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Merchant Mariner Credential Examinations during COVID-19 – Update

Submitted by Capt. Kirsten R. Martin
Commanding Officer, National Maritime Center

The Coast Guard is aware of the need to restart the examination process to allow mariners to obtain or upgrade credentials. We know the closure of our Regional Exam Centers (REC) and Monitoring Units (MU) due to COVID-19 has negatively affected mariners, maritime employers, and the industry as a whole.

The National Maritime Center (NMC) is working to safely reopen all examination rooms. To date, we have reopened REC Honolulu, REC Houston, REC Juneau, MU Ketchikan, and MU San Juan.

Due to social distancing requirements, our exam room capacity is reduced by nearly 50 percent. For that reason, we are looking at alternative means to provide examination services.

The NMC remains committed to working with the maritime industry to create testing opportunities. We welcome your comments and suggestions. Please address your ideas, questions, or concerns to or 1-888-IASKNMC (427-5662).

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 publications, such as the Federal Register, Homeport and the Code of Federal Regulations. These publications remain the official source for regulatory information published by the Coast Guard.

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