Extension of deadlines for applications due to government shutdown.
The USCG has issued Policy Letter (No. 11-15) describing policy and forthcoming regulations allowing certain mariners without a valid Transportation Worker Identification Credential (TWIC) to acquire and renew a Merchant Mariner Credential. A more detailed description of the changes and how they affect individual mariners is available on the National Maritime Site.
With the advent of "Google Alerts" and news media hypervigilant for misfortune, the list of marine casualties seems to have grown longer in the past few years.
This is probably because in the past, maritime incidents were only newsworthy if they involved passenger deaths and/or oil spills. In fact, accidents do happen more than we think, as this log will attest.
Crawford Nautical provides assistance to mariners trying to determine what credential they might be eligible for, what authority their current credential confers, what might be the best way to upgrade a credential. Please email us at Credential Assistance if you would like help.
Dangerous Liquid Cargo Course
Crawford Nautical School is now offering a Dangerous Liquid Cargo (Tankerman Familiarization) Course. The class meets USCG and STCW requirements for Tankerman P-I-C, Tankerman Barge, Tankerman Assistant and Tankerman Engineer. The next scheduled class is March 24 to March 28, 2014. For additional information, contact the School.
On December 24, 2013, the Coast Guard published in the Federal Register the "Implementation of the Amendments to the International Convention on Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping for Seafarers [STCW],1978, and Changes to National Endorsements; Final Rule." 46 Code of Federal Regulations Parts 1, 10, 11,12, 13, 14 and 15 have been affected. Most of the changes are intended to bring the US into full conformity with the STCW, including what are called the Manila Amendments of 2010. However other changes have been made to "national" (formerly described as "domestic") credentials. The document is over 200 pages. We will post here changes that have the most immediate impact on mariners. A link to the Publication of the Final Rule can be found on the Home Page of the National Maritime Center.>