Temporary guidance for renewal of Merchant Mariner Credentials during the COVID-19 pandemic

The Office of Merchant Mariner Credentialing has published a policy letter provides temporary guidance for renewal of a Merchant Mariner Credential (MMC) and STCW endorsements.

MSIB: Novel Coronavirus – Mariner Credentials – Update (Change 3)

The Coast Guard has published MSIB 08-20 (Change 3) to update guidance concerning mariner credentials, medical certificates and course approvals, and the action being taken by the Coast Guard due to the novel coronavirus and the disease it causes (COVID-19).

Request for information on integration of automated and autonomous commercial vessels and vessel technologies into the Maritime Transportation System

The Coast Guard is interested in hearing from the public on a range of issues related to the potential introduction and development of automated and autonomous technologies aboard commercial vessels or any automated and autonomous vessels subject to U.S. jurisdiction and U.S. port facilities.

Coast Guard requesting comments to improve Nation’s shallow draft waterways ATON system

The U.S. Coast Guard is conducting a Waterways Analysis and Management System Study on the Shallow Draft system. Waterway users, interested parties, and stakeholders are invited to provide comments or feedback.

New NBIC Ballast Water Management Reporting Form released: OMB # 1625-0069

On 20 July 2020 the United States Coast Guard received approval from the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) adopting revisions to the Ballast Water Management Reporting Form (OMB number 1625-0069, expiration date 31 July 2023).

Coast Guard seeking input from Qualified Members of Engine Department (QMED) for Job Task Analysis

The Coast Guard is seeking input from mariners who hold Merchant Mariner Credential endorsements as Qualified Member of the Engine Department (QMED) to validate information gathered as part of a Job Task Analysis (JTA).

Marine Safety Center receives new application for ballast water management system type approval

The Coast Guard Marine Safety Center received an application for Ballast Water Management System type approval for the KBAL Ballast Water Management System manufactured by Knutsen Ballast Water AS.

Eighth District MSIB: Extension of third party surveys – Update (Change 1)

In light of the ongoing COVID-19 crisis the Outer Continental Shelf Officer in Charge, Marine Inspection is permitting the extension of third party surveys for firefighting and lifesaving equipment until 30 September on a case-by-case basis.

USCG Cruise Ship National Center of Expertise Newsletter – Summer Issue

The Coast Guard’s Cruise Ship National Center of Expertise (CSNCOE) has published The Summer Issue of the CSNCOE Newsletter which provides information on national and international policies as well as highlights success […]

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