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    STCW Gap Closing Training Deadlines are Approaching

    STCW Gap Closing Training Deadlines are Approaching

    Notice to all Mariners Serving on Vessels Subject to the STCW Convention The 2010 amendments to the STCW Convention will come into force on January 1, 2017. These amendments were incorporated into regulation as part of the final rule titled “Implementation of the Amendments to the International Convention on Standards of Training, Certification, and Watchkeeping for Seafarers […]

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    USCG NVIC 02-14 Grandfathering Policy STCW 2010

    USCG NVIC 02-14 Grandfathering Policy STCW 2010

    NVIC 02-14 provides  mariners with the transitional provision guidance for National endorsements and Approved Training. 1. GENERAL PROVISIONS a. This Enclosure includes information on transitional and grandfathering provisions applicable to national endorsements. b. Revisions to 46 CFR Subchapter B included amendments to the requirements for national endorsements (78 FR 77796, December 24, 2013). Some changes […]

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    Great Lakes Sailing - Welland Canal

    Great Lakes Sailing – Welland Canal

    Great video of transit on Lake Ontario. I’ve never sailed on the Lakes, just something I never thought of when I started sailing. I chose deep sea and started as AB to Captain, moved to oil response, then drill ships. Just a couple of the many opportunities available to anyone wanting to go to sea. […]

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    10 Reasons Competency Exams For Seafarers Are More Stressful Than Ever

    10 Reasons Competency Exams For Seafarers Are More Stressful Than Ever

    Mariners Under Stress Has STCW2010 increased pressure for the professional mariners? Have the companies raised the bar for advancement? Each advancement becomes quite a burden especially with all the schooling, sea time, financial constraints, and changing regulations. The below article discusses ten difficulties that Mariners might face. 10 Reasons Competency Exams For Seafarers Are More […]

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    Big Changes for Crediting Sea Service for Engine Ratings Personnel

    Big Changes for Crediting Sea Service for Engine Ratings Personnel

    Engine ratings personnel are now able to get a 1.5 sea day credit for each 12-hour watch rather than just 1.0 sea day credit. The new law allows coal passers, firemen, oilers, and water tenders serving on certain offshore supply vessels (OSVs), towing vessels, and barges engaged on voyages of less than 600 miles to be […]

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    Where Do I Start?

    Where Do I Start?

    Who do I ask for help? Marine Documents has established itself as to the go-to source for answers for all Merchant Mariners. Marine Documents.com asked Captain Vic, what the best way to get started in the Maritime Industry? Captain Vic said, “Most new Mariners need to get a TWIC and MMC to be able to […]

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    STCW

    STCW

    What is the International Maritime Organization (IMO) It is part of the United Nations. Yes, they are a specialized agency responsible for a safety of life at sea, maritime security, and protection of the environment.  It first started out back in 1948 as the Inter-Governmental Maritime Consultive Organization and changed its name in 1982 to […]

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    GI Bill Approved for Maritime Training

    GI Bill Approved for Maritime Training

    Prior Military Service | Post 9/11 GI Bill now for Maritime Training Sea going service gained while in the service CAN BE used to qualify for U.S. Coast Guard Licenses and endorsements to your Merchant Marine Credentials (MMC). Do not wait too long there is a short window to convert your military time. There are […]

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    Are MaritimeTraining Schools All the Same?

    Setting the Standards for Maritime Training Schools MarineDocuments.com has partnered with select Maritime Education Standards Council(MESC) (www.MESC.us) member schools to promote education and maritime training schools that meet the highest standards both national and internationally. So who is MESC? “We are the mariner schools setting the highest standards while providing and conducting USCG license preparation […]

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    Coast Guard Licensing Changes

    Coast Guard Licensing Changes

    Policy Change for Maritime Licenses Effective July 1st, 2011 The Coast Guard has through their Policy Letter (CG-543) 11-07 made many large changes to the maritime licensing schemes that apply to candidates for STCW (Standards of Training, Certification, and Watchingkeeping for Seafarers) endorsement as OICNW (Officer in Charge Navigational Watch) who hold or are also […]

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