Category: Mariner Credentialing

Federal Register Notice: Merchant Marine Personnel Advisory Committee; April 2020 Teleconference

The Merchant Marine Personnel Advisory Committee will meet via teleconference April 8, 2020 to discuss issues related to the training and fitness of merchant marine personnel. The meetings will be open to the public.

MSIB: Novel Coronovirus – Mariner Credentials

The Coast Guard has published MSIB 08-20 to provide guidance concerning mariner credentials and medical certificates and the action being taken by the Coast Guard due to the novel coronavirus and the disease it causes (COVID-19).

Marine industry internship program helps Coast Guard stay in tune with industry

The Marine Industry Training program launched in 1948 and gives participants the chance to step outside of their roles in the Coast Guard and shadow industry or inter-agency partners.

Coast Guard Commandant to deliver State of the Coast Guard address in Charleston

During the address, Adm. Karl Schultz will highlight the importance of South Carolina’s ports and waterways to the nation and the vital role the Coast Guard plays in Charleston to ensure continued global security and economic prosperity.

Potential for Positive Drug Test Result from Use of Hemp-Plant Products

This Marine Safety Advisory is to ensure that mariners, marine employers, and sponsoring organizations are aware that some products marketed as hemp or cannabidiol (CBD) may contain enough tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) to cause a positive drug test.

Marine Safety Information Bulletin: Novel Coronavirus update

The Coast Guard Director of Incident Management and Preparedness issued Marine Safety Information Bulletin 02-20, “Novel Coronavirus,” to provide additional information and guidance to the maritime community regarding the current novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) outbreak.

National Maritime Center: Updates to mariner examination process for 2020

The National Maritime Center posted a bulletin to its website announcing the following changes to the mariner examination process at its Regional Exam Centers. The changes take affect April 6, 2020.

Update to Qualified Assessor Requirements

In this post, the Merchant Credentialing Program Policy Division is providing guidance to mariners in consideration of the limited number of approved Qualified Assessors available to conduct STCW assessments.

Merchant Mariner Examination Working Group 2020 meeting schedule

Section 315 of the 2015 Coast Guard Authorization Act requires the Coast Guard to commission a working group to review existing and new examination questions for accuracy and availability of examination references. Examination question review is an opportunity to help the National Maritime Center and other mariners make long-term improvements to the knowledge examination system.

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