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Coast Guard Establishes Mariner Website

The Coast Guard launched a website to provide merchant mariners with real-time information on the status of pending mariner credential applications. Merchant mariners can check the status of application packages throughout the verification and approval process by logging onto http://homeport.uscg.mil/, clicking on the Merchant Mariners tab and then clicking on Merchant Mariner Application Status. When application information is entered, Homeport will display the information submitted with the application package and current application status information. Mariner credentials that have already been issued will be displayed in Homeport as "issued" for a 120 day period. Mariners who need additional information after visiting the website can request additional information by telephone or email.


USCG Eases TWIC Requirements

The Coast Guard announced the publication of a policy letter that exempts a number of mariners from the requirement to obtain a Transportation Worker Identification Credential when renewing or obtaining a Coast Guard-issued merchant mariner credential. The policy letter provides immediate relief for mariners who otherwise would need to obtain a TWIC to get or renew their Merchant Mariner Credential. The policy letter also provides the Coast Guard with an expedient means to comply with a


Noble Drilling Reaches Agreement

Noble Drilling Corporation has negotiated a resolution to the dispute with Mariner Energy, Inc. regarding the use by Mariner of Noble's newly converted semisubmersible, Noble Homer Ferrington. As announced on January 10, 2000, Noble had previously filed suit against Mariner and Samedan Oil Corporation for breach of contract regarding the use of the rig. As part of the settlement, Mariner and Noble have executed agreements covering use of Noble Homer Ferrington at variable dayrates for 660


A New Floating Chapel: SCI’s CHAPLAINSBLOG

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In the early nineteenth century, the Seamen’s Church Institute (SCI) lodged its mission to seafarers in a floating chapel in the waters of the Port of New York. SCI prioritized “mobile” spiritual care, meeting mariners where their work brought them. Today, SCI chaplains remain just as agile, climbing gangways and riding tender vessels to reach mariners on board busy ships. This month, however, SCI steps up its mobility to bring chaplains’ messages wherever there is an


CG Participates in Merchant Mariner's Memorial

(U.S. Coast Guard photos/PA3 Barbara L. Patton)

The Reverend Jacques Girard and Megan Sanders of the Seamen's Church Institute deliver an invocation of prayer while Coast Guard Sector New York's color guard maintain a silent vigil during a wreath-laying ceremony at the Mariner's Memorial in Battery Park, N.Y., honoring mariners who have perished at sea on Mariner's Day May 19, 2009. The Seamens Church Institute of New York and New Jersey, founded in 1834, is affiliated with the Episcopal Church


Merchant Mariner Sentenced

Joseph A. Boevink (51) of Panama City, Fla., was sentenced by United States District Judge Thomas S. Zilly in Seattle to two months in custody, followed by up to 60 days in a halfway house, and two years of supervised release, for falsely claiming that he had never been convicted of a criminal offense on an application for Merchant Mariner license submitted to the U.S. Coast Guard in Seattle in January 2001. The U.S


USCG Remote Customer Assistance Office in Denver

The US Coast Guard said that it opened a Remote Customer Assistance Office in Denver to reduce time and travel costs for mariners in the area. The office will be open on the second and fourth Thursday of each month to assist mariners with obtaining new or renewed merchant mariner credentials. Source: HK Law


China Homeport for RCI Cruise Ship

Mariner of the Seas: Image courtesy of Royal Caribbean International

The largest cruise liner in Asia, 'Mariner of the Seas' docks in new homeport, the Wusongkou International Cruise Terminal in Baoshan District, Shangai. After two months of renovation costing US$20 million, the Mariner of the Seas sailed in April from the United States to Shanghai., informs Shanghai Daily. From June to October, Mariner of the Seas and other cruise ships will  set sail from Wusongkou International Cruise Terminal, with South Korea as the main destination.


USCG to Issue Tamper-Resistant Merchant Mariner Licenses

The U.S. Coast Guard issued a stating that the agency will immediately begin issuing new merchant mariner license certificates with anti-counterfeiting technology to provide for better security and centralized record keeping. The new licenses will be used to replace the old ones as they expire. At the same time, mariners who have not begun the process of requesting new or upgraded USCG licenses required by STCW may face delays.


USCG – Certificate of Discharge to US Merchant Mariners

The US Coast Guard proposes to change the Certificate of Discharge to Merchant Mariners from a booklet format using carbon copies to one that can be downloaded from the Internet. The new version would still require signatures of the vessel master and the discharged mariner. Its availability on the Internet, though, would alleviate availability issues. Comments on this effort to bring the process into the 21st Century should be submitted by January 16, 2007.


