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From the Coast Guard 3.14.2018

To continuously improve our services to mariners, the Coast Guard has established a new option for submission of medical certificate applications (CG-719K and CG-719K/E forms). Beginning February 1, 2018, mariners may submit medical certificate only applications directly to the National Maritime Center (NMC). Regional Examination Centers (RECs) will continue to accept medical certificate application submissions as well.

The requirements for submission have not changed with the exception that, beginning on February 1, 2018, submissions to the NMC can be made via e-mail at MEDAIP@uscg.mil. Electronic submission requirements can be found on the NMC website.

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The National Maritime Center (NMC) has received questions from mariners regarding how to determine, from their Approved to Test letter, whether they will be testing under the previous or current regulations. In January 2014, the Coast Guard issued Navigation and Vessel Inspection Circular (NVIC) 02-14 to provide guidance regarding the transition from previous to current mariner credentialing regulations, which went into effect on March 24, 2014. Enclosure (1) of the NVIC provides information regarding whether an applicant will examine under the previous or current regulation.

If the examination code on the Approved to Test Letter is preceded by a Q, the examination module is based on the current regulation. If the examination code is not preceded by a Q, the examination module is based on the previous regulation. All Rules of the Road examination modules will be preceded by a Q, regardless of which regulation the applicant was evaluated under. The module codes are found in the Deck and Engineering Guide for the Administration of Merchant Marine Examinations on the NMC website.

Current Regulation:
Module Module Name Passing Score
Q100 RULES OF THE ROAD: INLAND AND INTERNATIONAL 90
Q160 DECK GENERAL 70
Q161 DECK SAFETY 70
Previous Regulation:
Module Module Name Passing Score
072X1 RULES OF THE ROAD: INLAND AND INTERNATIONAL 70
073 CHART NAVIGATION 90
221 DECK GENERAL + DECK SAFETY & ENVIRONMENTAL 70
PROTECTION
Q100 RULES OF THE ROAD: INLAND AND INTERNATIONAL 90

The NMC is working to update various pages on our website to more clearly reflect this information. Questions should be addressed to the NMC Call center via e-mail at IASKNMC@uscg.mil, by Chat from the NMC Website, or by phone at 1-888-IASKNMC (427-5662).

Sincerely,
Kirsten R. Martin Captain, U.S. Coast Guard
Commanding Officer

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From Bluewater Maritime Consulting:

For Masters and Mates:

The National Maritime Center is now evaluating mariners under the full STCW code. This forces them to apply stricter accounting for sea service and assessment completion in regard to STCW (international) credentialing. To set your crew up for the most efficient path to STCW ratings, new crew should be trained and assessed in RFPNW (Rating Forming Part of a Navigational Watch) skills as soon as possible.

For a mariner to be approved for RFPNW, they need to have completed the assessment checklist, as well as earned 6 months of sea service (or 2 months from an accredited school) and taken Basic Training. Only after they complete their assessments and 180 days of sea service will their days at sea begin counting towards an AS-D (able-seafarer deck) rating.

I recommend all that masters/mates encourage and facilitate the completion of the RFPNW checklist by new crew as soon as possible if they are interested in a career as a merchant mariner.

By encouraging and facilitating early assessment completion, we as masters/mates are jump-starting a new mariner’s professional credentialing process. A crew member who waits several years to work on this checklist is substantially delaying their opportunity to earn an AS-D….<<more>>

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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 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

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