NOAA recruiting in San Diego for research ship crew

NOAA recruiting in San Diego for research ship crew

(SAN DIEGO) — National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Marine and Aviation Operations will hold two hiring events in San Diego, on June 4 and 6, to recruit professional mariners to work aboard NOAA’s ocean research ships. NOAA operates a fleet of 15 hydrographic survey, oceanographic research and fisheries survey vessels. NOAA ships operate in the U.S. and around the…
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MarAd update: Ongoing threats to ships, crews in Mideast

MarAd update: Ongoing threats to ships, crews in Mideast

(WASHINGTON) — Regional conflict, military activity, terrorist attacks and piracy pose significant threats to commercial vessels operating in the following geographic areas: Southern Red Sea, Bab el Mandeb Strait, Gulf of Aden, Indian Ocean, Somali Basin, Arabian Sea, Gulf of Oman, Strait of Hormuz and Persian Gulf. The U.S. government is continually assessing the maritime security situation in the region…
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Coast Guard chief calls for reliable funding, cites culture progress

Coast Guard chief calls for reliable funding, cites culture progress

(WASHINGTON) — Adm. Linda Fagan, commandant of the U.S. Coast Guard, delivered the annual State of the Coast Guard Address at the Cannon House Office Building in Washington, D.C., on Wednesday. Fagan expressed pride in recent Coast Guard operations and the increasing global impact the service has in protecting our economic prosperity and national security, alongside the Department of Homeland…
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MarAd releases strategic plan to boost mariner workforce

MarAd releases strategic plan to boost mariner workforce

(WASHINGTON) — The U.S. Maritime Administration (MarAd) has released its Mariner Workforce Strategic Plan for fiscal years 2023-2027. This plan outlines six key goals to grow our nation’s mariner workforce through recruitment, training and retention. The plan also addresses demonstration and research priorities that could be implemented to further improve mariner recruitment, training and retention. MarAd included input from government,…
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Polar Star handles fast ice, wraps up Antarctic mission

Polar Star handles fast ice, wraps up Antarctic mission

(SOUTHERN OCEAN) — The U.S. Coast Guard cutter Polar Star (WAGB 10) and crew departed McMurdo Station, Antarctica, on Feb. 12 after operating for 51 days below the Antarctic Circle in support of Operation Deep Freeze 2024. Polar Star and crew broke a 38-mile channel through fast ice to create a navigable route for vessels to reach McMurdo Station and…
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New format coming for merchant mariner credentials

New format coming for merchant mariner credentials

(MARTINSBURG, W.Va.) — On March 1, the U.S. Coast Guard will begin issuing merchant mariner credentials (MMCs) in a new format. This new mariner credential will replace the legacy passport-style red book and associated endorsement labels. The complexity and degraded reliability of the custom printers used to print the MMC books necessitated a change to the credential printing process. The…
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Philly Shipyard cuts steel for Cal Maritime training vessel

Philly Shipyard cuts steel for Cal Maritime training vessel

(PHILADELPHIA) — TOTE Services, Philly Shipyard and California State University Maritime Academy on Friday celebrated the cutting of steel for the fifth national security multi-mission vessel (NSMV), which is destined for Cal Maritime in Vallejo, Calif. This ceremonial event signifies the start of construction for the ship and occurred at Philly Shipyard’s plasma-cutting machine as the button was pressed to…
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Metal Shark adds third Louisiana facility, seeks workers

Metal Shark adds third Louisiana facility, seeks workers

(JEANERETTE, La.) — Following the recent divestiture of its Alabama-based ship refit and repair business, Metal Shark is expanding its presence in its home state of Louisiana with the addition of a third manufacturing facility and an aggressive recruitment effort. “Last year, Birdon America Inc. approached Metal Shark about acquiring our Alabama operations,” said Metal Shark CEO Chris Allard. “They…
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MarAd’s Phillips praises dedication of U.S. mariners

MarAd’s Phillips praises dedication of U.S. mariners

(WASHINGTON) — The following is a message released Thursday by retired Navy Rear Adm. Ann Phillips, U.S. maritime administrator: "As we find ourselves in the home stretch of another trip around the sun, I want to pause and take the time to reflect on how your efforts make MarAd (U.S. Maritime Administration) incredibly successful year in and year out. Thank…
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Crews of four U.S.-flagged vessels honored for heroism

Crews of four U.S.-flagged vessels honored for heroism

(NEW YORK) — The officers and crew of four American-flag vessels were recognized for heroism at sea at the 54th annual Admiral of the Ocean Sea (AOTOS) Awards hosted by the United Seamen’s Service on Dec. 1. The plaques honored the mariners aboard the following vessels: M/V Midnight Sun, Port of Tacoma Harbor In September 2022, an electrical fire broke…
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