The webinars are scheduled for March 12 and March 14, and will cover upcoming changes in the merchant mariner medical certification, and Federal, State, and local resources that can assist employers in finding, hiring, and training veterans in the maritime transportation industry.
The Coast Guard granted extensions of national endorsements for any mariner whose Merchant Mariner Credential (MMC) expired on or after Dec. 1, 2016. The extension was effective immediately and remains valid until Sept. 30, 2017. Mariners are not authorized to sail on an expired MMC after Sept. 30, 2017. Mariners are encouraged to apply for renewal as soon as possible. Overall processing time for applications remains approximately 60 days. The extension does not apply to STCW endorsements or medical certificates.
The National Maritime Center, on March 1, 2017, returned to a first in, first out inventory process and continues to work to drive down both inventory and processing times.