Bad Fish Takes Down Bulk Carrier Crew

The U.S. Coast Guard reported on Saturday a pair of Puerto Rico-based doctors were transported aboard the 680-foot Liberian-flagged bulk carrier Agapi S via tugboat after 19 of 21 crew members came down with food poisoning. Doctors confirmed ill crewmembers were stable and did not require medical attention ashore after suffering from food poisoning after eating fish caught … [Read more...]

Changes to Coast Guard medical form cause problems for merchant mariners

The National Maritime Center has been making unannounced changes to the Merchant Mariner Credential Medical Evaluation Report form needed for the application for the Merchant Mariner Credential.  According to AMO Currents, in some cases, the changes have even caused applications to be rejected. They tell us: The U.S. Coast Guard's National Maritime Center has apparently … [Read more...]

Changes to medical processing at the National Maritime Center

On April 12th, the USCG came out with a bulletin from the National Maritime Center (NMC) announcing several changes to the Mariner Medical Evaluations Division.  These changes were made with the intention of improving customer service, while at the same time, ensuring public safety remains the priority for the issuance of Mariner credentials at the NMC. The following are a … [Read more...]

The Cure For Color Blindness – Via Apple

This post pertains to almost none of our readers. Why? Because being color blind precludes you from working on ships (at least as a deckie). Dan Kaminsky fills us in on the details: So, for the past year or so, I've had a secret side project. Technically, that shouldn't be surprising. This is security. Everybody's got a secret side project. Except my side project has had … [Read more...]

Maritime Medical Evacuation And Rescue At Sea – Global Rescue Maritime

Last week we brought you information on marine license insurance and in our continuing quest to look at non-traditional protection available to mariners we bring you Global Rescue - Maritime! Mariners work in conditions that make getting immediate medical treatment extremely difficult. Most mariners and shipping companies do not have the assets to quickly and smoothly move … [Read more...]