OMSA: Let entry-level mariners work offshore while awaiting MMC

OMSA: Let entry-level mariners work offshore while awaiting MMC

(NEW ORLEANS) — The Offshore Marine Service Association (OMSA) has petitioned the U.S. Coast Guard to allow entry-level mariners to start working offshore while their applications for a merchant mariner credential (MMC) are being approved by the National Maritime Center. Specifically, OMSA proposed that the Coast Guard reinstate the use of a form called a “temporary certificate of identification” for…
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Delay on your MMC application? Five reasons why it might be happening

Delay on your MMC application? Five reasons why it might be happening

(MARTINSBURG, W.Va.) — The National Maritime Center (NMC) receives more than 50,000 applications annually from mariners applying for merchant mariner credentials (MMCs). On average, more than 50 percent of those applications are incomplete or missing information, which causes delays in processing and frustration for mariners. A total of 66,796 awaiting information (AI) reasons were issued in 2021 for MMC applications.…
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Coast Guard Foundation kicks off 2022 scholarship season

Coast Guard Foundation kicks off 2022 scholarship season

(STONINGTON, Conn.) — The Coast Guard Foundation, a nonprofit organization committed to strengthening the Coast Guard community and service by supporting members and families, has kicked off its 2022 scholarship season. Accepting applications from Feb. 1 through March 15, children of Coast Guard members may apply for annual scholarships ranging from $1,000 to $5,000 to fund undergraduate education or training…
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NMC cites high inventory of training course, program approval requests

NMC cites high inventory of training course, program approval requests

(MARTINSBURG, W.Va.) — The inventory of course and program approval requests remains high, causing National Maritime Center (NMC) staff to begin evaluating requests more than 90 days after submittal by requesters. In an effort to drive inventory down, the NMC is taking the following actions: • The NMC will extend all courses and programs that expire between Jan. 31, 2022,…
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Marine safety information bulletin: Reporting sexual assaults on US vessels

Marine safety information bulletin: Reporting sexual assaults on US vessels

(WASHINGTON) — The Coast Guard assistant commandant for prevention policy has published Marine Safety Information Bulletin 11-21 “Reporting Sexual Assaults on U.S. Vessels” to emphasize that sexual assault is a crime, and when the assault occurs aboard a U.S. documented vessel, the Coast Guard must be notified. While the law requires the master or individual in charge of a U.S.…
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Crowley awards memorial scholarships to two Maine Maritime Academy cadets

Crowley awards memorial scholarships to two Maine Maritime Academy cadets

(JACKSONVILLE, Fla.) ­— Crowley has awarded cadets Nicholas Sobkow and Amber Card from Maine Maritime Academy with Thomas B. Crowley Sr. Memorial Scholarships. The students were honored based on their service during cadet shipping terms aboard a Crowley-owned or -managed vessel and their interest in pursuing a career at sea. Amber Card, of Bowdoin, Maine, is a junior majoring in…
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USMMA’s Sea Year to resume with new standards for cadet safety

USMMA’s Sea Year to resume with new standards for cadet safety

The following is the text of a letter from Polly Trottenberg, deputy secretary of the U.S. Department of Transportation; Lucinda Lessley, acting administrator of the U.S. Maritime Administration (MarAd); and Vice Adm. Jack Buono, superintendent of the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy (USMMA): Dear midshipmen – We are pleased to report that yesterday (Dec. 15), we submitted the plan to lift…
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NMC update: Replacing credentials lost due to recent tornadoes

NMC update: Replacing credentials lost due to recent tornadoes

(MARTINSBURG, W.Va.) — In accordance with federal regulations, duplicate merchant mariner credentials (MMCs) may be issued free of charge to mariners whose credentials were lost or destroyed as a result of recent tornadoes in Arkansas, Illinois, Kentucky, Mississippi, Missouri and Tennessee. Affected mariners should follow the steps below to obtain an expedited replacement credential: • Provide a statement of loss…
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Crowley awards four USMMA cadets with memorial scholarships

Crowley awards four USMMA cadets with memorial scholarships

(JACKSONVILLE, Fla.) ­— Crowley honored four U.S. Merchant Marine Academy (USMMA) cadets with Thomas B. Crowley Sr. Memorial Scholarships during the Containerization and Intermodal Institute’s Connie Awards on Dec. 6 in Newark, N.J. Cadets Breanna Frank, Nathan Mathes, A.J. Poznanski and Erin Roberts were awarded the memorial scholarship based on their interest in pursuing a career at sea, as well…
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Philly lays keel for first new US academy training ship

Philly lays keel for first new US academy training ship

(PHILADELPHIA) — TOTE Services on Friday marked a significant construction milestone at a keel-laying ceremony at Philly Shipyard for the first of up to five new purpose-built, state-of-the-art training vessels for America’s state maritime academies. These new vessels – known as national security multi-mission vessels (NSMVs) – are designed to provide world-class training for America’s future mariners and to support…
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