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.


9/23/2015: Mariner credentialing – Update from Commercial Vessel Compliance, Mariner Credentialing Division

Read after-action from the open house hosted by the National Maritime Center in part two of a four-part series.


3/24/2015: STCW Gap closing requirements

The National Maritime Center published an announcement regarding the regulatory changes that require additional training and/or assessments for certain Standards of Training, Certification, and Watchkeeping endorsements.


10/24/2014: Policy implementing the Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping

The Coast Guard announces the availability of five additional guidance documents concerning new regulations governing merchant mariner certificates and endorsements to merchant mariner credentials.


9/17/2014: Regulatory correction – Implementation of the amendments to International Convention on Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping for Seafarers, 1978, and changes to national endorsements

The Coast Guard published a regulatory correction for the implementation of the amendments to STCW, 1978, and changes to national endorsements.


8/21/2014: Merchant Marine Personnel Advisory Committee- Working group public meeting

A working group of MERPAC will meet to review and work on Task Statement 87, concerning review of policy documents providing guidance on the implementation of the December 24, 2013 STCW and changes to national endorsements rulemaking.