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 crossed paths with this guy? … [Read more...]

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, interesting port calls, the mesmerizing sunrises and sunsets on the water, the never-ending sea stories to tell those back home are all you can think about. You've watched too many movies. Those days, if they ever really … [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...]