I am saddened by the demise of a number I was a little proud of. The Masters License Issue Number is no longer printed in the new MMC booklets. (see below)
Although I think I understand the reasoning, possibly assuming that a specific License has the same validity regardless of experience, I am disappointed that I can no longer be proud of that little number in the upper right hand corner of my paper license. When hiring, I also found it a quick-look reference as to a candidates experience on the water.
Can we get it back?
Capt. Tom Dougherty
The issue number will no longer appear on any “Merchant Mariner Credential.”
Thank you for contacting the Mariner Information Call Center. If you have additional questions please feel free to contact us.
Security Assistance Corporation
MICC-Team Lead NMC-5
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From: email@example.com [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org]
Sent: Tuesday, December 15, 2009 8:44 PM
Subject: MMC Issue number
Dear Sir or Madam,
I’ve noticed the omission of the “Issue number” on my new MMC containing my Masters License.
This number is useful in helping to determining a Mariners level of experience.
Was this omission an anomaly to my MMC, or is this policy on all new documents?
I look forward to your reply.
Capt. Thomas F. Dougherty