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The U.S. Coast Guard’s Merchant Marine Personnel Advisory Committee (MERPAC) has openings for new members. The openings are for positions that become vacant on June 1, 2015: two positions for marine educators, one of whom will represent the viewpoint of maritime training institutions other than state or federal maritime academies and also represent the viewpoint of the small vessel industry, and one representing the viewpoint of state maritime academies; one position for a member drawn from the general public; one position for an engineering officer who is licensed as a chief engineer any horsepower; and two positions for deck officers, one of whom is a licensed merchant marine deck officer of oceans any gross tons, the other licensed for inland or river route with limited or unlimited tonnage, and one of whom must have a master’s license or a master of towing vessels license.

MERPAC advises the Department of Homeland Security on matters related to personnel in the U.S. merchant marine, including but not limited to training, qualifications, certification, documentation and fitness.

Applicants should submit a cover letter and resume before Dec. 8 to: Commandant (CG-OES–1), ATTN Merchant Marine Personnel Advisory Committee, US Coast Guard Stop 7509, 2703 Martin Luther King Jr. Ave., SE., Washington, DC 20593–7509; or by e-mail to Davis J. Breyer, davis.j.breyer@uscg.mil.

Reported in a recent edition of Wheelhouse Weekly, a newsletter of the International Organization of Masters, Mates & Pilots. It has been reprinted with permission.

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