Merchant Marine Veterans Oral History Project

August 25, 2014

Thanks to the efforts of the Seamen’s Church Institute, we now have an “insider’s” look at what life was like for merchant mariners in the 1950′s, 1960′s, 1970′s and 1980′s. The institute’s American Merchant Marine Veteran’s Oral History Project shares the stories and adventures of merchant mariners during their careers sailing around the world. The […]

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We Bought A Boat!

August 16, 2014

“The two happiest days of your life are the day you buy a boat and the day you sell it!” – Anonymous If you’re familiar with boats at all you’ve probably heard that owning a boat is like having a big hole in the water that you throw your money into, or maybe the one […]

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Nulclear Ship Savannah Documentary

September 30, 2012

Once Upon A Nuclear Ship… Launched Finally New film chronicles the life death and resurrection of historic ship Once Upon A Nuclear Ship, a new documentary by filmmaker Thomas Michael Conner, tells the story of the NS Savannah the world’s first nuclear powered merchant ship that was once the diamond in the crown of the […]

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Be a Safety Freak!

December 14, 2011

I’m passionate about safety on board ships and in other industrial environments!  With this spirit in mind, I’m writing today to talk about taking safety to the “next level” and what exactly that “next level” looks like. To do this I’m going to share a quick story on what it means to be a “safety freak”… A […]

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Increased Safety Measures and Performance Are Not Counter Productive

November 9, 2011

I’ve written a few articles on ship safety over the last year, not just on this site, but on gCaptain and in a “soon to be announced” leading professional maritime magazine (I’m sure the anticipation is killing you). I believe there is a misconception in the maritime industry (or any industrial environment for that matter) […]

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Tidal Energy News: Massachusetts Maritime Academy Helps Test Hydrokinetic Turbine

August 7, 2011

Massachusetts Maritime Academy has been tapped to help test a new hydrokinetic turbine that will harness water currents for electricity production. Already host to a wind turbine, solar panels and other alternative energy projects, the the academy is seeking to explore “The one area where we have not taken advantage of our location … the […]

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Maine Maritime Academy’s Historic Schooner “Bowdoin” Turns 90

August 7, 2011

Castine, ME – Maine Maritime Academy’s Bowdoin has had a long and illustrious career, and in her 90th year afloat serves as MMA’s traditional sail-training flagship. The vessel was designed by Hand and launched in 1921 at the Hodgdon Brothers Shipyard in East Boothbay, Maine. The schooner sailed on 25 scientific expeditions to the Arctic […]

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Step by Step Guide for Renewing Your Merchant Mariner Credentials (license, MMD, STCW-95)

July 8, 2011

By now, most professional mariners are familiar with the US Coast Guard’s new “passport style” credential that consolidates the previous issuance of a paper license (licensed officers), STCW-95 certificate, and merchant mariner document (MMD or Z-Card) issued to American Merchant Marines. The challenge for most mariners looking to renew their license and associated documents has […]

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Coast Guard Rescinds “Formal” Training Classes Requirement for Hawsepipers

July 1, 2011

Yes folks you heard it here first! According to Coast Guard Policy Letter 11-07 dated July 1, 2011, most “formal” classes required for “hawsepiper” applications for third mate licenses (3rd Mate) are no longer required. Talk about dropping a bomb right before the holiday weekend! Once called “the end of hawsepipers as we know it”, strict […]

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USCG Introduces “Risk Based Targeting” of Foreign Flagged Mobile Offshore Drilling Units (MODUs)

June 30, 2011

Taking a cue from the commercial maritime industry’s use of ship vetting services, the United States Coast Guard has recently introduced a plan to use “risk based targeting” to determine the frequency and scope of inspecting foreign flagged oil rigs (MODUs) operating in US waters (primarily in the US Gulf of Mexico). Recognizing that some […]

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