Department of Homeland Security


On behalf of the inspections office Sector Southern New England, please read the below announcement:

My office has recently received reports of commercial entities directly contacting vessel owners and offering to manage the Certificate of Documentation renewal process for a fee. Some of the notices these companies send could lead a vessel owner to believe the correspondence is coming directly from the Coast Guard’s National Vessel Documentation Center (NYDC). These companies are also present in internet search results for the NVDC and for Certificate of Documentation renewal.

While using these companies is an option, the Coast Guard does not endorse any of them, and they do not operate on behalf of the Coast Guard in any way. Any fees charged or agreements offered by such companies are in no way associated with the NYDC certification process, and these companies are not authorized to issue official NY DC Certificates of Documentation or any other forms of documentation that permit operation of a vessel.

The NVDC, located in Falling Waters, West Virginia, is the only entity authorized to issue Certificates of Documentation (CODs). This documentation is required for vessels engaged in commercial trade and is optional for vessels five net tons and over engaged in recreational use/activities. Persons interested in conducting business directly with NYDC should visit https://www.uscg.mil/nvdc/.

Persons interested in conducting business directly with NYDC should visit the official NYDC website or contact the NVDC at (800) 799-8362 or (304) 271-2400. Phone hours are 9:00 a.m. to 3 :00 p.m. Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday. Phones are not manned on Thursdays.

Certificate of Documentation renewal requests are accepted at VDC-PF-NYDCRENEW ALS@USCG.MIL.

Questions regarding the information in this bulletin should be directed to my Prevention Department at (207) 899-6279 or SecNNE-Prevention-Domestic@uscg.mil .

Read the official announcement here (PDF)

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.

Read full press release (PDF)

 

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.

 

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 (REC-BAL-AppSubmission@uscg.mil) 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 IASKNMC@uscg.mil, or by calling 1-888-IASKNMC (427-5662) to determine the status of their e-mailed applications.

Via Maritime Executive daily e-newsletter, an update on the Coast Guard form 2692 written report (with video!). The Maritime Executive article address what the Coast Guard considers to be the obligation of mariners when it comes to reporting incidents.

When to Report (PDF) Maritime Executive

Along the same topic, via Bryants Maritime blog, the US Coast Guard issued a notice stating that, effective immediately, it is utilizing new marine casualty reporting forms. The new forms are: CG-2692 – Report of Marine Casualty, Commercial Diving Casualty, or OCS-Related Casualty; CG-2692A – Barge Addendum; CG-2692B – Report of Mandatory Chemical Testing Following a Serious Marine Incident; CG-2692C – Personnel Injury Addendum; and CG-2692D – Involved Persons and Witnesses Addendum. The previous edition of the forms may continue to be utilized until 1 January 2017. (7/1/16) [http://mariners.coastguard.dodlive.mil/2016/07/01/712016-coast-guard-releases-updated-cg-2692-form-for-marine-casualty-reporting/]. Note: Form CG-2692C and Form CG-2692D are new. It is recommended that mariners take the time to play the video accompanying the notice.

 

The US Coast Guard issued Change 2 to Navigation and Vessel Inspection Circular (NVIC) 04-08 entitled “Medical and Physical Evaluation Guidelines for Merchant Mariner Credentials”. The major changes include guidelines for issuance of separate medical certificates (implementing recent changes to STCW); guidance for evaluation of applicants taking various medications; and guidance concerning the medical review process. NVIC 04-08, Change 2 (25 April 2016)

Via Bryant’s Maritime Consulting

The US Coast Guard issued a notice announcing availability of NVIC 02-16 – Inspection Guidance for Sail Rigging and Masts on Inspected Sailing Vessels. 81 Fed. Reg. 23001

Here is the document, for your reading pleasure (PDF)

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