Government shutdown: National Maritime Center cuts services, Merchant Marine Academy closes

The following is a notice from the U.S. Coast Guard's National Maritime Center:

(WASHINGTON) — This notice serves to notify the maritime industry that Government has officially shutdown. The National Maritime Center (NMC) is authorized to maintain a very small cadre of personnel to support National Security emergent issues. 

The NMC will:

• Maintain the Customer Service Call Center.  888-IASKNMC will be open and monitored from 0800 until 2000 Eastern Time Monday through Friday.  REC and NMC phones will not be monitored.

• Maintain the website.  We will attempt to keep the industry up to date on our status via the website.

• Regional Exam Centers will be closed.

• Exam Appointments will be cancelled and must be rescheduled after the shutdown is lifted.  Online scheduling will be disabled.

• Appointments to drop off applications will be cancelled and must be rescheduled after the shutdown is lifted. On line scheduling will be disabled.

• There will be no walk ins.

• Applications may continue to be mailed or emailed and will be processed when the shutdown is lifted.  

The NMC recognizes that this shutdown will impact the maritime industry.  We will do whatever we can to minimize the impact and to recover as quickly as possible once the shutdown is lifted.

The following is a notice from the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy:

(KINGS POINT, N.Y.) — Due to a lapse in funding, the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy is closed for normal operations.

This page will be updated if there is a change in status. This status message is for staff and public information only. Information for the Regiment of Midshipmen will be provided directly by the Commandant.

By Professional Mariner Staff