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Tuesday, August 11, 2020

Merchant Marine Personnel Advisory Committee News

Camenzuli Named to Federal Coast Guard Committee

SUNY Maritime College physician assistant Danielle Camenzuli has been appointed by the Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security to the U.S. Coast Guard’s Merchant Mariner Medical Advisory Committee. The committee is responsible for advising the Secretary of Homeland Security about medical certifications for licenses and other merchant mariner documents; medical standards and guidelines for physical qualifications; medical examiner education standards; and medical research.

Amy Beavers (MPT)

MPT's Amy Beavers Passes Away

Amy Beavers, USCG Licensed Master, Academic Principal and VP of Regulatory Compliance at Maritime Professional Training has passed away on November 5. Services will be held on Saturday, November 12, at 11:30 a.m. at Rio Vista Community Church, 880 S. Federal Highway, Fort Lauderdale, Fla. 33316. Longtime maritime training expert and provider Amy Beavers was widely regarded as one of the most knowledgeable stakeholders in the industry when it came to regulatory matters, especially where it intersected the U.S. Coast Guard's credentialing department.

Capt. Ernie Fink  (Photo: SUNY Maritime)

SUNY Maritime’s Fink Named to Homeland Security Committee

Department of Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson has appointed SUNY Maritime College professor and dean Capt. Ernie Fink to an advisory committee. Fink, who is the dean of the college’s maritime education and training department, will serve a three-year term as one of 19 members of Homeland Security’s Merchant Marine Personnel Advisory Committee. “The six state maritime academy presidents unanimously recommended Capt. Fink for this position. We are honored that his voice will represent our perspective,” said Rear Adm. Michael Alfultis, SUNY Maritime president.

Michael Sheklin to Serve on MERPAC

Seaworthy Industries, LLC announced today that Managing Partner, Michael A. Sheklin has received a federal appointment from Secretary Jeh Charles Johnson to serve on the Merchant Marine Personnel Advisory Committee (MERPAC). The committee advises the Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), via the Commandant, U.S. Coast Guard, on matters relating to personnel in the U.S. Merchant Marine, including but not limited to training, qualifications, licensing, certification and fitness standards.

Maritime Fuel of the Future: Training to an Uncertain Standard

Despite its unquestionable allure, LNG as a fuel carries with it as many risks as it does answers to the problems it promises to solve. As industry and OEM’s work to remove any doubt, the collaborative effort outpaces the slow-moving regulatory machine. Even as Lloyds Register predicts that LNG will reach a maximum 11% share of marine propulsion solutions in 2030, it also says that segments with higher proportion of small ships will see the highest LNG uptake. And, at the same time…

MERPAC to Meet on IGF Code Training Requirements

A working group of the Merchant Marine Personnel Advisory Committee (MERPAC) will meet to work on Task Statement 80, concerning crew training requirements onboard vessels subject to the International Code of Safety for ships using gases or low flashpoint fuels (IGF Code). This meeting will be open to the public. The working group will meet on April 17, 2014 from 8 a.m. until 4 p.m. The working group will meet in Room A129 of the Maritime Institute of Technology and Graduate Studies (MITAGS), 692 Maritime Boulevard, Linthicum Heights, MD 21090.

Amy Beavers: Photo credit MPT

Amy Beavers Appointed to MERPAC

Maritime Professional Training V-P of Regulatory Compliance, Amy Beavers, appointed to serve on Merchant Marine Personnel Advisory Committee (MERPAC). Maritime Professional Training announced that Amy Beavers has received a federal appointment from Secretary Napolitano to serve in the Merchant Marine Personnel Advisory Committee (MERPAC). The committee advises the Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), via the Commandant and U.S. Coast Guard, on matters relating to the training, qualification, licensing, certification and fitness of seamen in the merchant marine.

MERPAC to Meet in Washington, DC

Merchant Marine Personnel Advisory Committee to meet on September 11, 2012 at USCG Headquarters. AGENCY: Coast Guard, DHS. ACTION: Notice of Federal Advisory Committee Meeting. SUMMARY: The Merchant Marine Personnel Advisory Committee (MERPAC) will meet in Washington, DC, to discuss various issues related to the training and fitness of merchant marine personnel. This meeting will be open to the public. DATES: MERPAC working groups will meet on September 11, 2012, from 8 a.m. until 4 p.m.…

MERPAC Working Group Meeting

The Merchant Marine Personnel Advisory Committee (MERPAC) will conduct an intercessional meeting to facilitate working group discussion of Task Statement 76, titled “Review of Performance Measures (Assessment Criteria)”, and Task Statement 77, titled “Development of Performance Measures (Assessment Criteria).” This meeting will be open to the public. The MERPAC working group will meet on January 31, 2012, from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m., and on February 1, 2012, from 8 a.m. until 4 p.m. Please note that meetings may adjourn early if all business is finished.

USCG Seeking MERPAC Applicants

The Coast Guard is seeking applications for membership on the Merchant Marine Personnel Advisory Committee (MERPAC). This Committee advises the Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security on matters related to personnel in the U.S. merchant marine, including training, qualifications, certification, documentation, and fitness standards. Applications for six positions that expire or become vacant on June 1, 2012 will be considered. To be eligible, you should have experience…

MMMAC and MERPAC Advisory Committees to Meet

The Merchant Mariner Medical Advisory Committee (MMMAC), sponsored by the US Coast Guard, will hold its inaugural meeting in Easton, Maryland on September 19-21. Topics on the agenda include maritime casualties with a nexus to mariner medical issues; mariner medical conditions leading to denial of a mariner's application; and aging mariners. 76 Fed. Reg. 53924  (August 30, 2011).The Coast Guard has also announced that the next scheduled Merchant Marine Personnel Advisory Committee (MERPAC) meeting in the Federal Register. The Meeting is scheduled for October 6 and 7 in Washington DC.

MarPro INTERVIEW: USCG Admiral Robert Papp

When Admiral Robert J. Papp assumed the duties of the 24th Commandant of the U.S. Coast Guard on May 25, 2010, he also served notice that it won’t be business as usual at headquarters. Papp, unlike his three immediate predecessors, apparently has no intention of setting the world on fire by instituting sweeping changes. Inside the Coast Guard, the proverbial round turn is probably good news. For maritime businesses that trudge along under the collective weight of mounting regulatory burdens, an arguably willing partner now resides in the C-suite.