National Maritime Center Announcements


pdf icon   2020 Mariner Examination Process Updates

In an effort to provide consistent, quality customer service to all mariners, the National Maritime Center (NMC) is implementing the following changes at all Regional Examination Centers (RECs). These changes take effect Monday, April 6, 2020:


pdf icon  Update to Qualified Assessor Requirements

The 2010 amendments to the STCW Convention came into force on January 1, 2017. These amendments were incorporated into regulation as part of the final rule titled “Implementation of the Amendments to the International Convention on Standards of Training, Certification, and Watchkeeping for Seafarers (STCW), 1978, and Changes to National Endorsements” (78 FR 77796). The rule included provisions that impact seafarers serving on vessels subject to the STCW Convention (vessels operating beyond the boundary line). This notice concerns the requirements for Qualified Assessor (QA).


pdf icon  Merchant Mariner Examination Working Group 2020 Meeting Schedule

Section 315 of the 2015 Coast Guard Authorization Act requires the United States Coast Guard to commission a working group to review existing and new examination questions for accuracy and availability of examination references. Examination question review is an opportunity to help the National Maritime Center (NMC) and your fellow mariners make long-term improvements to the knowledge examination system. We need your expertise. Let your voice be heard.


pdf icon  Changes to Navigation and Vessel Inspection Circulars: 04-14, 08-14, 09-14, 12-14, and 14-14

The Office of Merchant Mariner Credentialing published changes to five Navigation and Vessel Inspection Circulars (NVICs) concerning qualification for certain Merchant Mariner Credential Standards of Training, Certification, and Watchkeeping for Seafarers, 1978, as amended (STCW) endorsements.


pdf icon  Regional Examination Center St. Louis Permanent Relocation

Regional Exam Center (REC) St Louis has been permanently relocated from the 7th Floor to the 8th Floor of the Robert A. Young Federal Building.