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.


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.


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.


9/6/2018: 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.


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.


6/21/2018: Changes to Inland Navigation Rules

The National Maritime Center posted a bulletin to its website to ensure that mariners and training providers are aware of changes to the Code of Federal Regulations, 33 CFR Subchapter E – Inland Navigation Rules. This change, advertised in the Federal Register Jan. 24, 2018, removed the word “danger” from rule 34. This post provides details about the change.


6/4/2018: National Maritime Center announces implementation of new CG-719 form series

These new forms may be obtained electronically in a PDF fillable format at the NMC’s website. The Coast Guard will not stock the CG-719 series of forms in paper format.


5/2/2018: Audio file of merchant mariner Medical Certification webinar available on line

In March, the U.S. Committee on the Maritime Transportation System hosted a webinar on the Medical Certification process that is part of the merchant mariner credential. National Maritime Center’s commanding officer Capt. Kirsten Martin and Chief of the Medical Evaluations division Dr. Laura Torres-Reyes had the opportunity to address the upcoming changes in the merchant mariner medical certification and take questions from webinar participants. CMTS recently posted the audio recording of the webinar on its website. In this post, Maritime Commons is sharing the link for our readers who are interested in the subject or who were unable to participate.


4/2/2018: Homeport course completion uploads

The National Maritime Center posted a notice to its website that training provider course completion data uploaded using the Homeport application may not be processing properly. The cause is under investigation. In this post, NMC is providing steps mariners and training providers may take to ensure course completion data is properly documented, until a permanent solution is reached.


3/8/2018: Merchant mariner credential and medical certificate harmonization

The National Maritime Center posted a notice to its website announcing that mariners will be allowed to request harmonized expiration dates of their Merchant Mariner Credential and Medical Certificate.


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