Notice of Availability: Change to NVIC regarding use of electronic charts and publications in lieu of paper charts, maps and publications

This NVIC provides that U.S. vessels may access navigation publications electronically, through underway connectivity, to meet domestic carriage and Safety of Life at Sea certification requirements.

Regional Examination Center St. Louis permanently relocates

Regional Exam Center (REC) St. Louis has been permanently relocated from the 7th Floor to the 8th Floor of the Robert A. Young Federal Building.

Commercial Fishing Occupational Safety Research Cooperative Agreement and Training Project Grant award recipients named

The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) and the U.S. Coast Guard are pleased to announce the recipients of the 2019 Commercial Fishing Occupational Safety Research Cooperative Agreement and Training Project Grant Program. This year’s program made nine awards totaling $5.25 million to support critical research and training projects to improve the occupational safety of workers in the high-risk commercial fishing industry.

Crediting recent sea service of personnel serving on vessels of the Uniformed Services

The Coast Guard proposes to increase from 3 years to 7 years the period within which qualifying sea service aboard vessels of the uniformed services can be used to satisfy the requirement for recent sea service to qualify for a Merchant Mariner Credential with a national officer endorsement.

Policy Letter: Guidance for vessel requests to participate in hurricane relief operations

The Coast Guard recognizes that sealift capacity is an efficient and effective means to provide relief supplies following hurricane damage. Vessels operating within the conditions outlined in their Certificate of Inspection, generally, do not need additional permission from the Coast Guard to engage in relief operations. This policy provides guidelines for Coast Guard personnel when considering requests for vessels to participate in hurricane operations.

MSIB: Passenger vessel compliance and operational readiness

On September 2, 2019, the small passenger vessel Conception caught fire and sank off the coast of Santa Cruz Island, California with loss of life. This bulletin identifies regulations related to firefighting, lifesaving, preparations for emergencies, and means of escape that serve as a reminder for owner and operators to ensure the safety of the passengers and crew while onboard.

Proposed termination of Coast Guard medium frequency broadcast of Navigational Telex (NAVTEX) and shift to satellite

The Coast Guard is requesting public comments until Nov. 12, 2019, on its proposal to cease broadcasting Navigational Telex over Medium Frequency.

Online mariner credential verification tool temporarily unavailable

While technicians work to resolve the issue, credentials may be verified by contacting the National Maritime Center directly.

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