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.


12/26/2017: Update to Qualified Assessor requirements

The Coast Guard is aware that as a result of the limited number of approved Qualified Assessors, there may be a hardship on mariners trying to complete STCW assessments after December 31, 2017. In consideration of this, the Coast Guard will continue to allow STCW assessments to be signed by an assessor who meets the requirements specified in NVIC 02-14 until December 31, 2019. These assessments must be submitted to the Coast Guard as part of a complete application no later than June 30, 2020.


4/28/2017: Change 3 to Navigation and Vessel Inspection Circular (NVIC) 8-01, Approval of Navigation Equipment

The Coast Guard recently published change 3 to Navigation and Vessel Inspection Circular (NVIC) 8-01, Approval of Navigation Equipment. The Circular provides voluntary guidance for approval of navigation equipment, as required under Regulation V/18, of the International Convention for the Safety of Life at Sea, 1974, as amended in 2000 (SOLAS).


2/22/2017: Change 1 to NVIC 17-14, Guidelines on Qualification for STCW Endorsement as Officer in Charge of certain Engineering Watches

The Coast Guard published change 1 to Navigation and Vessel Inspection Circular (NVIC) 12-14, Guidelines on Qualification for STCW Endorsement as Officer in Charge of an Engineering Watch in a Manned Engineroom or Designated Duty Engineer in a Periodically Unmanned Engineroom on Vessels Powered by Main Propulsion Machinery of 750 kW/1,000 HP Propulsion Power or More.


2/22/2017: Change 1 to NVIC 12-14, Guidelines on Qualification for STCW Endorsements as Officer In Charge of a Navigational Watch on Vessels of 500 GT or more

The Coast Guard published change 1 to Navigation and Vessel Inspection Circular (NVIC) 12-14, Guidelines on Qualification for STCW Endorsements as Officer In Charge of a Navigational Watch on Vessels of 500 GT or More.


2/22/2017: Change 1 to NVIC 10-14, Guidelines on Qualification for STCW Endorsements as Master or Chief Mate on Vessels of 3,000 GT or more

The Coast Guard published change 1 to Navigation and Vessel Inspection Circular (NVIC) 10-14, Guidelines on Qualification for STCW Endorsements as Master or Chief Mate on Vessels of 3,000 GT or more.


2/17/2017: NVIC 04-17 Guidelines for Nat’l & STCW endorsements for service as assistant engineer and officer in charge of an engineering watch on OSVs

This Navigation and Vessel Inspection Circular (NVIC) provides guidance on qualification for and renewal of national officer and STCW endorsements for service as assistant engineer and officer in charge of an engineering watch on offshore supply vessels (OSVs). The Coast […]


2/17/2017: NVIC 03-17 Guidelines on qualification for Nat’l & STCW endorsements for service as master and chief mate on OSVs

This Navigation and Vessel Inspection Circular (NVIC) provides guidance on qualification for and renewal of national and STCW endorsements for service as master and chief mate on offshore supply vessels (OSVs). The Coast Guard will use this NVIC and 46 […]


2/17/2017: NVIC 02-17 Guidelines on qualification for Nat’l & STCW engineering officer endorsements for service as chief engineer on OSVs

This Navigation and Vessel Inspection Circular (NVIC) provides guidance on qualification for and renewal of national officer and STCW endorsements as chief engineer that are limited to service on offshore supply vessels (OSVs). The Coast Guard will use this NVIC […]


2/17/2017: NVIC 01-17 Guidelines on qualification for Nat’l & STCW endorsements for service as mate on OSVs

This Navigation and Vessel Inspection Circular (NVIC) provides guidance on qualification for and renewal of national officer endorsements as mate and STCW endorsements as officer in charge of a navigational watch of vessels of 500 GT or more (OICNW) for service […]


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