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Titanic 101 Anniversary Marked By Rising Tide Of Modern Marine Incidents

"Although cruise ship incidents grab headlines, it is important to note that on a weekly basis there are collisions, groundings, fires and other serious occurrences in waters off-the-coasts of mostly undeveloped nations," says Bethel. "They may not be interesting to Americans but they are of great concern to professional mariners because these ships are aging and their crews are often undertrained."

NAVIGATION INCIDENTS & MECHANICAL MALFUNCTIONS

The majority of nautical collisions and ships that ran aground are the results of human error, often exacerbated by fatigue and/or inadequate navigational training.

Many mechanical mishaps were consequences of poor or insufficient maintenance and the inability to perform underway repairs by marine engineers and engine room crews.

AMO WANTS YOU! NOW RECRUITING ENGINEERING OFFICER CANDIDATES

Passenger, cargo, and tanker lines are faced with a shortage of engineers, worldwide.

In an effort to solve the global shortage of maritime engineering officers, AMO is devising a campaign to recruit qualified U.S. high school graduates – educate, train and place them in high-paying, prestigious positions on merchant marine vessels worldwide.

The starting pay for an engineering officer is $100,000, annually.

ADVANCED MARITIME TRAINING AVAILABLE

"To reduce the incidences of human error, AMO's Simulation, Training, Assessment & Research (STAR) Center provides educational and certification programs that improve command communications, emergency response, engineering and navigational skills," says retired U.S. Navy Captain Philip Shullo, AMO's Director of STAR Center Safety and Education Training.

AMO STAR CENTER, DANIA BEACH FLORIDA: WORLD'S PREEMINENT MARITIME TRAINING CENTER

  • Firefighting
  • Dynamic Positioning
  • Engineering
  • Liquid Natural Gas Transport
  • Navigation
  • Rescue
  • 79 U S Coast Guard & International Maritime Organization Training Certification Courses
  • Trained 100,000 Merchant Mariners & Employees of 52 Shipping Lines

STAR CENTER FULL BRIDGE NAVIGATIONAL SIMULATOR

  • Full Mission Class A Command Bridge Navigation Simulator
  • Employs Array of Vivid Video Projectors
  • Creates 360-Degree High-Tech Animated Views of Oceans, Harbors, Shipping Lanes

SIMULATES ICEBERG ALLEY

Shullo says, "STAR Center's full mission Class A command bridge navigation simulator produces various wave and weather conditions and can even mimic the sensation of sailing through "Iceberg Alley," where Titanic sank, 375 miles southeast of Newfoundland, 101 years ago and where ships still sail between Europe and North America."

  • Shullo explains, "Unlike aircraft cockpit simulators that provide both visual and physical steering, elevation and descending movements, the actual maritime command bridge remains stationary. Yet, the 360-degree moving, high-tech animated images of waves, passing ships and land masses are so realistic they induce sea sickness."

MERCHANT MARINE ACT OF 1920 AKA: "JONES ACT"

The 1920 Merchant Marine Act legislates that only American-made, American-owned ships manned by American officers and crews can sail between U.S. seaports and on American rivers and lakes. However, increasingly, shipping entities are obtaining government waivers, which concerns American mariners.

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