Merchant Mariners Credential


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 Bryants Maritime Blog

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

 

As of October 1, 2015, the United States Coast Guard has implemented the use of the new CG-719 series of forms (B, C, K, K/E, P, and S) that will replace the forms displaying a June 30, 2012, expiration date.

The Coast Guard will not stock the CG-719 series of forms in paper format. These forms may be obtained electronically in a PDF fillable format on the National Maritime Center (NMC) website. Additional updates to the NMC website will occur as quickly as possible to reflect the new forms.

The Coast Guard encourages providers and applicants to purge the old forms from inventory and to begin using the new forms as soon as possible. In order to avoid penalizing mariners who have already completed their forms, the NMC will continue to accept the old forms for a period of time.

With the exception of forms K and K/E, the Coast Guard will no longer accept outdated CG-719 forms after April 1, 2016. For the K and K/E, forms signed by a physician after December 31, 2015, must be the new form version. In accordance with 46CFR10.304(d), the K or K/E must be submitted within 12 months of the date signed by a licensed medical professional, therefore, the Coast Guard will no longer accept outdated K or K/E forms after December 31, 2016.

Here is the entire announcement from the National Maritime Center

Maritime Commons attended an open house hosted by the Coast Guard’s National Maritime Center to provide updates on the credentialing process, future credentialing policies and their impacts on mariners and industry.

The National Maritime Center’s Commanding Officer, Capt. Jeffrey Novotny, provided opening remarks and updates on the NMC’s operations and initiatives.

For those of you who were unable to attend, Maritime Commons is providing a condensed version of Novotny’s remarks in a four-part series. These remarks are not ‘as delivered’ but provide a condensed version of the highlights for your informational purposes…

Delivered by Capt. Jeffrey Novotny, Coast Guard National Maritime Center commanding officer:

We are here to serve and assist the mariner in getting credentials. Our goal is to do this as efficient and effectively as possible.

The Coast Guard’s credentialing program is a three-legged stool:

The Office of Operating and Environmental Standards, Maritime Personnel Qualifications Division creates the regulations

The Office of Commercial Vessel Compliance, Mariner Credentialing Program Policy Division works with regulations to create policy

The National Maritime Center implements the regulation and policy

These program elements meet regularly because there’s nothing worse than a program that isn’t aligned. (more…)

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TSA – TWIC card services

The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) issued a notice stating that it is upgrading the technology used for issuance of Transportation Worker Identification Credentials (TWICs). During the system upgrade, specific TWIC card services will be temporarily unavailable. Services for Card Transfers, Card Replacements, and Extended Expiration Date (EED) TWIC will be unavailable from 22 April through 4 May. If you need to utilize these services and require your TWIC prior to or during this time, place your order no later than 14 April. Card Pick-Up, Activation, and Personal Identification Number (PIN) Resets will be unavailable from 26 April through 4 May. (4/4/14).

 The Coast Guard has issued the first of several bulletins discussing the implementation of the U. S. Qualified Assessor Program established in the final rule titled “Implementation of the Amendments to the International Convention on Standards of Training, Certification, and Watchkeeping for Seafarers (STCW), 1978, and Changes to National Endorsements” (78 FR 77796).

A Qualified Assessor (QA) is a person that the Coast Guard deems qualified to evaluate whether an applicant has demonstrated the necessary level of competence in the task for which the assessment is being made. For more information, read the Qualified Assessor Program Bulletin.

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