TSA – TWIC card services

The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) issued a notice stating that it is upgrading the technology used for issuance of Transportation Worker Identification Credentials (TWICs). During the system upgrade, specific TWIC card services will be temporarily unavailable. Services for Card Transfers, Card Replacements, and Extended Expiration Date (EED) TWIC will be unavailable from 22 April through 4 May. If you need to utilize these services and require your TWIC prior to or during this time, place your order no later than 14 April. Card Pick-Up, Activation, and Personal Identification Number (PIN) Resets will be unavailable from 26 April through 4 May. (4/4/14).

A member of Tall Ships America’s Ship Operations & Safety Committee recently attended the Coast Guard’s Passenger Vessel Industry Day in Sector Southeastern New England.

Click to view a handout with her notes!


Coast Guard Sector Boston Prevention Department has announced an Industry Day on April 9th. The meeting will be held at Cottage Park Yacht Club in Winthrop, MA. Registration begins at 8:00am and there will be a $10 fee.  More information is available, along with an agenda, on the press release.

Courtesy of Bryant’s Maritime Consulting

 The Coast Guard has issued the first of several bulletins discussing the implementation of the U. S. Qualified Assessor Program established in the final rule titled “Implementation of the Amendments to the International Convention on Standards of Training, Certification, and Watchkeeping for Seafarers (STCW), 1978, and Changes to National Endorsements” (78 FR 77796).

A Qualified Assessor (QA) is a person that the Coast Guard deems qualified to evaluate whether an applicant has demonstrated the necessary level of competence in the task for which the assessment is being made. For more information, read the Qualified Assessor Program Bulletin.

This year’s Annual Port-Wide Industry Day will be held on Tuesday, April 29, 2014 from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the Baltimore Cruise Ship Terminal located at 2001 McComas Street, Baltimore, MD 21230.

This event will be held in conjunction with the Federal Agency Trade Fair which will include attendance from several Federal Agencies including U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), Department of Transportation (DOT), Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Fish and Wildlife Services (FWS), Department of Agriculture (USDA), Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC)m and the Baltimore Development Corporation.

Please view the Port-Wide Industry Day 2014 Invitation.

Please RSVP by using the following link by Friday, April 25, 2014: https://einvitations.afit.edu/inv/anim.cfm?i=188404&k=03694A0D7B53.


For additional questions or concerns, please contact CWO Todd Bethel at Alan.T.Bethel@uscg.mil.

For technical issues with online registration, please contact Program Support Assistant Tammy M. Hicks at 410-576-2506.

USCG – mariner security training certification

The US Coast Guard issued a Marine Safety Information Bulletin stating that, in line with IMO STCW.7/Circ.21, it has adopted a modified enforcement posture for security awareness training and seafarers with designated security duties certification on subject US vessels until 1 July 2015.  This is contingent upon a mariner’s compliance with 33 CFR §104.220 and §104.225.  MSIB 06-14 (3/21/14).


USCG – updated NOAD schema

The USCG National Vessel Movement Center (NVMC) issued a notice stating that on Tuesday, 22 April 2014, an updated NOAD schema, versioned 3.4, will be released that incorporates improvements in vessel response plan data reporting.  When NOAD Schema 3.4 is released on 22 April 2014, NOAD Schema 3.2 and older versions will no longer be supported.  (3/21/14).


The recently published rule titled “Implementation of the Amendments to the International Convention on Standards of Training, Certification, and Watchkeeping for Seafarers (STCW), 1978, and Changes to National Endorsements” (78 FR 77796) authorizes the Coast Guard to postdate a Merchant Mariner Credential (MMC) up to 8 months. This rule becomes effective on March 24, 2014. The implementation plan for postdating MMCs and the impact on the current delayed issuance process are listed below.




• Postdating of an MMC is defined as placing an issue date on the MMC that is in the future.


• Postdating of MMCs will only apply to applications for renewal of a credential where no other credential activity is requested or results from the transaction.


• Except upon receipt of written request documenting the need for immediate issuance, the National Maritime Center (NMC) will automatically postdate credentials with the appropriate future date.


• The issue date of the MMC will be the day following the date of expiration of the current MMC, but no more than 8 months in the future. The expiration date and period of validity of the credential will be 5 years from the date of issuance.


• If the expiration date of the mariner’s current credential is beyond 8 months from the date that the Coast Guard accepts a complete application, the new credential issue date will be 8 months from the date of application acceptance, at which time the current active credential will become invalid.


• Any transactions initiated after a postdated MMC has been approved and mailed will result in endorsement labels being printed and mailed for both the mariner’s active MMC and the postdated MMC. Mariners must ensure that the endorsement labels are properly placed in the appropriate MMC.


• To ensure consistency of service, the Coast Guard will implement postdating of renewal credentials beginning with applications processed on or after March 24, 2014.


• The new credential will not be valid until the issue date listed on the new MMC. Mariners must continue to carry their current credential until that date.


• In accordance with the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR), mariners are required to return expired or otherwise invalid credentials to the NMC. When the current credential expires, it should be mailed to the NMC.


• It is the responsibility of the mariner to maintain control of the postdated credential. If a credential is lost, mariners must follow the procedures to apply for a duplicate, found in 46 CFR Part 10.231.


Delayed Issuance:


• The Coast Guard will no longer accept requests for delayed issuance beginning March 24, 2014.


• Those applications that have been approved for production with delayed issuance on or before March 23, 2014, will be processed using the current delayed issuance procedures.


Mariners and other providers should contact the Customer Service Center at IASKNMC@uscg.mil or 1-888-IASKNMC (427-5662) with any questions or feedback.



/J. P. Novotny/ Captain, U. S. Coast Guard


For more information, go to http://www.uscg.mil/nmc/


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