The U.S. Coast Guard has issued a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) to amend its regulations to fully incorporate the International Convention on Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping for Seafarers (STCW Code) into the requirements for the credentialing of U.S. merchant mariners (74 Federal Register 59353). Written comments on the proposal should be submitted by February 16, 2010.

To access this important NPRM, go to
http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2009/pdf/E9-26821.pdf

The Coast Guard will also be receiving comments on this rule at the five public hearings listed below:

Tuesday, December 1, 2009
Marriott Miami Airport Hotel
1201 NW LeJeune Road
Miami, FL 33126
9:00 – 12:00 p.m.

Wednesday, December 2, 2009
Marriott New York LaGuardia Airport Hotel
102–05 Ditmars Blvd
East Elmhurst, NY 11369
9:00 – 12:00 p.m.

Wednesday, December 9, 2009
Renaissance Arts Hotel
700 Tchoupitoulas Street
New Orleans, LA 70130
9:00 – 12:00 p.m.

Friday, December 11, 2009
Marriott Seattle Airport Hotel
3201 South 176th Street
Seattle, WA 98188
9:00 – 12:00 p.m.

Wednesday, January 20, 2010
U. S. Coast Guard Headquarters
Room 2415
2100 Second Street, SW.
Washington, DC 20593
10:00 a.m. -1:00 p.m.

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