Tugboat captain’s credentials suspended after alcohol related accident

Tugboat captain's credentials suspended after alcohol related accident
PORTSMOUTH, Va. — Coast Guard Sector Hampton Roads took expedited action to suspend the Merchant Mariner Credential of a ship’s captain on Dec. 4 after it was determined that he was operating the vessel under the influence of alcohol during an accident that caused the vessel to become grounded. The tugboat Niki Jo C drifted off course and ran aground outside the main channel of the Rappahannock...

Judge issues ruling for Coast Guard, suspends captain’s Merchant Mariner Credential

Judge issues ruling for Coast Guard, suspends captain’s Merchant Mariner Credential
PORTLAND, Ore. — An administrative law judge suspended the merchant mariner credential of the master of the Portland Spirit Monday, following an investigation by members of the Coast Guard Marine Safety Unit Portland into an incident that occurred on the Willamette River, Oct. 29, 2017. The Honorable George Jordan, Coast Guard administrative law judge for this case, found in favor of the allegations...

Coast Guard eases TWIC requirements for thousands of mariners

WASHINGTON – The Coast Guard announced Thursday publication of a policy letter that exempts a number of mariners from the requirement to obtain a Transportation Worker Identification Credential when renewing or obtaining a Coast Guard-issued merchant mariner credential. The policy letter, effective as of Tuesday, provides immediate relief for mariners who otherwise would need to obtain a TWIC...

Coast Guard issues first consolidated Merchant Mariner Credential

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Coast Guard issued the first consolidated Merchant Mariner Credential Thursday, during the Towing Safety Advisory Committee meeting held at Dania Beach, Fla.