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Posted: September 23, 2010

STAR Center commended following Coast Guard review


On August 31, Course Oversight Auditor Nancy Hejde, LTJG, of Regional Exam Center Miami conducted an administrative visit at the AMO Safety & Education Plan's STAR Center in Dania Beach, Fla., which is a U.S. Coast Guard approved training facility.

In her report on the administrative visit, Hejde included two 'commendable' notes and one observation:
  1. Commendable: Excellent port facility training environment and boat equipment observed. Boats and equipment are well maintained with the interest of safety the priority.
  2. Commendable: Excelling training environment and instructorship during observation of a practical exercise in the simulator for D110D, Deck Upgrade - Ship Handling. Very realistic hands-on experience with top-notch equipment and simulators. Very high marks from student surveys about this class and the simulator experience.
  3. Observation: The current course calendar is good through December 2010 but will need to be updated with next year's schedule at our next visit in December.
Hejde concluded that no corrective actions were required. Oversight visits are meant to improve business relations, provide policy and guidance, check standards and foster better communications.

STAR Center, a division of the AMO Safety & Education Plan, is the primary training provider for members of American Maritime Officers.