USCG issues request for comments on recognition of foreign STCW certificates

As it was pointed out in the gCaptain forum, the U.S. Coast Guard has published a notice and request for comments on development of a policy for recognition of foreign STCW certificates.  The summary provided in the notice explains: Regulation I/10 of the International Convention on Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping for Seafarers, 1978, as amended, (STCW) … [Read more...]

DOT Issues New Drug Testing Requirements

As many of you may already be aware, on August 16th the Department of Transportation issued a final rule amending certain provisions of its drug testing procedures that, once in effect on October 1, 2010, will affect anyone in a random drug testing program mandated by the US Coast Guard. has more information on the changes you should be aware of: The new … [Read more...]

USCG launches Merchant Mariner Certificate printing service

Ask and you shall recieve!  As reported earlier, the USCG has been working on a service allowing mariners to download a traditional 8x11 paper license that is suitable for printing and framing.  Well now it's here!  U.S. Licensed Merchant Mariners can now go to the USCG Homeport website to download their very own paper license, just like we used to do in the old days (circa May … [Read more...]

Finally! Merchant Mariner Certificates Suitable for Framing

Return those scanners and Photoshop for Dumbies books everyone, the USCG set to release a printable, frameable and traditional MMC! After what we're sure was the result of numerous requests and complaints from U.S. mariners and much consideration from the powers that be, the USCG is working on finalizing the development of a Merchant Mariner Certificate that is downloadable … [Read more...]

The New Hawsepipe – An Interview With Leonard Lambert

The following article is from the gCaptain archives but the information is very much still pertinent today! ____________________________________ Aboard almost every US flag ship is one seaman who forgoes the late night poker tournaments, racquetball games and is rarely seen watching movies in the crew lounge. He is sometimes called the Fourth Mate due to his propensity … [Read more...]