The National Maritime Center updates evolving COVID-19 guidelines daily. Here are the most recent:
- June 4: Extensions of Mariner Credentials, Medical Certificates, Course Approvals and More because of COVID-19
- May 22: Delays in Processing Mariners’ Appeals Due to COVID-19
- April 23: Guidance for Mariner Training Providers
- April 3: TWIC & COVID-19
- March 30: Extension of Validity of Mariner Credentials Due to COVID-19
- March 30: Regional Examination Center Closures
- March 19: COVID-19 Program Updates
- March 13: Electronic Submissions & COVID-19
The National Maritime Center and the State of Washington have temporarily approved our delivery of several courses through a combination of in-classroom and on-line training. Enrollment is limited. The approval is valid through June 2020, with the possibility of extension contingent upon Public Health considerations. These courses are:
NMC Applications & Forms
- Drug Testing Form CG-719P
- Alternatively, mariners may submit a letter from their employer confirming that the mariner is subject to a random drug testing program and containing the following language:
“(APPLICANT’S NAME/SSN) has been subject to a random testing program meeting the criteria of Title 46 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) 16.230 for at least 60 days during the previous 185 days, and has not failed nor refused to participate in a chemical test for dangerous drugs.” This paragraph can be included in the mariner’s sea-time letter.
- Finding a Drug Testing Site
Mariners whose sea service has been acquired on vessels less than 200 GT may document their service either by a letter from their employer or form CG-719S.
Occasionally even the finest people find themselves entangled with the law. As part of the evaluation process for a prospective officer, the Coast Guard wants to know details. One or even multiple prosecutions or convictions will not necessarily scotch the deal. Nonetheless, the candidate for a credential must disclose certain information. A relatively new form, CG-719C, can be used for this purpose. Remember that while the TWIC screening will return a history, it is extremely important that the Coast Guard also be informed by the mariner as well.
Given the complexity of a sea-going career, mariners are not always able to keep meticulous copies of sea-time submitted on previous license applications. Fortunately the Coast Guard almost always has access to those earlier submissions. To get a copy of one’s record (including already submitted sea-time), mariners can submit a records request using the Correspondence Request form.