Effective Oct 14th, 2008, this docket removes the expiration date of the RADAR observer endorsement on merchant marine licenses to avoid confusion. Licensed mariners will be required to keep their RADAR training certification current and carry their cerificate with them. For the entire docket in detail, read here:
This is usually a self study course with software. The only tricky parts are de-coding from Pub 102, 70% is passing. The regualtions from the CFR Website is part of 46CFR 10.401(h) Ocean and Near Coastal Licenses
It can be viewed online with all the permit procdures and dates of enforcement at http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/sb/ml0808/#/6
It basically states that by Septamber 30, 2008 commercial vessels over 79 ft in length will need to apply to the Evironmental Protection Agency for a “Vessel General Permit.”
This permit will detail all discharge streams a vessel is capable of and the best way to prevent pollution into the environment of each. Vessels under 79 feet in length will be exempt for an additional two mote years. It is just another permit, requirment and headache that vessels and crew must deal with. The article is very informaitve and detailed, definitely worth reading.]]>
For the rules and regulations from the Coast Guard, and related questions. Goto
http://www.uscg.mil/nmc/ldcr_faq.asp as well as the Federal Register at
from the Coast Guard detailing the specific requirements for obtaining medical waivers for conditions individual mariners have. For example, if a mariner wears eyeglasses, to obtain a renewed MMD or license, there are certain guidelines the medical doctor must go through in the exam, and the patient must pass, to grant a waiver. The NVIC lists hundreds and hundreds of ailments. In my opinion, it is not the mariner who should be worried, but merely a guideline for doctors who are unfamiliar with granting waivers to follow so the exam is completed properly. If there is another interpretation out there, please let me know.