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7/6/2016: Change to organizational structure related to mariner credentialing program

The U.S. Coast Guard has recently implemented a change to its organizational structure, under the assistant commandant for prevention policy, related to its mariner credentialing program (MCP).

The Coast Guard is consolidating the MCP under the newly created Office of Merchant Mariner Credentialing. By taking this action, the Coast Guard will improve mission execution and gain organizational efficiency by ensuring all aspects of our credentialing program report to a single directorate. This creates one centralized office at Coast Guard headquarters responsible for all technical aspects, including statutory, regulatory and policy development related to the mariner credentialing program. The director of standards will now have responsibility for all aspects of the credentialing program, including oversight of the National Maritime Center’s operations, as well as the newly created Office of Merchant Mariner Credentialing (CG-MMC).

Some of the benefits include:

  • Improved customer support
  • Consistency
  • Gained efficiency


The new office has been stood up and the necessary changes to Title 46 of the Code of Federal Regulations have been made to transfer the various regulatory authorities to this office.

For more information on these changes, please view the announcement in the Federal Register.

Questions on the new office should be e-mailed to MerchantMarinerCredentialing@uscg.mil or you may call (202) 372-1492.

This blog is not a replacement or substitute for the formal posting of regulations and updates or existing processes for receiving formal feedback of the same. Links provided on this blog will direct the reader to official source documents, such as the Federal Register, Homeport and the Code of Federal Regulations. These documents remain the official source for regulatory information published by the Coast Guard.

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