National Maritime Center – Surge in applications

The NMC has experienced a significant surge in application submissions for Merchant Mariner Credentials (MMC) over the last several months. NMC staff are taking prompt action to process these applications, along with any previously pending applications, as quickly as possible.

Marine Safety Alert: BSEE & USCG identify delayed T-Time execution, poor operational decisions, and equipment breakdowns as contributors to a drillship’s unsuccessful attempt to avoid Hurricane Ida

The Coast Guard Office of Investigations and Analysis has released Marine Safety Alert 05-22, to addresses an extreme weather event involving a Mobile Offshore Drilling Unit (MODU) conducting well operations in the Gulf of Mexico.

2022 Rear Admiral William M. Benkert Award Winners

The U.S. Coast Guard is pleased to announce the award recipients for the 2022 Biennial Rear Admiral William M. Benkert Marine Environmental Protection Award for Excellence. 

Industry Notice: LGC NCOE and MSU Port Arthur

This notice provides awareness to liquefied natural gas carrier (LNGCs) owners and operators regarding the LGC NCOE’s offshore Certificate of Compliance (COC) examination program during the Coast Guard’s Liquefied Gas Carrier Accelerated Program (LGCAP) 22-02.

Great Lakes Pilotage Advisory Committee appoints new members

The Coast Guard has announced the appointment of two individuals to serve as members of the Great Lakes Pilotage Advisory Committee (GLPAC).

Policy Letter: Verification of training and drills for personnel assigned special or emergency duties on floating Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) Facilities (FOFs)

The Coast Guard District 8 Outer Continental Shelf Officer in Charge Marine Inspection has issued Policy Letter 01-2022, “Verification of Training and Drills for Personnel Assigned Special or Emergency Duties on Floating Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) Facilities (FOFs)” May 3, 2022, and cancels D8 Policy Letter 03-2000, CH-1, Policy on Manning of Non-Self-Propelled Floating Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) Facilities.

IMO Maritime Safety Committee highlights importance of safe and inclusive culture for maritime professionals

During the 105th session of the IMO Maritime Safety Committee, members agreed to the establishment of an IMO/ILO joint group to consider bullying and harassment in the maritime sector, including sexual assault and sexual harassment, taking into account information submitted by interested parties, with a view to providing recommendations for future steps, including the development of legislation, mechanisms and policies, and the launching of awareness campaigns by relevant stakeholders, aimed at reporting and addressing these matters.

Navigation and Vessel Inspection Circular (NVIC) 01-20 – Updated frequently asked questions

The Coast Guard published a Frequently Asked Questions document supporting Navigation and Vessel Inspection Circular 01-20 and cyber inclusion in Facility Security Plans.

Merchant Mariner Examination Working Group (Update)

The National Maritime Center (NMC) is hosting an examination working group from June 14-16, 2022, in accordance with 46 USC 7510 to review USCG Engine Officer examination questions from various topics listed in 46 CFR 11.950, and is soliciting participants.

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