Government shutdown closes NMC, Regional Exam Centers

The following is a news release from the National Maritime Center (NMC):

(MARTINSBURG, W.Va.) — Due to the partial government shutdown, the National Maritime Center and all Regional Exam Centers (RECs) are closed until further notice. Customer walk-in service is suspended. Examinations and other REC appointments are canceled, and REC appointment calendars are closed. Applications may continue to be e-mailed or mailed in and will be processed when the shutdown is over.

The following limited operations will be maintained:

• The Customer Service Center call center is open from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. EST, Monday through Friday. You may reach the call center at 1-888-IASKNMC (4275662) and  
• The NMC website will provide updates on NMC and REC operating status.  
• Applications or mariner training provider documentation can be e-mailed or mailed and will be processed when the partial shutdown is over.  
• For questions regarding credentialing issues related to national security, please contact our call center at 1-888-IASKNMC (427-5662) or

The NMC understands the partial shutdown may affect our industry customers and stakeholders and we apologize for any potential inconvenience.

By Professional Mariner Staff