canada.  He wanted to use the boat for a Six-Pack Charter and wondered if the federal requirement for 'built in the USA' was a factor.  The response from the attorney is interesting because it covers the entire range of ownership/documentation issues for commercial ventures and concludes with a caution!  See ASK THE ATTORNEY.
04/28/12
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NOAA Ocean Floor Viewer
NAV-ED has a few engineer alumni and others who revel in technology.  NOAA has released a new viewer for the ocean floor which provides a series of overlays and screens worthy of note.  The challenge is there.  Take a look at NOAA Article.
04/22/12
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What Does a Lawyer Say About Unapproved Mechanic Charges?
Have you ever asked a mechanic to check your boat with the intention of receiving an estimate of charges? Has the mechanic completed the work before you could receive a second estimate?  Take a look at ASK A MARITIME ATTORNEY.
03/16/12
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OUPV Checklist
It probably is not a good idea to begin a course of instruction if you don't have a list of the eligibility requirements!  We have provided a tab (#5) above as a reference for the information. NAV-ED will also provide assistance in interpreting the requirements, if needed.  Good luck on your mariner education.
03/15/12
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iPhone Apps for the Mariner
iPhones are everywhere! We thought we would return the favor by sharing an article with some of the iPhone Apps of interest to boaters and 'iPhoners'. iPhone Apps
03/07/12
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iPad Charting Apps
The serious mariner better take a look at these ocean-going apps.  Never know when they might come in handy. iPad Charting Apps
03/07/12
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NY-ALERT Provides Notifications (Email, Pager, Telephone, Fax)
Mariners may subscribe to the New York State emergency notification system to receive incident specific emergency messages.  Individuals can learn more about the sytem and the enrollment process by checking: NY-ALERT
02/24/12
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Frequently Asked Questions: Rules of the Road
Questions about the rights of kayaks and canoes on the waters in the Northeast are not rhetorical.  Is there an overriding rule in both federal and state statutes that address this issue? The Navigation Center responds directly to this question in their FAQ.
02/05/12
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Check on a Vessel's Safety Record
It is fairly easy to check on a cruise ship or other vessel's safety record by accessing the United States Coast Guard Maritime Information Exchange and selecting Incident Investigation Reports.  At that point, enter the name of the vessel and its parent company.  For general overview of reports, select the vessel type from the drop down menu.
01/28/12
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USCG Issues NEW TWIC Policy
The USCG issued CG-543 Policy Letter No. 11-15 on December 19, 2011 with new policy on the requirement for a TWIC for certain mariners during the initial application and renewal phases.  The text is available at NEW TWIC Policy.
12/28/11
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Transportation Security Admininstration (TSA)
The TSA administers the TWIC as well as other mariner programs.  Information is available on their SITE.
12/08/11
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