Crawford Nautical provides assistance to mariners trying to determine what credential they might be eligible for, what authority their current credential confers, what might be the best way to upgrade a credential. Please email us at Credential Assistance if you would like help.
The USCG is requesting applications for the Towing Safety Advisory Committee. Deadline November 18, 2013. More information.
Dangerous Liquid Cargo Course
Crawford Nautical School is now offering a Dangerous Liquid Cargo (Tankerman Familiarization) Course. The class meets USCG and STCW requirements for Tankerman P-I-C, Tankerman Barge, Tankerman Assistant and Tankerman Engineer. The next scheduled class is December 9 - 13, 2013. For additional information, contact the School.
Extension of deadlines for applications due to government shutdown.
The USCG has issued Policy Letter (No. 11-15) describing policy and forthcoming regulations allowing certain mariners without a valid Transportation Worker Identification Credential (TWIC) to acquire and renew a Merchant Mariner Credential. A more detailed description of the changes and how they affect individual mariners is available on the National Maritime Site.
With the advent of "Google Alerts" and news media hypervigilant for misfortune, the list of marine casualties seems to have grown longer in the past few years.
This is probably because in the past, maritime incidents were only newsworthy if they involved passenger deaths and/or oil spills. In fact, accidents do happen more than we think, as this log will attest.