National Maritime Center Announcements

May
22

pdf icon    Processing of Mariner Appeals During COVID -19 Pandemic

The Director, Commercial Regulations and Standards (CG-5PS), in conjunction with the Office of Merchant Mariner Credentialing (CG-MMC-2), continues to receive and process mariner appeals that are submitted in accordance with Title 46 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR), Part 1.03-40. However, due to ongoing COVID-19 safety and health concerns and technical constraints that operating in the COVID-19 environment present, the processing of appeals have been delayed.

May
19

pdf icon    National Merchant Marine Personnel Advisory Committee Member Solicitation

The Office of Merchant Mariner Credentialing is seeking applications for all membership positions in the National Merchant Marine Personnel Advisory Committee (N-MERPAC). N-MERPAC was established by the Frank LoBiondo Coast Guard Authorization Act of 2018 and will replace the Merchant Marine Personnel Advisory Committee (MERPAC).

Apr
23

pdf icon    New Electronic Mail (E-mail) Renewal Examinations

On May 1, 2020, the National Maritime Center (NMC) will launch a centralized electronic delivery process (via e-mail) for renewal examinations. This change provides mariners the ability to request, complete, and submit renewal examinations by e-mail and will help to maintain the flow of mariner credentials during the COVID-19 pandemic. Paper mailings will still be available upon request.

Apr
21

pdf icon    Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Mariner Training Providers

This notice provides guidance to training providers, designated examiners (DEs), and qualified assessors (QAs). On March 30, 2020, the Coast Guard published a Marine Safety Information Bulletin (MSIB 08-20, Change 1) announcing several updates based on the COVID-19 pandemic

Apr
06

pdf icon    Marine Safety Information Bulletin
COVID 19 – Transportation Worker Identification Credential (TWIC®) Operations

The uninterrupted flow of commerce on our Marine Transportation System (MTS) is critical to both National Security and National economic well-being. During this National emergency for COVID-19 it is paramount that the Coast Guard safeguards the continued operation of the MTS to ensure our domestic supply chain continues uninterrupted.

Mar
30

pdf icon    Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) – Update #2

This notice outlines operational changes at the National Maritime Center (NMC) due to COVID-19. All 17 Regional Examination Centers (REC) and 3 Monitoring Units (MU) remain closed to the public until further notice. A transition to telework and shift-work is being implemented to balance mission-essential credential services with the need for a safe, “social distance” working environment for all employees. Please note the following key changes.

Mar
19

pdf icon   Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) and Mariner Credentialing Program Impacts – Update #1

The Coast Guard published Marine Safety Information Bulletin (MSIB) 08-20 announcing several updates based on the COVID-19 pandemic. Effective March 19, 2020, the Coast Guard’s 17 Regional Examination Centers (REC) and 3 Monitoring Units (MU) are closed to the public until further notice.

Mar
13

pdf icon  Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) and Mariner Credentialing Program Impacts  

The National Maritime Center (NMC) is closely monitoring the COVID-19 pandemic and, as the situation evolves, is prepared to adjust operations accordingly.

 

First and foremost, we are concerned for your safety and the safety of our staff. If you are experiencing any symptoms of illness, including any symptoms of flu or COVID-19, please seek the appropriate medical attention and postpone any planned visits to a Regional Examination Center (REC) or Monitoring Unit (MU). You may cancel or reschedule any REC appointment by contacting NMC’s Customer Service Center at 1-888-IASKNMC. This includes appointments for application submission, payment of fees associated with an application, or appointments for examinations.

Feb
13

pdf icon   Potential for Positive Drug Test Result from Use of Hemp-Plant Products

This Marine Safety Advisory is to ensure that mariners, marine employers, and sponsoring organizations are aware that some products marketed as hemp or cannabidiol (CBD) may contain enough tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) to cause a positive drug test.