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.


10/1/2018: Credentials lost due to Hurricane Florence

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 Florence or subsequent flooding.


9/24/2018: Merchant Mariner Credentialing application package submission guidelines

The National Maritime Center posted guidance on its website to help mariners submit a complete and accurate Merchant Mariner Credential application package. These guidance documents are intended to aid mariner applicants in properly completing the CG-719B Application for MMC and the Evidence of Sea Service forms.


9/21/2018: Recap of recent Merchant Mariner Medical Advisory Committee meeting

The Merchant Mariner Medical Advisory Committee met Sept. 13-14, 2018 at the American Maritime Officers STAR Center in Dania Beach, Florida to discuss matters relating 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.


9/6/2018: Merchant Mariner Examination Working Group Update

The National Maritime Center is seeking individuals to participate in the engineer exam review working group, which is scheduled to meet November 6-8 in Dania Beach, Florida.


8/10/2018: Guidance on qualification and renewal of STCW endorsements for Officer in Charge of a Nav Watch and Master

The Office of Merchant Mariner Credentialing released two Navigation and Vessel Inspection Circulars Aug. 6, 2018 related to watch keeping aboard vessels less than 500 gross tons.


8/8/2018: Merchant Marine Personnel Advisory Committee meeting scheduled

The Merchant Marine Personnel Advisory Committee and its working groups will meet September 11-12 to discuss various issues related to personnel in the United States Merchant Marine, including training, qualifications, certification, documentation, and fitness standards. The meetings will be open to the public.


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