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The Coast Guard posted a notice inviting comments from shipping companies, masters or individuals in charge of a vessel on the Certificate of Discharge to Merchant Mariner, form CG-718A.
Title 46, USC 10311 requires each master or individual in charge of a vessel to prepare form CG-718A. This document is used to establish evidence of sea service aboard U.S. flagged merchant vessels for merchant mariners to upgrade credentials, establish proof of eligibility for union and other benefits and in litigation where vessel service is an issue.
The information collected provides the Coast Guard evidence of sea service used in determining eligibility for issuance of a merchant mariner credential, to determine eligibility for various benefits such as medical and retirement, and to provide information to the U.S. Maritime Administration, or MARAD, on the availability of mariners in a time of national emergency.
View the Federal Register notice for further details and information on how to comment.
In particular, the Coast Guard would appreciate comments addressing:
(1) The practical utility of the Collections;
(2) The accuracy of the estimated burden of the Collections;
(3) Ways to enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of information subject to the Collections;
(4) Ways to minimize the burden of the Collections on respondents, including the use of automated collection techniques or other forms of information technology.
All comments and related material must be submitted on or before November 17, 2014.
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