Due to ongoing COVID-19 safety and health concerns and technical constraints, the processing of mariner appeals has been delayed.
The National Maritime Center will launch a centralized electronic delivery process (via e-mail) for renewal examinations in order to maintain the flow of mariner credentials during the COVID-19 pandemic.
The National Maritime Center has released guidance to training providers, designated examiners (DEs) , and qualified assessors (QAs) . On March 30, 2020, the Coast Guard published a Marine Safety Information Bulletin 08-20, (Change 1) announcing several updates based on the COVID-19 pandemic.
In an effort to help minimize possible exposure of the novel coronavirus to offshore oil and gas facilities the Outer Continental Shelf Officer in Charge Marine Inspection has published Marine Safety Information Bulletin 20-03 that allows operators to differ the third party inspections associated with the Coast Guard regulated firefighting and lifesaving systems, as well as cranes, until 31 July, 2020.
The TSA is granting a temporary exemption from requirements regarding the expiration of certain Transportation Worker Identification Credentials due to COVID-19.
RDML Richard Timme writes about the Coast Guard’s role in safeguarding the Maritime Transportation System during the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Coast Guard Assistant Commandant for Prevention Policy has published Marine Safety Information Bulletin 14-20 “COVID-19: Ballast Water Management (BWM) Extensions” to clarify adjustments to the extension policy for vessels impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Coast Guard Assistant Commandant for Prevention Policy has published Marine Safety Information Bulletin 13-20 “Transportation Worker Identification Credential (TWIC) Operations” to clarify temporary exemptions to credential expiration related to COVID-19.
The Office of Marine Environmental Response Policy has released Marine Safety Information Bulletin 12-20 as a reminder to facility owners or operators to ensure their facility response plans remain effective.