TSA – TWIC notices
The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) issued notices related to the Transportation Worker Identification Credential (TWIC). Delays in processing TWIC applications continue. Individuals are strongly encouraged to submit applications at least 10 to 12 weeks prior to when the card is required. In addition, applicants who request to receive their TWICs by mail will receive phone or email notification that the card has been mailed. After such notification, applicants have 60 days to report non-receipt of the card. Failure to report non-receipt of the card within 60 days will result in a $60 fee to replace the lost card. (3/23/15).

The regulatory changes that became effective on March 24, 2014, require additional training and/or assessments for certain Standards of Training, Certification, and Watchkeeping (STCW) endorsements. These “gap-closing” requirements must be met by mariners who hold STCW endorsements issued under the previous regulatory requirements. Mariners who submit applications without evidence of meeting gap-closing may have their STCW endorsements limited to “Not valid after 31 Dec 2016”. STCW gap-closing requirements do not affect limitation or retention of national endorsements.

Read the STCW Gap-Closing Bulletin to learn more about what the gap-closing requirements are, to whom they apply, and how the NMC will process complete applications without gap-closing requirements for the STCW endorsement.

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Sector Southeastern New England 2015 Passenger Vessel Industry Day is tomorrow!

The event will be held on Tuesday, March 24, 2015 from 0830 to 1300 at the UMASS Advanced Technology & Manufacturing Center, 151 Martine Street, Fall River MA. Please RSVP ASAP if you have not done so already!

In addition to the presentations listed in the agenda, Mr. Nick Petronzio from R.E.C. Boston, will be on site to review and except applications.

Audience: Owners, operators, crewmembers, parties involved in construction/repair, or other parties with an interest in the passenger vessel industry are encouraged to attend.

Parking: There is parking across the street from the building.

RSVP: Email CWO3 Joseph Miner at Joseph.M.Miner@uscg.mil or call 401-435-2313.

Documents:

2015 Industry Day Agenda

Industry Day Poster

2015 Regulatory Updates

(Sent by Domestic Inspections Sector Southeastern New England. Originally posted on March 9th, 2015.)

MERPAC – meeting
The Merchant Marine Personnel Advisory Committee (MERPAC), sponsored by the US Coast Guard, will meet on 18-19 March in New Orleans. Topics on the agenda include: utilizing military education, training, and assessment for STCW and USCG certifications; training guidelines for mariners employed aboard vessels subject to the IGF Code; and competency requirements for vessel personnel working within polar regions. 80 Fed. Reg. 12187 (3/6/15).

MMMAC – meeting
The Merchant Mariner Medical Advisory Committee (MMMAC), sponsored by the US Coast Guard, will meet on 16-17 March in New Orleans. Topics on the agenda include revisions to NVIC 04-08 – Medical and Physical Guidelines for Merchant Mariner Credentials. 80 Fed. Reg. 12188 (3/6/15).

This is a reminder about Sector Southeastern New England 2015 Passenger Vessel Industry Day.

Please RSVP ASAP if you have not done so already! 

The event will be held on March 24, 2015 from 0830 to 1300 at the UMASS Advanced Technology & Manufacturing Center, 151 Martine Street, Fall River MA.

There is parking across the street from the building. In addition to the presentations listed in the agenda, Mr. Nick Petronzio from R.E.C. Boston, will be on site to review and except applications. The agenda is attached.  Owners, operators, crewmembers, parties involved in construction/repair, or other parties with an interest in the passenger vessel industry are encouraged to attend.

If you have not done so already, please RSVP by replying to this e-mail, Joseph.M.Miner@uscg.mil or calling CWO3 Joseph Miner at 401-435-2313. We look forward to see you there!

– Domestic Inspections Sector Southeastern New England

USCG – Vessel Documentation Renewal Fees

The US Coast Guard seeks public comment on whether to increase the period of validity for renewing endorsements on Certificates of Documentation (CODs) and updating the fee for vessel documentation renewal. Comments must be received by 1 June. 80 Fed. Reg. 11361 (3/3/15)

Click here for more information.

The Beyond the Border Maritime Commerce Resilience Atlantic Region Webinar will take place in two weeks on March 9th, 2015 from 10:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Eastern Time.

Please note the time change occurring the day before the webinar on Sunday March 8th.

If you have not yet had the chance we encourage you to download the WebEx Add-On and verify that your computer has one of the valid media players installed.  For detailed instructions on this process please see “Webinar Sign-On Information” document on the public Sector Southeastern New England HOMEPORT site,  https://homeport.uscg.mil/mycg/portal/ep/portDirectory.do?tabId=1&cotpId=44, under “News & Events”.

BEYOND THE BORDER MARITIME COMMERCE RESILIENCE WEBINAR

ATLANTIC REGION

On behalf of the United States Coast Guard and Transport Canada, you are cordially invited to participate in the upcoming webinar regarding Canada-United States cooperation on Atlantic Region MCR (Maritime Commerce Resilience) scheduled for:

March 9th, 2015 from 10:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Eastern Time. 

This information session will serve as a starting point for the future development of MCR Guidelines tailored to the Atlantic Region, a process that will be based on the knowledge and expertise of regional stakeholders.

This initiative stems from the Canada-United States Perimeter Security and Economic Competitiveness Action Plan, which directs the development of regional bi-national plans to quickly restore maritime transportation system operations following a natural disaster, accident, security incident or other disruption.

Transport Canada and the United States Coast Guard previously facilitated the development of MCR Guidelines in both the Pacific Region and Great Lakes Region.  In order to leverage work already undertaken while ensuring that the Atlantic MCR Guidelines reflect local circumstances, the Pacific Northwest and Great Lakes MCR Guidelines will be used as a basis for discussion and amended as needed based on the advice of Atlantic Region stakeholders.

The purpose of this webinar is to introduce the project, discuss the path forward and to answer questions.  Subsequent in-person consultation sessions will provide the opportunity to discuss any specific amendments.

We invite you to please register well ahead of time using the following registration link:

Webinar registration link:

https://gts-ee.webex.com/gts-ee/j.php?RGID=r30a051ab91a8670675229ccac69118dd

 After registering you will receive a confirmation e-mail with all of the necessary information to join the meeting on March 9th, 2015.

There is a “PDF” version of the PowerPoint presentation to be used during the webinar also located at the Sector SENE HOMEPORT site.

Available also are the following online key MCR reference documents (Great Lakes and Pacific Northwest Guidelines):

http://www.theglhc.org/MCR%20Guidelines%20Great%20Lakes%20-%20ENGLISH.pdf (Great Lakes) http://www.theglhc.org/GUIDELINES%20FOR%20COMMUNICATION%20AND%20INFORMATION%20SHARING%20-%20PACIFIC%20GUIDELINES%20-%20ENGLISH.pdf  (Pacific Northwest)

If you have any questions please contact Roderick Meier of Transport Canada at:

Roderick.meier@tc.gc.ca, or (613) 991-9858.

 

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