NVICs


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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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 .

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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 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)

 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.

The US Coast Guard issued a notice stating that it promulgated nine Navigation and Vessel Inspection Circulars (NVICs) aligning Coast Guard policy with recent amendments to the International Convention on Standards of Training, Certification, and Watchkeeping for Seafarers (STCW Convention) and related matters.  The NVICs come into effect immediately.79 Fed. Reg. 10686  (February 26, 2014).