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Federal Register Notice: Guidelines for Obtaining STCW Endorsements for Basic and Advanced IGF Code Operations

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The Coast Guard announced in the Federal Register the availability of CG-MMC Policy Letter 01-21, titled “Guidelines for Obtaining STCW Endorsements for Basic and Advanced IGF Code Operations.”

This policy provides guidance for the issuance of Merchant Mariner Credential endorsements in accordance with the International Convention on Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping for Seafarers, 1978, as amended, and with the Seafarers’ Training, Certification and Watchkeeping Code, for Basic and Advanced Operations on vessels subject to the International Code of Safety for Ships Using Gases or Low Flashpoint Fuels.

Policy Letter 01-21 is available in docket number USCG-2020-0181 on, and also on the National Maritime Center website at​nmc/​policy_​regulations.

For information about this policy, contact James Cavo, U.S. Coast Guard Mariner Credentialing Program Policy Division (CG-MMC-2); telephone (202) 372-1205, email

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