10/10/2017: Merchant Mariner Medical Advisory Committee October 2017 Meeting

The Merchant Mariner Medical Advisory Committee and its working groups are scheduled to meet October 18-19, 2017, at the United States Coast Guard National Maritime Center in Martinsburg, WV. Although the meetings are open to the public, attendees must pre-register to be admitted.


10/10/2017: Merchant Marine Personnel Advisory Committee October 2017 Meeting

The Merchant Marine Personnel Advisory Committee and its working groups are scheduled to meet October 26-27, 2017, at the United States Coast Guard National Maritime Center in Martinsburg, WV. Although the meetings are open to the public, attendees must pre-register to be admitted.


10/6/2017: Updated hyperlinks for frequently visited Coast Guard web sites

The Coast Guard recently completed the migration of all web content to a new, more secure server and web content managers have received many questions and comments from the maritime community about how to navigate the new sites. This post provides a list of updated web addresses for some of the industry-focused Coast Guard sites our readers visit the most.


10/4/2017: Designated examiner and qualified assessor submissions

The National Maritime Center has noted an increase in the number of Designated Examiner and Qualified Assessor requests being included with Merchant Mariner Credential applications. This has delayed the processing of some DE and QA requests. DE and QA approvals are not MMC endorsements and are not requested through the MMC application process.


10/1/2017: Coast Guard releases Report of Investigation into loss of 33 mariners and U.S. cargo ship, El Faro

The MBI concluded that the primary cause of the casualty was the decision to navigate El Faro too close to the path of Hurricane Joaquin. As the MBI expanded the investigation to explore other contributing factors, it uncovered evidence of an ineffective safety management system within the operating company, and failures by both the Coast Guard delegated representative and the Coast Guard itself to provide effective oversight of the vessel’s compliance with safety regulations.


9/19/2017: Temporary closure of Monitoring Unit San Juan, Puerto Rico

Electronic applications are still being accepted, but paper applications should be sent to another regional exam center for processing. The National Maritime Center will continue to work applications submitted prior to Tuesday, September 19.


9/14/2017: Coast Guard seeking membership for work group to review Merchant Mariner examination

The 2015 Coast Guard Authorization Act requires the Coast Guard to commission a working group to review existing and new examination questions for accuracy, and review the accuracy and availability of examination references, length of examinations, and the use of standard technologies in administering, scoring, and analyzing examinations. Resumes should reach the Coast Guard by Nov. 10, 2017.


9/11/2017: New set of sample merchant mariner exams now available

The Coast Guard announced in a bulletin Sept. 8, 2017, that a new set of sample merchant mariner exams is available on the National Maritime Center’s (NMC) website. Section 315 of the Coast Guard Authorization Act of 2015 requires the Coast Guard to make sample merchant mariner credential examinations and an outline of examination topics readily available to the public.


9/11/2017: Temporary closure of Regional Exam Center Charleston, South Carolina

REC Charleston is closed starting Sept. 11, 2017, due to Hurricane Irma.


9/9/2017: Credentials lost due to Harvey or Irma

The National Maritime Center issued a bulletin September 7 as a reminder that 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 Harvey or Irma.


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