Mariner Credentialing

Changes to Navigation and Vessel Inspection Circulars 02-18 and 24-14

The Coast Guard has published Change 2 to Navigation and Vessel Inspection Circular (NVIC) 02-18, Guidelines on Qualification for STCW Endorsements as Officer in Charge of a Navigational Watch of Vessels of Less Than 500 GT, and Change 3 to Navigation and Vessel Inspection Circular (NVIC) 24-14, Guidelines on Qualification for STCW Endorsements as Electro-Technical Rating on Vessels Powered by Main Propulsion Machinery of 750 kW/1,000 HP or More. 

Change 2 to NVIC 02-18 revises NVIC 02-18 toindicate that the Coast Guard will not enforce the 3 month maximum allowable substitution for credible sea service in a rating capacity. This removes a barrier to mariners seeking to qualify for an STCW endorsement as Officer in Charge of a Navigational Watch of Vessels of Less Than 500 GT via the “hawsepipe.”

Change 3 to NVIC 24-14 revises NVIC 24-14 to indicate that the Coast Guard will allow mariners to qualify for an STCW endorsement as Electro-Technical Rating (ETR) without completing approved training for high voltage systems or computer systems and maintenance. 

These NVICs, including these changes, are available on the Coast Guard NVICs website.Mariners and other interested parties should contact the Mariner Credentialing Program Policy Division at MMCPolicy@uscg.mil or (202) 372-2357 with any questions or feedback.

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