Archive | NMC Announcements

NMC announcements, policy and regulatory changes.

Exam Questions Bank Removed

As of September 1, 2016, USCG examination questions are no longer published.  In place of the questions, NMC provides an outline of merchant mariner examination topics as well as sample examinations. Years ago the questions were not published.  Then, in response to FOIA requests, the questions were released.  A few years later the questions were once […]

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Postponement of QA Requirements

On June 6, 2016, and again on July 7, 2016, NMC announced it is postponing the requirement that STCW assessments be signed off by a “Qualified Assessor.”  NMC anticipated that there would not be enough QAs to meet the requirement by the end of 2016, so the deadline was pushed back one year, to December 31, 2017.  Until that […]

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Polar Training

CG-CVC Policy Letter 01-16 provides guidelines for the training of personnel on vessels subject to the International Code for Ships Operating in Polar Waters (Polar Code).  “Polar Waters” are defined as including the Arctic and Antarctic.  The latter are defined as follows: Antarctic Waters are those waters south of 60° South. Arctic Waters means those waters […]

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Update to Pay.gov

February 6, 2016: The site for paying credential fees, Pay.gov, has been significantly updated.  Mariners will now be able to pay for multiple transactions, for example officer and ratings endorsements, on a single page.  To get to the NMC site, go to “Find an Agency” and click under “H,” for “Homeland Security: US Coast Guard, […]

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Mind the STCW Gap-(Closing)

STCW deadlines have arrived for STCW-credentialed mariners as well as mariners renewing their credentials.  As of January 1, 2017, mariners will have had to update their credentials (“close the gaps”) to continue sailing under the authority of STCW 2010.  However, for those who could not meet that deadline, all is not lost.  While the STCW […]

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Submitting Applications

January 8, 2016: In an announcement today, NMC emphasizes that Credential and Medical applications MUST be submitted to the Regional Examination Center and not directly to the National Maritime Center or any Coast Guard Office.  The applications may be submitted by mail, by fax, in person or, preferably, electronically.  Applications submitted directly to NMC “may” be […]

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“Recency” & Military Personnel

October 16, 2015: CG-CVC Policy Letter No. 15-03 significantly changes the “recency” requirements for uniformed service personnel.  Effective immediately, National Officer endorsements will be issued to otherwise eligible applicants who have 90 days of qualified service on vessels of the uniformed services within the 7-year period immediately preceding application.  This change only applies to applicants […]

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NMC Status Update Emails

The automated emails mariners receive in response to submitted applications have been changed to provide greater clarity and to distinguish between Credential and Medical applications.  In the past, the generic content of these initial emails (“awaiting information”) had been the source of confusion and concern. The email includes the applicant’s Mariner Reference Number and Application […]

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