Licensing & Training

REC New York reopens in new location

(NEW YORK) — Regional Exam Center (REC) New York has reopened for examination services in the Federal Building at 201 Varick Street in Lower Manhattan. Specific information regarding the REC’s physical address, hours of operation, and entry requirements can be…

NMC cites possible issues with recent Pay.gov payments

(MARTINSBURG, W.Va.) — The National Maritime Center (NMC) recently became aware of a problem with the merchant mariner user fee payment form on the Pay.gov website. During the last 90 days, mariners who attempted to pay examination and/or issuance fees…

SAFETY BULLETIN: Updated COVID mask requirements for mariners

(WASHINGTON) — The Coast Guard assistant commandant for prevention policy has published Marine Safety Information Bulletin 02-21 Change 3, “COVID-19 Safety Requirements in the Maritime Transportation System,” to provide notification that mariners on “non-passenger-carrying commercial vessels operated by a team…

Coast Guard updates qualified assessor requirements

(WASHINGTON) — The 2010 amendments to the STCW Convention came into force on Jan. 1, 2017. These amendments were incorporated into regulation as part of the final rule titled “Implementation of the Amendments to the International Convention on Standards of…

Crowley, Mass. Maritime partner to train offshore wind workers

(JACKSONVILLE, Fla.) — Crowley Maritime Corp. and Massachusetts Maritime Academy (MMA) will create a first-of-its-kind training and workforce development program dedicated specifically to New England’s offshore wind energy industry. The partnership, which was announced during the International Offshore Wind Partnering…

NMC update: MMC application processing times

(MARTINSBURG, W.Va.) — The National Maritime Center (NMC) continues to experience increased merchant mariner credential (MMC) and medical certificate application processing times. Every effort is being made to reduce these times and return credential delivery to within our stated performance…

San Jacinto College maritime courses eligible for GI benefits

(HOUSTON) — The San Jacinto College Maritime Technology & Training Center’s non-credit U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) approved courses are now eligible for GI Bill education benefit certification through the Texas Veterans Commission. “Every veteran has earned these benefits through sacrifice.…

Former MAMA official gets 45-month sentence for credential scheme

(NORFOLK, Va.) — A Virginia Beach man was sentenced Monday to 45 months in prison for mail fraud, wire fraud and aggravated identity theft in connection with a scheme to create counterfeit merchant mariner certificates from Mid-Atlantic Maritime Academy (MAMA).…

Maine Maritime requiring students to be vaccinated for COVID-19

(CASTINE, Maine) — Maine Maritime Academy (MMA) has announced a COVID-19 vaccine requirement for students this fall. Students will be required to complete the vaccination process by Oct. 1. MMA will begin welcoming students back to campus later this month…

NMC to open renovated New York exam center on Aug. 23

(NEW YORK) — Regional Exam Center (REC) New York’s historical location in the Battery Park building is undergoing a major renovation that is expected to last a minimum of 12 months. During the renovation, REC New York is being relocated…

BIMCO/ICS report warns of potential officer shortage

(LONDON) — The new Seafarer Workforce Report from BIMCO and the International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) warns that the industry must significantly increase training and recruitment levels if it is to avoid a serious shortage in the supply of officers…

Coast Guard announces cancellation of obsolete NVICs

(WASHINGTON) — The U.S. Coast Guard has announced the cancellation of several obsolete navigation and vessel inspection circulars (NVICs). NVICs are guidance documents issued by the Coast Guard that do not have the force of law. However, NVICs ensure Coast…

NMC issues update for email renewal examinations

(MARTINSBURG, W.Va.) — The National Maritime Center (NMC) launched a centralized electronic delivery process (via e-mail) for renewal examinations in May 2020. Over 1,200 mariners have completed more than 3,000 examination modules using this process, and the feedback regarding the…

ABS publishes guidance on reduced manning for offshore assets

(HOUSTON) — Guidance on the technology, systems and regulations needed for minimizing human presence on offshore facilities has been published by the American Bureau of Shipping (ABS). "Reduced Manning on Offshore Facilities" introduces some of the considerations essential for remotely…

National Maritime Center restoring REC counter service appointments

(MARTINSBURG, W.Va.) — The National Maritime Center (NMC) will resume counter service appointments for the Regional Examination Centers (RECs) listed below beginning Monday, July 19. Limited examination services will continue. Mariners seeking to schedule counter service or examination appointments may…

Five more plead guilty in Coast Guard test-fixing scheme

(NEW ORLEANS) — U.S. Attorney Duane A. Evans announced additional guilty pleas related to a test score-fixing scheme at a United States Coast Guard exam center, bringing the total number of defendants convicted in this matter to 26. On June…