Commercial Vessel Compliance

4/18/2019: Change 1 to NVIC 03-14, “Guidelines for Approval of Training Courses and Programs”

The Office of Merchant Mariner Credentialing published Change 1 to Navigation and Vessel Inspection Circular 03-14, “Guidelines for Approval of Training Courses and Programs.”

The El Faro, a 40-year-old cargo ship owned by TOTE Maritime Puerto Rico and operated by TOTE Services, Inc., sank Oct. 1, 2015 after sailing directly into the path of Hurricane Joaquin in the Atlantic Ocean. All those aboard perished in the sinking. The National Transportation Safety Board made safety recommendations to the Coast Guard and other agencies and organizations. Among those to the Coast Guard were recommendations concerning the content of training provided in basic meteorology, advanced meteorology, advanced ship handling, and bridge resource management courses for mariners seeking STCW officer endorsements. NVIC 03-14 is revised to implement the training recommendations of the NTSB by providing additional guidance on course content to merchant mariner training organizations.

For full details, view or download NVIC 03-14.

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