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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)

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The USCG National Maritime Center (NMC) issued a notice reminding mariners of various 2010 amendments to the STCW Convention that will enter into effect on 1 January 2017. These include STCW gap closing requirements; ECDIS limitations; renewal of certain STCW endorsements; and qualified assessor issues. (6/3/16) [http://www.uscg.mil/nmc/announcements/pdfs/010117_stcw_changes_notice.pdf].

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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)

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The USCG National Maritime Center (NMC) issued a notice announcing revisions to the Merchant Mariner Credential (MMC) booklet. All currently active credentials will remain valid until their printed expiration dates. located at http://www.uscg.mil/nmc/announcements/pdfs/new_mmc_announcement.pdf


Coast Guard Sector Boston Prevention Department has announced an Industry Day on April 9th. The meeting will be held at Cottage Park Yacht Club in Winthrop, MA. Registration begins at 8:00am and there will be a $10 fee.  More information is available, along with an agenda, on the press release.

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The USCG National Maritime Center (NMC) issued a notice advising that, in accordance with recent implementation of amendments to the STCW Convention, the Coast Guard will be issuing separate medical certificates to certify compliance by US merchant mariners with minimum medical standards. Further information is provided at the following link. (1/8/14). 

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The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) seeks comments on planned changes to the printing and distribution of nautical charts, including digital charts.  Through 22 January 2014, NOAA is providing free digital chart image files in PDF file format.  Digital charts are also available as NOAA-certified Print-on-Demand charts.  NOAA is providing high-resolution (400 DPI) raster navigational charts of selected areas for public testing and evaluation.  An online seamless viewer of NOAA’s electronic navigation charts is also available.  Comments should be submitted by 3 February.  79 Fed. Reg. 112  

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