This was Ken’s comment:
"Ending RADAR recertification puts everyone at risk of collision-allision. Skills get soft, people forget, skills need to stay sharp. This potential ruling is ludacris in light of recent Navy collisions with merchant ships. If we allow radar skills to dull, we’ll effectively be asking for more collisions potentially. Its minor inconvenience IS worth avoiding allision/collision even if it avoids just one.
This is effectively the same as dropping celestial navigation from the requirements because we have GPS. So if you’ve used GPS during a year out of five, you could eliminate requirement of celestial endorsement. NO! Thats short sighted and only serves to eliminate safety protocol.
I cannot imagine serious thought was given to this potential lapse of safe judgement. ARPA functions can fail making radar refresher training priceless to allow safe voyage planning. Mark my words; If radar refresher training goes away, accidents and collisions WILL increase. The Gov. will find it necessary to backpedal to reinstate it. This is a terrible idea. This training costs very little, and the end result is a matter of life and death in some cases. It’s Just Not Worth the risk to American Merchant Marine Safety.
A recent story surfaced about a commercial boat out of Chicago had to be rescued due to restricted visibility and search party had to be sent out to guide them in. No Way IS eliminating the benefits gained from radar refresher a good idea. To purposefully increase collisions is the furthest thing the US Coast Guard should be standing for.
This is a BAD move. We don’t need USCG putting boaters at risk due to a risky knee jerk reaction to a few calls to eliminate training costs. Some ARE very worthwhile, Radar Refresher is one of them. "