The Federal Agency Quality Work (FAQWG) Group Port-Wide Industry Day will be held on Tuesday, April 4, 2017, beginning at 9:00 a.m. at the Baltimore Cruise Ship Terminal located at 2001 McComas Street, Baltimore, MD 21230. This event will be held in conjunction with an Agency Trade Fair where agencies and groups will have tables and displays representing their individual operations. Scheduled to attend are the U.S. Coast Guard, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), Department of Transportation (DOT), Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS), Department of Agriculture (USDA), Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), Maryland Port Administration, the Baltimore Development Corporation, and others.

The FAQWG Port-Wide Industry Day is designed as an informal exchange of information between Federal agencies and marine industry stakeholders to exchange ideas and information in order to facilitate safe, secure, and environmentally sound maritime commerce. Presentations will address both local and national issues that impact the marine transportation system.

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Sector Southeastern New England
March 21, 2017 (0830-1230)

LOCATION: UMASS Advanced Technology & Manufacturing Center
151 Martine Street, Fall River, MA 02723
PH: (508) 910-9800

*********Please park in the lot across the street from the building*********


0830  Introductions & Logistics: Mr. Carl Moberg
0845  Opening Remarks: CAPT Richard Schultz, Sector Commander
0855  Vessel Inspection/Investigation Updates: LCDR Steve Stowers/ LT  Plummer
0930  Break
0945  Waterways Management Updates: Mr. Ed LeBlanc
1015    Small Passenger Vessel Risk Based Inspection Matrix
1030   Case Studies: Rule 5 “LOOK-OUT” CWO Johnathan Shipperly
1100   Break
1110    Mariner Credentials/Regional Exam Center Updates: Mr. Nick Petronzio
1135    Question and Answer
1140   Closing Remarks: CAPT Richard Schultz, Sector Commander
1145    End all inclusive industry day Agenda
1155    Sailing vessel break out session ‘NVIC 02-16” are you in compliance? 


  • Owner, Operators, and Crew Members of inspected passenger vessels / school ships.
  • Other parties with an interest in the passenger vessel industry.Parties involved in the construction and repair of certificated passenger vessels.
  • For further information or questions, please contact CWO Sydney Glass at or (401) 435-2315.

Via Bryant’s Maritime Blog

The US Coast Guard issued a bulletin stating that it will follow the IMO recommendation calling for port state control (PSC) authorities to take a pragmatic and practical approach to enforcement of the 2010 amendments to the STCW Convention regarding seafarer certification. This deferred enforcement until 1 July is appropriate because training institutions are having difficulty in training all the seafarers for updated requirements. (1/5/17)

Read the bulletin here

Merchant Mariner Credential Processing Delays Update

The National Maritime Center (NMC) continues to experience a greater-than-average volume of applications for Merchant Mariner Credentials (MMC). This bulletin outlines actions to be taken for U.S. mariners holding national and STCW endorsements.



Via the Maritime Executive, Three Things You Should Know About the EPA’s New Vessel General Permit, or VGP 3.0


Regional Examination Center (REC) Baltimore has reported an IT system malfunction that resulted in the deletion of their mariner application e-mail inbox. This malfunction occurred at approximately 8:00 a.m. EST on Tuesday, November 16, 2016. Although the e-mail inbox has been restored, there may be a small number of applications that were submitted just prior to the malfunction that may be irretrievable. The NMC has confirmed that no personally identifiable information (PII) was compromised as a result of this IT system malfunction.

Mariners who e-mailed applications to the REC Baltimore application e-mail address ( between 4:00 p.m. EST Monday, November 14, 2016, and 8:00 a.m. EST Tuesday, November 15, 2016, may contact the NMC’s Customer Service Center to confirm that the application was received. Those mariners who may have received an undeliverable error message while attempting to submit an application to the REC Baltimore e-mail inbox are encouraged to resubmit their e-mail at this time.

Mariners may contact the NMC Customer Service Center using our Online Chat System, by e-mail at, or by calling 1-888-IASKNMC (427-5662) to determine the status of their e-mailed applications.



SEA is offering the following courses in Woods Hole this December:

Leadership and Managerial Skills: November 28 – December 2

Bridge Resource Management: December 13 – 15

Basic Training: December 13 – 17

Wilderness First Responder / USCG Medical Care Provider: December 6 – 12

Wilderness First Responder Recertification: December 3 -5

More detail on the classes offered (PDF)

For more information visit or email These classes are filling quickly this year! SEA offers a 10% discount on courses to members of Tall Ships America. Housing and lunch are provided for all courses.

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