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Wednesday, May 8, 2024
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U.S. Coast Guard Extends Merchant Mariner Credential Renewal Period

The U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) has announced an extension of the renewal grace period for expired merchant mariner credentials (MMC) in response to the recent

May 8, 2024
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Monday, February 26, 2024
U.S. Coast Guard Making Changes to Merchant Mariner Credential Format

U.S. Coast Guard Making Changes to Merchant Mariner Credential Format

The U.S. Coast Guard is set to introduce a new merchant mariner credential (MMC) format on March 1, 2024, marking the first significant revision of the

February 26, 2024
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Thursday, December 14, 2023
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Opinion: The Shortage of Mariners Willing to Work for Less

This essay by the President of the MM&P union addresses gCaptain’s editorial about the current aversion of US maritime unions towards strikes for

December 14, 2023
Total Views: 6101

Monday, October 26, 2020
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Maritime News

Four Charged in $200K Phony Mariner Credentialing Scheme

Prosecutors in Virginia have charged four men for their respective roles in a conspiracy to sell phony Coast Guard merchant mariner credentials in Norfolk as

October 26, 2020
Total Views: 657

Friday, June 7, 2019
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Maritime News

U.S. Coast Guard Loosens Radar Renewal Requirements for Experienced Mariners

The U.S. Coast Guard has published a final rule amending the requirements for renewal of a radar observer endorsement, making refresher courses no longer

June 7, 2019
Total Views: 795

Saturday, August 25, 2012
popeye sailor man

Anyone know this guy?

I think I might have run into this guy a bar in Rio a few years back, or perhaps it was at that tiki hut in Saipan… Anyone ever

August 25, 2012
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Thursday, July 12, 2012
So You Want to Become a Mariner?

So You Want to Become a Mariner?

Reality Is Nothing Like The Dream By Forum, So you got it somewhere in your head that a life at sea is for you. The constant adventure,

July 12, 2012
Total Views: 961

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

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

September 22, 2010
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Thursday, August 19, 2010

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 8×11 paper license

August 19, 2010
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Thursday, July 8, 2010

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

July 8, 2010
Total Views: 1564

Saturday, June 12, 2010

The Best Knives for the Pro-Mariner

I carry three things with me every time I go on deck. A Pelican Flashlight, Channel Locks and my knife. I have tried many and my absolute favorite knife

June 12, 2010
Total Views: 867

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Marine License Insurance – Questions & Answers

Note: With the recent incident in the Gulf and gCaptain members are performing non-routine jobs in and around the oil slick, a few have asked me if I carry

May 12, 2010
Total Views: 314

Sunday, June 21, 2009

Marine License Insurance – An Interview With Ralph J. Mellusi Esq. – Part 2

Today we continue our interview (click HERE for part 1) with Ralph Mellusi, an admiralty lawyer specializing in marine license defense. Ralph Mellusi has

June 21, 2009
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Wednesday, May 20, 2009
Maritime Security

Major Constitutional Decision Affecting the Transportation Industry

This topic was originally brought to our attention on the Forum via user Jones Act, more commonly known as Steve Gordon of Gordon & Elias, but I thought it

May 20, 2009
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Tuesday, February 3, 2009

Mariner Shortage – Your Opinions

Image via Flickr user OneEighteen Photostream While searching the web, I came across an article in the Chicago Tribune titled “Shipping Industry Runs

February 3, 2009
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Tuesday, March 18, 2008

a dark and stormy night – photo

(Photo by stumbler

March 18, 2008
Total Views: 183

Saturday, February 16, 2008

Evolution Of Security – A Blog By TSA

In an unusual turn of events the TSA (United States’ Transportation Security Agency) has launched a blog! While the review on NPR‘s show “On

February 16, 2008
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Thursday, December 13, 2007

Ship Security Officer Training Mandated For US Mariners

Effective January 1, 2008, mariners sailing in the capacity of Ship Security Officer (SSO) will have to show evidence of being “qualified” to hold that

December 13, 2007
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Wednesday, November 28, 2007

Protecting The World’s Rarest Whales

Drawing by Louise Jennison To help protect the highly endangered North Atlantic right whale population, NOAA Fisheries Service is reminding mariners that the

November 28, 2007
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Saturday, November 24, 2007

American’s Marine Highway

I am pleased to report a significant amount of positive feedback from mariners when discussing new MARAD (Maritime Administration) initiatives. In addition to

November 24, 2007
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