Thursday, August 21, 2014



The oldest privately-owned maritime training school in the United States, Crawford Nautical School has been training mariners from all areas of sea-going life -- deep sea, coastal and inland waters; Masters, Mates, Pilots and Engineers for over 90 years.

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The National Maritime Center

Requirements, applications, examination information, policy statements as well as other resources are found at the Coast Guard's National Maritime Center, the portal for merchant mariner credentialing in the United States.

Credential Application Forms
Checklists for USCG Credential Requirements

Complete list of NMC Resources


On the Quarter

According to Dorothy Parker, "the cure for boredom is curiosity. There is no cure for curiosity." Our father is in his 90th year of incessant inquiry. "Don't you think someone should look into this," he asks constantly. We've invited him to do just that here.

To the Blog!

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Question of the Week

In an industry where it is possible to dance on ceilings and lean against floors, there are bound to be questions. Every week we will post some here -- along with our best answers.

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Regulation Updates

November 2013

Extension of deadlines for applications due to government shutdown.

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September 2012

The USCG Deck and Examination Question banks, removed from public viewing several years ago, have once again been made available in pdf.
Deck Examination Question Bank
Engine Examination Question Bank

December 2011

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.

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Engineering Classes

Our next Engineering License and QMED Upgrading Class runs from March 17 to April 11, 2014. The class will cover all licenses and endorsements in the engine department. For more information, please call 1-800-284-4335 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Collision, Allision, Grounding

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. iStock 000008221963XSmall

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.

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Help with Credentials

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.

Tankerman Class

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 March 24 to March 28, 2014. For additional information, contact the School.

Upcoming Classes

08.18.2014 - 08.22.2014
B Week: Navigation General

08.25.2014 - 08.29.2014
ECDIS - Port Townsend Campus

08.25.2014 - 08.29.2014
C Week: Deck General & Deck Safety


09.02.2014 - 09.05.2014
A Week: Rules of the Road

STCW Final Rule (March 24, 2014)

On March 24, 2014, the "Implementation of the Amendments to the International Convention on Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping for Seafarers [STCW],1978, and Changes to National Endorsements; Final Rule" became effective. 46 Code of Federal Regulations Parts 1, 10, 11,12, 13, 14 and 15 have been affected. Most of the changes are intended to bring the US into full conformity with the STCW, including what are called the Manila Amendments of 2010. However other changes have been made to "national" (formerly described as "domestic") credentials. The document is over 200 pages. We will post here changes that have the most immediate impact on mariners. A link to the Publication of the Final Rule can be found on the Home Page of the National Maritime Center.

Northwest Maritime Center

nwmcThe Northwest Maritime Center and Crawford Nautical School have joined forces to provide professional maritime training using NWMC's full-mission simulator and adjacent facilities.

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FWE (Finished with Engines)

Captain William P. Crawford
1922 - 2013