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National Merchant Marine Personnel Advisory Committee appoints new members

The Coast Guard has announced the appointment of 18 individuals to serve as members of the National Merchant Marine Personnel Advisory Committee (N-MERPAC).

N-MERPAC was established on December 4, 2018, by § 601 of the Frank LoBiondo Coast Guard Authorization Act of 2018, Pub. L. No. 115-282, 132 Stat. 4192 and is codified in 46 U.S.C. §15103. The Committee advises, consults with, and makes recommendations to the Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security through the Commandant of the United States Coast Guard on matters relating to personnel in the United States Merchant Marine including the training, qualifications, certification, documentation, and fitness of mariners.

Membership is composed of nineteen members (a Qualified Member of the Engine Department is set to be appointed later) from the following groups, and in the following numbers:

  • Nine members shall represent mariners and each shall be a United States citizen holding credentials issued under 46 U.S.C. chapter 71 or merchant mariner documents issued under 46 U.S.C. chapter 73.  And of those nine:
    • Three shall be deck officers who represent merchant marine deck officers and, of those three: two shall be licensed for oceans any gross tons; one shall be licensed for inland river route with limited or unlimited tonnage; two shall have a master’s license or a master of towing vessels license; one shall have significant tanker experience; and to the extent practicable, one shall represent labor and one shall represent management;
    • Three shall be engineering officers who represent merchant marine engineering officers and, of the three: two shall be licensed as chief engineer any horsepower; one shall be licensed as either a limited chief engineer or a designated duty engineer; and to the extent practicable, one shall represent labor and one shall represent management;
    • Two shall be unlicensed seamen who represent merchant marine unlicensed seaman and, of the two: one shall be endorsed as able-bodied seamen; and one shall represent qualified members of the engine department (still to be appointed); and
    • One shall be a pilot who represents merchant marine pilots.
  • Six members shall represent marine educators and, of the six:
    • Three shall be marine educators who represent maritime academies and, of the three: two shall represent State maritime academies and are jointly recommended by such academies; and one shall represent either the State maritime academies or the United States Merchant Marine Academy; and
    • Three shall be marine educators who represent other maritime training institutions and, of the three, one shall represent the small vessel industry.
    • Two members shall represent shipping companies employed in ship operation management.
    • Two members shall represent the general public.

Each member holds office for a term up to three years.

N-MERPAC Members Appointed 2021
Member:Representing:Term Expiration:
Captain Michael A. AllenCredentialed Deck OfficersAugust 16, 2024
Captain Lindsey M. PriceCredentialed Deck OfficersAugust 16, 2024
Captain Kevin DuschenchukCredentialed Deck OfficersAugust 16, 2024
Chief Rosemary G. MackayCredentialed Engineering OfficersAugust 16, 2024
Chief Colin B. CarterCredentialed Engineering OfficersAugust 16, 2024
Chief Gary C. FrommeltCredentialed Engineering OfficersAugust 16, 2024
Ms. Berit ErikssonCredentialed with Ratings as Able Bodied SeamenAugust 16, 2024
Captain Chrisopher R. BrownCredentialed Deck Officers endorsed as Merchant Marine PilotsAugust 16, 2024
Captain Ernest J. FinkState Maritime AcademiesAugust 16, 2024
Captain Augusta D. RothState Maritime AcademiesAugust 16, 2024
Captain George E. EdenfieldUnited States Merchant Marine AcademyAugust 16, 2024
Captain Gerard C. PannellMaritime Training Institutions Other than AcademiesAugust 16, 2024
Captain Theodore MorleyMaritime Training Institutions Other than AcademiesAugust 16, 2024
Ms. Laura GillMaritime Training Institutions Other than AcademiesAugust 16, 2024
Mr. John R. Fontenot IICompanies Employed in Ship Operation ManagementAugust 16, 2024
Ms. Cody RoblesCompanies Employed in Ship Operation ManagementAugust 16, 2024
Mr. Philip G. CarsonGeneral PublicAugust 16, 2024
Fr. Sinclair OubreGeneral PublicAugust 16, 2024
To Be AppointedCredentialed with Ratings as Qualified Member of the Engine DepartmentTBD

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