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).
1/24/2019: National Maritime Center issues new bulletin regarding lapse in appropriations and mariner credentials
In this post, the National Maritime Center provides updated information for credentialed mariners who may be affected due to the lapse in appropriations and partial government shutdown.
11/1/2018: MSIB 009-12 (Rev 1) Employment of non-credentialed personnel onboard certain U.S. documented vessels
This revision follows recent adverse port state control actions against U.S. flagged vessels that revealed several cases of U.S.-documented vessels calling on U.S. ports with non-U.S. credentialed personnel instead of U.S. citizens. The intent of this MSIB is to provide information and guidance to vessel owners and operators regarding the provisions for employment of non-U.S. credentialed personnel on board certain U.S. documented vessels, and, the potential negative implications of non-compliance.
The National Maritime Center has noted an increase in the number of Designated Examiner and Qualified Assessor requests being included with Merchant Mariner Credential applications. This has delayed the processing of some DE and QA requests. DE and QA approvals are not MMC endorsements and are not requested through the MMC application process.