5/23/2019: Maritime Commons has a new home! Update your bookmarks & feeds

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5/22/2019: Thank you to all mariners on National Maritime Day

In this post, in honor of National Maritime Day, Rear Adm. Nadeau extends appreciation to all the mariners who are entrusted with the safety of passengers and crew and who keep our economy flowing every day.


5/6/2019: Mitigation efforts due to lapse in fiscal year 2019 appropriations and partial government shutdown

Due to a continued backlog of credential applications and increased net processing time of both mariner credential applications and medical certificate applications caused by the lapse in appropriations and shutdown of National Maritime Center operations, several updated actions are being taken. These actions involve merchant mariner credentials and certain medical certificates.


4/18/2019: Change 1 to NVIC 03-14, “Guidelines for Approval of Training Courses and Programs”

The udpate to this NVIC provides additional course content guidance to merchant mariner training organizations that offer meteorology, ship handling, and bridge resource management courses.


4/12/2019: 75th Anniversary edition of Proceedings Magazine now available

Featured articles highlight the evolution of the Coast Guard’s marine safety mission, a short history of the IMO’s Maritime Safety Committee, cybersecurity in the maritime domain, and more.


3/19/2019: Commandant to deliver State of the Coast Guard Address

Coast Guard Commandant Adm. Karl Schultz will deliver the 2019 State of the Coast Guard Address, at 10 a.m., PST, Thursday, March 21, from Coast Guard Base Los Angeles/Long Beach. This is Schultz’s first State of the Coast Guard Address since his tenure as commandant began in 2018. Schultz will provide a current overview of the service and outline priorities for the year ahead.


3/14/2019: Owners of two vessels criminally charged, convicted for operating illegal passenger charters

This posted highlights two recent back-to-back law enforcement cases in Florida that demonstrate the aggressive posture the Coast Guard is taking to eliminate illegal passenger charter activities. Because Smartphone-based applications have made it easier in recent years for passengers to locate and hire charter vessels, the Coast Guard is more vigilant than ever in detecting illegal charter activities and seek maximum enforcement actions against the vessel owners and operators.


3/7/2019: Investigation leads to mariner conviction and prompts Coast Guard data quality improvements

Although attempts by mariners to operate vessels using invalid MMCs are a rare occurrence, it does happen, and the Coast Guard and the maritime industry have an online MMC verification tool to alert them to the few cases that surface each year. Upon entry of mariner identification details by a marine employer or other party, the MMC verification tool provides immediate information regarding whether the subject mariner has a valid MMC and medical certificate. This post provides a summary of a 2017 case that led to data quality improvements in the MMC verification tool and how current and prospective employers can report credential discrepancies.


3/6/2019: National officer & rating endorsements expiring March 24, 2019

The Coast Guard amended regulations to qualify for national officer and rating endorsements in a final rule titled Implementation of the Amendments to the International Convention on Standards of Training, Certification, and Watchkeeping for Seafarers, 1978, and Changes to National Endorsements. In this post, the National Maritime Center provides information regarding how it will process applications for National Officer/Rating Endorsements that expire March 24, 2019.


3/4/2019: Updated info from National Maritime Center regarding impacts of lapse in appropriations

This post provides new information from the National Maritime Center related to expiration dates of credential and medical certificates, Additional Information letters, Qualified Assessor letters, and other mariner documents.


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