Two working groups of the Coast Guard’s Merchant Marine Personnel Advisory Committee (MERPAC) gathered at the SIU-affiliated Paul Hall Center in Piney Point, Md., June 11-13. The groups finalized development of assessment criteria for the Coast Guard; it was the third time MERPAC has met on this issue, which involves the deck and engine departments.
Later this year, the full committee is expected to vote on the criteria and, if approved, submit details to the agency.
SIU representatives at this month’s meeting included former Paul Hall Center Director of Training Bill Eglinton and AB Fr. Sinclair Oubre.
According to the Coast Guard, “MERPAC was established in 1992 at the request of the Commandant. MERPAC’s purpose is to advise the Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), via the Commandant, U.S. Coast Guard, on matters relating to the training, qualification, licensing, certification and fitness of seamen in the merchant marine. The Committee acts in an advisory capacity….”