Tag Archives | Credential

(03-15) Fishing Vessel Engineers

March 12, 2015: This policy letter was issued to clarify long-standing confusion on the credential requirements for engineers on Uninspected Fishing Vessels.  In the past, the phrase “. . . an individual engaged or employed to perform the duties of chief engineer . . . ” has been variously interpreted, sometimes in ways that suggest the […]

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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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