1/9/2019: Nat’l Maritime Center issues updated bulletin regarding lapse in appropriations and mariner credentials

In its updated bulletin, National Maritime Center adds Merchant Mariner Medical Certificates expiring in December 2018 or January 2019 to the list of mariner documents that will be extended through March 31, 2019, due to the lapse in appropriations.


1/7/2019: Nat’l Maritime Center – Mitigation efforts due to lapse in appropriations

In this post, the National Maritime Center provides information for credentialed mariners who may be affected due to the lapse in appropriations and partial government shutdown.


12/18/2018: Comment period extended – Draft Merchant Mariner Medical Manual

The Coast Guard announced in the Federal Register that it is extending the public comment period on the Draft Merchant Mariner Medical Manual notice of availability until Feb. 13, 2019.


12/10/2018: Temporary closure of Regional Exam Center Anchorage

Regional Exam Center Anchorage will be closed until further notice. The REC was affected by a magnitude 7.0 earthquake that took place on Friday, November 30, 2018. This post provides information for those who need to submit, or recently submitted, an application to REC Anchorage.


12/7/2018: Coast Guard seeking applicants to Merchant Marine Personnel Advisory Committee

The U.S. Coast Guard seeks applications for membership on the Merchant Marine Personnel Advisory Committee. This committee advises the Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security through the Commandant of the U.S. Coast Guard on matters relating to personnel in the United States merchant marine, including training, qualifications, certification, documentation, and fitness standards and other matters as assigned by the Commandant. Completed applications should be submitted to the Coast Guard on or before February 4, 2019.


12/6/2018: Coast Guard seeking applications for membership on the Merchant Mariner Medical Advisory Committee

The Coast Guard is accepting applications for membership on the Merchant Mariner Medical Advisory Committee. The committee provides advice and recommendations to the Secretary on matters related to medical certification determinations for issuance of licenses, certificates of registry, and merchant mariners’ documents; medical standards and guidelines for the physical qualifications of operators of commercial vessels; medical examiner education; and medical research. The deadline to apply is Feb. 4, 2019.


11/14/2018: Merchant mariner credentials and TWIC enrollment

The National Maritime Center posted a bulletin to its website Nov. 13, 2018, to inform mariners applying for a Merchant Mariner Credential that they must list their occupation as Merchant Mariner on their TWIC applications. The Coast Guard relies on data provided by the Transportation Security Administration when evaluating MMC applications.


11/13/2018: Coast Guard seeking public comments on draft Merchant Mariner Medical Manual

The Coast Guard is seeking public comment regarding the draft Merchant Mariner Medical Manual. The guidance in this Manual should assist medical practitioners, the maritime industry, individual mariners, and Coast Guard personnel in evaluating a mariner applicant’s physical and medical status to meet the requirements of the merchant mariner medical certificate.


10/17/2018: Credentials lost due to Hurricane Michael

In accordance with Federal Regulations, duplicate Merchant Mariner Credentials may be issued free of charge to mariners whose credentials were lost or destroyed as a result of Hurricane Michael or subsequent flooding.


10/3/2018: Marine Safety Alert 15-18 – Commerical passenger vessels and recreational diving

The Office of Investigations and Analysis posted Marine Safety Alert 15-18, “Don’t Let Your Divers Down,” to remind Coast Guard licensed masters of commercial vessels of their responsibilities when transporting recreational divers and passengers.


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