Northrop Grumman Enhances VMFT Software

AIO-compatible ECDIS shown in operation off the coast of New Zealand (Image courtesy of Northrop Grumman)

Northrop Grumman Corporation announced that its latest VisionMaster FT (VMFT) software now includes ADMIRALTY Information Overlay (AIO) as an integral element of its Electronic Chart Display and Information System (ECDIS) based navigation system making additional chart information available to


Emergency Beacon, Preparedness Save Mariner Off Diamond Head

Emergency Beacon

The Coast Guard rescued a man in a life raft after his sailboat sank approximately seven miles south of Diamond Head, Tuesday. Watchstanders at the Coast Guard Sector Honolulu command center overheard a brief mayday call over VHF channel 16 at 7:43 p.m., with no additional information.


Mariners Urged to Brace for Heavy Weather

Hurricane Iselle (Image: NOAA)

The U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) is urging the public to prepare for the onset of heavy weather expected to impact the Hawaiian Islands Thursday. The effects of Hurricane Iselle and Tropical Storm Julio are expected to generate extreme sea conditions


AWO Praises Simplification of TWIC Process

Tom Allegretti, AWO President & CEO

Last week, the Transportation Security Administration began nationwide implementation of a program that reforms the burdensome process by which mariners and other transportation workers receive required Transportation Worker Identification Credentials (TWIC)


Mariner Group Wins GSN Award

The Mariner Group announced it has been recognized again by Government Security News (GSN) as the Most Notable Seaport Security Solution in this year’s Airport, Seaport, & Border Security Awards Program. The awards program covers security initiatives completed within the past 12 months


Ailing Mariner Medevaced near Alaska

The U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) medevaced an ailing 69-year-old man from the 50-foot fishing vessel Sierra Seas near Village Islands off Kodiak, Sunday. An Air Station Kodiak MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew landed on a nearby beach where the mariner and his wife were picked up for transport to


Braemar SA Expands Offshore Technical Services

Braemar SA has recently expanded technical services to the offshore oil and gas industry with the addition of OCIMF certified OVID inspectors/master mariners. OVID is the OCIMF administered program and industry standard for monitoring the suitability and maintenance of vessels working in the


Upcoming Maritime Recruitment Fair at CMTI

Maritime Studyies Lecture: Image courtesy of CMTI

Chesapeake Marine Training Institute (CMTI) says that Norfolk Tug will be among the maritime companies recruiting new talent at its professional mariner job fair August 13, 2014, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the CMTI campus in Hayes, Va. CMTI adds that Vane Brothers will also be on hand


Mississippi River Reopened Near St. Louis

The U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) reopened the Upper Mississippi River near St. Louis to recreational vessel traffic, Monday, the USCG said today in a press announcement. The USCG closed the river to all recreational traffic on Friday between Lock and Dam 27 in Granite City


SMART Institute Conference Focuses on Skilled Professionals

Colton Hendrick & Blake Snapp are back preparing for their next journey out on the waters as new maritime interns with Higman Marine Services

  After 20 days offshore, Colton Hendrick and Blake Snapp are back on land, preparing for their next journey out on the water as new maritime interns with Higman Marine Services. And they love it. "It can be tough work at times, but the beauty is seeing the sun rise and set each day


MARAD, SOCP Launch Cyber Security Training DVD

The Maritime Administration (MARAD) announced today the availability of a free, computer-based training course (CBT) on cyber-threats in the maritime environment. The DVD aims to assist vessel owners and operators, merchant marine unions, maritime academies and other maritime organizations with


USCG Sets Port Status Whiskey for Tropical Storm Arthur

Source: NOAA

The U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) Sector North Carolina port Captain has set the Port Condition Whiskey for all navigable waterways in North Carolina in preparation for the anticipated weather impact of tropical storm Arthur. Port Status Whiskey is normally set when gale force winds from a hurricane


Statoil Awards Mariner Contracts to UK Suppliers

Gunnar Breivik, managing director, Statoil Production (U.K.) Limited

  Statoil (U.K.) Limited has awarded the maintenance and modification services contract for the Mariner field to Aker Solutions UK.  The offshore services contract has been awarded to Stork Technical Services Limited, also based in the UK.


UK Suppliers Win Statoil Contracts

Gunnar Breivik, managing director, Statoil Production (U.K.) Limited (Credit Statoil)

Statoil (UK) Limited has awarded Aker Solutions UK with the maintenance and modification services contract for the Mariner field.  Likewise, the offshore services contract was awarded to Stork Technical Services Limited (UK). Aker Solutions will perform the services for the Mariner field


Upcoming Chesapeake MTI Professional Mariner Job Fair

Chesapeake Marine Training Institute (Chesapeake MTI) says it will host a professional mariner job fair August 13, 2014, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at its campus in Hayes, Va. Among the mariners the companies are seeking include wheelhouse tug operators, engineers, and tankermen.






 
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