National Maritime Center Announcements

July
8

pdf icon    Regional Examination Center Closure Update

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, all Regional Examination Centers (RECs) and Monitoring Units (MUs) closed to the public on March 19, 2020. The National Maritime Center (NMC) plans to issue a re-opening schedule once ongoing work to ensure a safe testing environment is complete. Please note that during the initial phase of re-opening, services will be limited to mariner examinations only.

Jun
12

pdf icon    Affidavits Used in Conjunction with Mariner Credentialing

The Office of Merchant Mariner Credentialing has published CG-MMC Policy Letter 01-20. This policy letter provides guidance on the affidavits required with an application for a duplicate merchant mariner credential (MMC) and mariner medical certificate. In accordance with Title 46 Code of Federal Regulations 10.229 mariners who have lost their MMC or medical certificate may be issued a duplicate. Mariners applying for a duplicate credential must submit an affidavit describing the circumstances of the loss. Once an affidavit is submitted as part of an application it is evidence that the applicant is affirming that the information provided is true and correct.

Jun
11

pdf icon    Able Seaman and Lifeboatman Surveys

The Coast Guard is seeking input from mariners who hold Merchant Mariner Credential endorsements as Able Seaman (AB) and Lifeboatman (LB) to validate information gathered as part of a Job Task Analysis (JTA).

Jun
04

pdf icon   Marine Safety Information Bulletin (MSIB Number: 08-20, Change 2)
COVID-19 – Mariner Credentials Extension of Merchant Mariner Credential Endorsements, Medical Certificates and Course Approvals

This MSIB updates guidance concerning mariner credentials, medical certificates and course approvals, and the action being taken by the Coast Guard due to the novel coronavirus and the disease it causes (COVID-19). We are doing this in keeping with national guidance to meet the challenge of this disease and in response to a number of questions and concerns raised by the maritime industry and mariners. The provisions in this MSIB are consistent with the Executive Order on Regulatory Relief to Support Economic Recovery issued on May 19, 2020.

May
27

pdf icon    Guidance on Waiver of Merchant Mariner Credential (MMC) Application Fees for Active Duty Members of the Uniformed Services

The Office of Merchant Mariner Credentialing has published CG-MMC Policy Letter 02-20, titled: Guidance on Waiver of Merchant Mariner Credential Application Fees for Active Duty Members of the Uniformed Services.

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.