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.


2/28/2019: A century and a half of marine safety and prevention – The Congressional Act of Feb. 28, 1871

In this post, Rear Adm. John Nadeau offers a few thoughts on The Congressional Act of 1871, which provided the nation with the basis of a functioning marine safety code. The Act of 1871 was an important change that combined all the practical features of previous legislation with a number of new requirements to form a coherent and unified body of law for the regulation of steamboats and to prevent marine casualties and loss of life.


2/27/2019: National Maritime Center seeks members for 2019 Merchant Mariner Examination Working Group

The National Maritime Center announced it is seeking participants for the 2019 Merchant Mariner Examination Working Group. Section 315 of the 2015 Coast Guard Authorization Act requires the Coast Guard to commission a working group to review existing and new examination questions for accuracy and availability of examination references.


2/5/2019: Commandant discusses Arctic, Subchapter M, and more in INSIGHTS interview

Coast Guard Commandant Adm. Karl Schultz recently did an interview with Marine Link Magazine staff for its Jan. 30, 2019, edition of INSIGHTS. During the interview, Schultz discussed a variety of issues relavent to the maritime industry, and as a courtesy Maritime Commons is providing a link to the article in an effort to keep our subscribers informed.


1/30/2019: Nat’l Maritime Center, Regional Exam Centers re-open following partial shutdown

In this post, the National Maritime Center provides updated information on mariner credentialing following the end of the partial shutdown.


1/24/2019: National Maritime Center issues new bulletin regarding lapse in appropriations and mariner credentials

In this post, the National Maritime Center provides updated information for credentialed mariners who may be affected due to the lapse in appropriations and partial government shutdown.


1/24/2019: Commercial vessel safety during lapse in appropriations

With passage of a continuing resolution, Marine Safety Information Bulletin 01-19 is cancelled effective Feb. 1, 2019.


1/9/2019: Nat’l Maritime Center issues updated bulletin regarding lapse in appropriations and mariner credentials

In its updated bulletin, National Maritime Center adds Merchant Mariner Medical Certificates expiring in December 2018 or January 2019 to the list of mariner documents that will be extended through March 31, 2019, due to the lapse in appropriations.


1/7/2019: Nat’l Maritime Center – Mitigation efforts due to lapse in appropriations

In this post, the National Maritime Center provides information for credentialed mariners who may be affected due to the lapse in appropriations and partial government shutdown.


12/18/2018: Comment period extended – Draft Merchant Mariner Medical Manual

The Coast Guard announced in the Federal Register that it is extending the public comment period on the Draft Merchant Mariner Medical Manual notice of availability until Feb. 13, 2019.


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