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NAV 57; CMG joins Nautical Institute’s IMO delegation in London

June 6-10 2011 London:

Captain Kevin Coulombe & John Carlisle join Nautical Institute's IMO delegation at NAV 57

Carlisle Maritime Group’s (CMG) director, John Carlisle was honored to join the Nautical Institute’s (NI) delegation at the IMO’s Sub Committee on Safety of Navigation (NAV 57) . The Nautical Institute with consultative status, and as a Non-Governmental Organization (NGO), provides professional mariners a stronger voice in the UN agency.

With deep felt respect, CMG thanks the Nautical Institute’s IMO delegation and most notably, Captain John M. Dickinson (Head of Delegation) for the opportunity to join in NI’s instrumental efforts. Captain Dickinson explained that a central effort of NI is to, “intervene on behalf of the mariner’s quality-of-life and human element issues and generally, leave the politics of decision-by-committee up to others.”

The Secretary-General, Mr. Efthimios Mitropoulos opened the week-long meetings by recognizing the extreme difficulties Japan has been facing due to the recent earthquakes and tsunamis that crippled portions of Japan. The Secretary-General’s thoughtful address to the sub-committee can be seen in its entirety at

NAV 57 Plenary in the Main Meeting Hall of IMO

NAV 57’s agenda items included:
• Routeing of ships
• Amendments to Performance Standards of VDR and S-VDR
• Development of an e-navigation strategy implementation plan
• Review of Vague Expressions in SOLAS Regulation V/22
• Development of policy and new symbols for AIS aids to navigation (Virtual ATON)
• Development of an Arctic Regional Hydrographic Commission

NI had (5) members in its delegation. Captain Kevin Coulombe, FNI attended the Routeing of Ships working group in which Captain Coulombe intervened by contributing to the formulations of new and existing Traffic Separation Schemes and, the establishment and re-considerations of new and existing Areas to be Avoided (ATBA).

The E-Navigation working group was attended by NI’s David Patraiko, who contributed interventions centered on human element issues and developments that will directly impact the Officer of the Watch (OOW). E-Navigation, it was seen by all delegations, is a critical watershed subject that requires intensive input and scrutiny. Delegations agreed that continued emphasis on classic mariner navigation versus electronic navigation is a delicate balancing act, and that safety of navigation shall remain firstly, a human skill supported by e-navigation.

IHO announced that an ECDIS “Test Card” of sorts will electronically be sent to all shipping companies, whereby users can test the ECDIS units aboard ship to determine if the units are meeting Performance Standards; IHO reminded the sub-committee that users failing to regularly update ECDIS software aboard ship, is causing serious safety of navigation concerns.

Virtual Aids to navigation (V-ATON); the institute’s Head of Delegation Captains John M. Dickinson and Harry Gale intervened during plenary and contributed the opinion that Japan’s Working Paper symbols graphics, too closely resemble existing paper chart symbols and therefore, (NI) could not fully support Japan’s proposed V-ATON symbols scheme; most member delegations agreed that another V-ATON symbols scheme is desirable, and will be considered again in the next session of the sub-committee and or sooner in other committees/sub-committees.

CMG looks forward to continued involvement with The Nautical Institute and its efforts at the IMO.

CMG wins NMC approval for STCW Management Level Online Course

Dateline: 11 January 2011
Cape Cod, MSTCW courses from home!A USA

Carlisle Maritime Group (CMG) is pleased to announce it has won National Maritime Center (NMC) certification approval for the nation’s first STCW Management Level online course. The online course is called, “Ship Management and Emergency Response”.

CMG’s courses are on a SCORM-compliant Learning Management System (LMS).

The course was designed and written by CMG, exclusively for the Mid Atlantic Maritime Academy, in Norfolk, VA USA (

The online course is “blended” in that trainees take the asynchronous portion of the course (40 hours) online at their own pace; the trainees are required to attend a one-day face-to-face assessment/final written examination period at the Approved Training Facility (Mid Atlantic). Trainees meet their online instructors and other online trainees. Certificate of Completion is presented.

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Should your Training Facility require NMC certified online STCW courses (or any online courses), contact CMG today:

Carlisle Maritime Group, Inc.
Certified STCW Online Training
P.O. Box 311 • Barnstable, MA 02630
PH: + 508.362.2341

USCG Offers Free Download of Framable License

The US Coast Guard National Maritime Center (NMC) issued an announcement stating that US merchant mariners who hold a valid Merchant Mariner Credential (MMC) may download a Merchant Mariner Certificate Suitable for Framing at . The downloaded certificate is not a substitute for the MMC. There is no fee for downloading the display certificate. (8/25/10).

China works to contain oil spill

China National Petroleum Corp. said Thursday a vital pipeline has resumed operations after an explosion caused the country’s largest reported oil spill.

Cleanup efforts — marred by the drowning death of a worker, his body coated in crude — continued over 165 square mile (430 square kilometer) stretch of water blanketed in thick, dark oil Thursday, after an official warned the spill posed a severe threat to sea life and water quality. The slick emptied beaches as its size doubled Wednesday.

It remained unclear exactly how much oil has escaped the pipeline six days after it exploded for reasons unknown at a busy northeastern port. State media has said no more oil is leaking into the Yellow Sea.

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China seals oil port after spill

BEIJING — One of China’s biggest ports, Dalian, shut on Monday after an pipeline explosion triggered a major offshore oil spill, forcing a refinery to cut processing and importers to divert cargoes elsewhere.

The aftermath of the weekend fire could disrupt shipments of oil, iron ore and soy and add to pressure for stricter environmental standards in China, already reeling from a toxic copper mine leak in the south of the country which burst into headlines last week amid accusations of a cover up.

The fire began on Friday while a crude oil tanker was being off-loaded.

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USCG NMC – removal of mariner examination questions

clip_image004[1] The US Coast Guard National Maritime Center (NMC) issued an Announcement stating that, effective July 12, 2010, it will no longer post actual mariner examination questions. Rather, it will post sample questions and answers for review by mariners. The currently-posted full set of deck and engineering questions and answers will be removed. (7/6/10). Note: This item was brought to my attention by my friends at USMMA.

NOTE from Carlisle Maritime Group (CMG): this recent development has zero impact on our “CAP” program (license prep) because we teach mariners how to solve complex problems.  We  teach Theory.

CMG teaches license candidates the nuts n’ bolts of solving celestial, terrestrial navigation and stability problems.