4/29/2019: Change 5 to NVIC 09-02, “Guidelines for the Area Maritime Security Committees and Area Maritime Security Plans for U.S. Ports”

The updated NVIC provides guidance to Coast Guard operational commanders, Area Maritime Security Committee members, and the maritime community with the development and maintenance of Area Maritime Security Assessments, Area Maritime Security Plans, and promotes unity of effort among all stakeholders with maritime security interests at the port level.


8/10/2018: Guidance on qualification and renewal of STCW endorsements for Officer in Charge of a Nav Watch and Master

The Office of Merchant Mariner Credentialing released two Navigation and Vessel Inspection Circulars Aug. 6, 2018 related to watch keeping aboard vessels less than 500 gross tons.


12/4/2017: Availability of NVIC 05-17 “Reporting and investigation of marine casualties where the United States is a Substantially Interested State”

The Office of Investigations and Analysis published Dec. 1, 2017, Navigation and Vessel Inspection Circular 05-17, “Reporting and Investigation of Marine Casualties Where the United States is a Substantially Interested State.” The circular publishes policy and guidance for the coordination […]


7/12/2017: 60-day public comment period opens for draft NVIC addressing cyber risk at MTSA facilities

The Office of Port and Facility Compliance encourages public comment through the Federal Register on a draft Navigation and Vessel Inspection Circular that provides clarification and guidance on implementing a cyber risk management governance program.


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).


4/24/2017: Guidance for credentialing officers of towing vessels

Navigation and Vessel Inspection Circular (NVIC) 03-16 provides Coast Guard guidelines for credentialing officers of towing vessels. Mariners commencing training and assessment toward an officer of towing vessels endorsement should use the TOARs contained in NVIC 03-16. Mariners should plan accordingly to ensure that previous versions of TOARs are completed and application for endorsement is made prior to March 24, 2019.


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 11-14, Guidelines on Qualification for STCW Endorsements as Master or Chief Mate on Vessels of 500 GT or more and less than 3,000 GT

The Coast Guard published change 1 to Navigation and Vessel Inspection Circular (NVIC) 11-14, Guidelines on Qualification for STCW Endorsements as Master or Chief Mate on Vessels of 500 GT or More and Less Than 3,000 GT.


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.


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