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.


6/25/2018: Nat’l Maritime Center issues instructions regarding STCW Polar Code

The National Maritime Center posted a bulletin to its website with amplifying information regarding Policy Letter 02-18, “Guidelines for Qualifications of Personnel for Issuing STCW Endorsements for Basic and Advanced Polar Code Operations,” which published in the Federal Register June 22, 2108.


6/22/2018: Notice of Policy Implementing the 2016 Amendments to STCW in Support of the Polar Code

This policy provides guidance for the issuance of Merchant Mariner Credential endorsements in accordance with the International Convention on Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping for Seafarers, 1978, as amended, for Basic and Advanced Polar Code Operations. This policy is effective June 22, 2018, but the Coast Guard requests public comments on it.


6/11/2018: Proposed amendments to marine radar observer refresher training regulations

The Coast Guard announced in the Federal Register a proposal to revise its merchant mariner credentialing regulations to remove obsolete portions of the radar observer requirements and harmonize the radar observer endorsement with the merchant mariner credential.


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.


7/21/2017: Reminder – national merchant mariner credential extension expires September 30

The Coast Guard granted extensions of national endorsements for any mariner whose Merchant Mariner Credential (MMC) expired on or after Dec. 1, 2016. The extension was effective immediately and remains valid until Sept. 30, 2017. Mariners are not authorized to sail on an expired MMC after Sept. 30, 2017. Mariners are encouraged to apply for renewal as soon as possible. Overall processing time for applications remains approximately 60 days. The extension does not apply to STCW endorsements or medical certificates.


4/24/2017: Guidance for credentialing officers of towing vessels

Navigation and Vessel Inspection Circular (NVIC) 03-16 provides Coast Guard guidelines for credentialing officers of towing vessels. Mariners commencing training and assessment toward an officer of towing vessels endorsement should use the TOARs contained in NVIC 03-16. Mariners should plan accordingly to ensure that previous versions of TOARs are completed and application for endorsement is made prior to March 24, 2019.


3/22/2017: Drug testing options for mariner credential applications

All applicants for the original issuance or renewal of a Merchant Mariner Credential (MMC) and applicants seeking certain raises in grade or new endorsements must provide evidence of having passed a chemical test for dangerous drugs or meet the requirements for an exemption from testing.


12/27/2016: Merchant Mariner Credential processing delays update

The Coast Guard National Maritime Center posted a bulletin outlining actions to be taken for U.S. mariners holding national and STCW endorsements in light of a greater-than-average volume of applications for Merchant Mariner Credentials.


12/7/2016: Restricted Operators of Uninspected Passenger Vessels endorsements

The Coast Guard Office of Merchant Mariner Credentialing issued policy letter 01-16 in order to establish minimum requirements for, and provide guidance to Officers in Charge, Marine Inspection (OCMI), in determining appropriate qualifications for Restricted Operators of Uninspected Passenger Vessels (ROUPV) endorsements within their area of responsibility.


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