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.


3/4/2019: 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.


2/27/2019: 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.


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.


12/10/2018: Temporary closure of Regional Exam Center Anchorage

Regional Exam Center Anchorage will be closed until further notice. The REC was affected by a magnitude 7.0 earthquake that took place on Friday, November 30, 2018. This post provides information for those who need to submit, or recently submitted, an application to REC Anchorage.


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.


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