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The September 2012 meeting of National Maritime Security Advisory Committee (NMSAC) was typical in that the original agenda was immediately altered as the order of topics changed and some switched meeting days. It was also distressingly atypical in that the audio for the audience attending by webcast and teleconference was among the worst in living memory. As a consequence, there are both major and minor gaps (not necessarily noted) in this report notwithstanding the length of the post. I have also occasionally placed comments out of chronological sequence in order to keep all the discussion of a particular topic in one place.



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Its kudos and wish list that take center stage during the Day of the Seafarer Celebration



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The May 1st issue of the Federal Register has scheduled a USCG Notice of the next meeting of the National Maritime Security Advisory Committee (NMSAC). The meeting will be held May 15-16, 2012 at two locations in the Washington, DC area.



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An Ordinary Seaman is the lowest rank of a ship’s deck crew. It is considered an entry-level position and comprises the main labor force on board a boat. An Ordinary Seaman is supervised by the Captain and the Engineer, and can be given instructions by any individuals ranked above him, such as Mates or Able Bodied Seamen.

Posted to Maritime Blog by Maritime Union on 4/29/2012 12:48:30 PM | with 0 comments


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An Able Seaman is also called an Able-Bodied Seaman. This is probably the reason the initials commonly used for able seaman are “AB” rather than “AS.” An Able Seaman has more knowledge and experience than an Ordinary Seaman (OS). The differentiation between the titles “Able Seaman” and “Ordinary Seaman” first occurred in the mid 1800s as a means of creating pay scales. Able Seamen were paid about 25% more than Ordinary Seamen in the Merchant Marines. The Merchant Marines refers to a country's commercial ships that are both publicly and privately owned.

Posted to Maritime Blog by Maritime Union on 4/29/2012 12:41:22 PM | with 0 comments


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Behavioral Competence, the new standard for selections and promotions



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Article: OFFSHORE AND MARITIME SEAFARER ID STANDARDS UNDER ILO 185
Maritime Crew: Changes for Seafarer ID Standards under ILO 185.



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‘Wellness guide’ offers a rosy future to seafaring
A Medical guide to enhance seafarer’s safety at sea



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False notions were aggravating piracy issue from getting resolved



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When the gas tanker got caught in Japan’s Tsunami
Capt Mukesh’s gas carrier though battered by the Tsunami while at Kashima Port came out in one piece to discharge its lethal cargo which could have done inconceivable damage



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