USCG announces big changes for prospective hawespipers…

Figures the Coast Guard would drop this news right before the holiday weekend.  Thanks to our friends on watch in the Gulf of Mexico who gave us the heads-up... AS OF JULY 1, 2011, NMC POLICY LETTERS 01-02 and 16-02 ARE CANCELLED Please see the below details from the USCG... Qualification for an STCW Endorsement as Officer in Charge of a Navigational Watch … [Read more...]

Changes to Coast Guard medical form cause problems for merchant mariners

The National Maritime Center has been making unannounced changes to the Merchant Mariner Credential Medical Evaluation Report form needed for the application for the Merchant Mariner Credential.  According to AMO Currents, in some cases, the changes have even caused applications to be rejected. They tell us: The U.S. Coast Guard's National Maritime Center has apparently … [Read more...]

Changes to medical processing at the National Maritime Center

On April 12th, the USCG came out with a bulletin from the National Maritime Center (NMC) announcing several changes to the Mariner Medical Evaluations Division.  These changes were made with the intention of improving customer service, while at the same time, ensuring public safety remains the priority for the issuance of Mariner credentials at the NMC. The following are a … [Read more...]

Evolution Of Security – A Blog By TSA

In an unusual turn of events the TSA (United States' Transportation Security Agency) has launched a blog! While the review on NPR's show "On The Media" was positive, with the agency reportedly solving problems identified by readers, you have to wonder about the name, "Evolution Of Security", and the bloggers themselves. You can find the blogger profiles HERE but the following … [Read more...]

Where is my license? NMC / REC Delay Chart

For those mariners awaiting license review at the Coast Guard's National Maritime Center ( USCG NMC ) here's a breakdown of the status of all applications. Capt. David Stalfort has published a memo with the following comments that might help you figure out what this all means. The Quality Assurance Division at NMC conducted a nationwide analysis of 11,619 … [Read more...]