Mitigation Efforts Due to Lapse in Fiscal Year 2019 Appropriations and Partial Government Shutdown

Due to a continued backlog of credential applications and increased net processing time of both mariner credential applications and medical certificate applications caused by the lapse in appropriations and shutdown of National Maritime Center (NMC) operations, the following updated actions are being taken:
Merchant mariner credentials (MMC) and medical certificates (national endorsements only) that expire in December 2018, January 2019, February 2019, March 2019, April 2019, May 2019, or June 2019 are extended as valid until July 31, 2019. Mariners who are actively working on expired credentials that meet the expiration criteria must carry the expired credential with a copy of the attached letter.
• This extension does not change the time frame during which a credential may be renewed. A credential may be renewed at any time during its validity and for 1 year after expiration based on the expiration date printed on the credential.
If you have questions, visit the NMC website, or contact the NMC Customer Service Center by using the NMC online chat system, by e-mailing IASKNMC@uscg.mil, or by calling 1-888-IASKNMC (427-5662).

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From the United States Coast Guard:

Navigation lights intended for use on power driven vessels may be different from navigation lights intended for use on sailing vessels. Although the horizontal arc of visibility is the same for all lights, the vertical divergence requirements for lights on vessels under sail are larger to accommodate greater heeling.  Manufacturer labeling may not discriminate between the different requirements. Navigation lights that claim compliance with the navigation rules may meet the vertical stability requirements for a power driven vessel, however, they may not comply with the vertical visibility standards for sailing vessels.

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Pack your snacks, Sector Southeastern New England’s Passenger Vessel Industry Day will be held March 29, 2019, 0800-1200 at –
UMASS Advanced Technology & Manufacturing Center
151 Martine Street, Fall River, MA  02723
508.910.9800

*Please be sure to park in the lot across the street* (more…)

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Please click on the link below to read an important update from the National Maritime Center.    reg sea doc

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The 2013 VGP will not be reissued prior to its December 18, 2018 expiration date but will be administratively continued and remain in effect until a new permit is issued. Owners/operators of vessels operating under the administratively continued permit are expected to comply with the terms and conditions of that permit.  The EPA stands ready to assist those applying for VGP and continues to work on reissuing the permit, with a target timeframe of permit proposal in spring 2019.

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Via Coast Guard Maritime Commons:

 

For the convenience of our readers, Maritime Commons will occasionally announce when the Marine Safety Center (MSC) publishes updated Plan Review Guidelines and Design Verification Guidelines.

The following Plan Review Guidelines were updated in October 2018:

GEN 05 – “Stability Test Procedures

This Plan Review Guideline provides general guidance and information for conducting successful stability tests and submitting stability test procedures to the MSC. It applies to vessels certificated under any subchapter of 46 CFR.

Plan Review Guidelines were developed by MSC staff and are provided as an aid in the preparation and review of vessel plans and submissions. They were developed to supplement existing guidance and are not intended to substitute or replace laws, regulations, or other official Coast Guard policy documents. For more information about PRG, contact the MSC at msc@uscg.mil or 202-795-6729. When contacting MSC, reference the PRG by procedure number, e.g. GEN 05.

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From the Environmental Protection Agency:

The 2013 VGP will not be reissued prior to its December 18, 2018 expiration date, but will be administratively continues and remain in effect until a new permit is issued. Owners/operators of vessels operating under the administratively continued permit are expected to comply with the terms and the conditions of that permit. EPA stands ready to assist those applying for VGP and will continue its work on reissuing the permit, with a targeted timeframe of permit proposal in spring 2019.  

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Via MarineLink.com