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IMPORTANT INFORMATION

Our mission is to issue credentials to fully-qualified Mariners in the most effective and efficient manner possible in order to assure a safe, secure, economically efficient and environmentally sound Marine Transportation System.

 

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Regulations & Codes

 

The National Maritime Center (NMC) is a part of the United States Coast Guard (USCG) working under the auspices of the Department of Homeland Security.  The NMC is governed by United States Code, and further detailed in the Code of Federal Regulations and USCG Policy Letters.  This page provides reference locations for the rules which govern the Merchant Mariner Credentialing program.

  • US Code
  • Code of Federal Regulations
  • Policy Letters
  • Guidance Documents
  • NVICs
  • MSM

United States Code

The United States (US) Code is the codification by subject matter of the general and permanent laws of the United States. It is divided by broad subjects into 51 titles and published by the Office of the Law Revision Counsel of the US House of Representatives.

You can search the Government Printing Office online publication for US Code 46 which is directly related to shipping vessels and our credential program below.

 

United States Code

 

 

 

 

Please visit our STCW page for information on mariners who are employed on vessels greater than 200 Gross Register Tons (Domestic Tonnage), or 500 Gross Tons (ITC Tonnage), operating seaward of the boundary lines.

Code of Federal Regulations

The Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) are the general and permanent rules published in the Federal Register by the executive departments and agencies of the Federal Government. Title 46 Parts 7 and 10 through 16 directly relate to the National Maritime Center and it's Merchant Mariner Credentialing Program. The links below will direct you to the Government Printing Office's website.

7 Boundary Lines 10 Merchant Mariner Credential
11 Requirements for Officer Endorsements 12 Requirements for Rating Endorsements
13 Certification of Tankerman 14 Shipment and Discharge of Merchant Mariners
15 Manning Requirements 16 Chemical Testing

You can search the Government Printing Office online publication for a complete listing of CFRs.

Please visit our STCW page for information on mariners who are employed on vessels greater than 200 Gross Register Tons (Domestic Tonnage), or 500 Gross Tons (ITC Tonnage), operating seaward of the boundary lines.

USCG Policy Letters

United States Coast Guard (USCG) Policy Letters are provided for the purpose of informing the general public of the USCG's standing or views on various subject areas. They also provide assistance to the schools seeking general information on course approvals and provide assistance to mariners in attaining credentials. The links below will allow you to search USCG Policy Letters by subject and by year.

As of June 30, 2010 some USCG Policy Letters have been cancelled.

See Table for a complete list.

Please visit our STCW page for information on mariners who are employed on vessels greater than 200 Gross Register Tons (Domestic Tonnage), or 500 Gross Tons (ITC Tonnage), operating seaward of the boundary lines.

USCG Guidance Documents

National Maritime Center (NMC) Guidance Documents are provided for the purpose of establishing the minimum subject material for maritime courses to be submitted to the United States Coast Guard (USCG) for approval and for providing general guidance on other topics.  The link below will allow you to search NMC Guidance Documents by year.

Guidance by Year

The document below provides guidance to persons conducting assessments of mariners' practical skills. Every shipboard assessor should read this document before assessing a demonstration of a mariner's ability to perform an activity.

Shipboard Assessor's Manual

The document below provides instruction to existing policy and more clearly delineates the standards and reporting requirements for conducting oversight of USCG approved courses and non-governmental parties that perform services related to the issuance of Merchant Mariner Credentials.

Oversight Guidance

Please visit our STCW page for information on mariners who are employed on vessels greater than 200 Gross Register Tons (Domestic Tonnage), or 500 Gross Tons (ITC Tonnage), operating seaward of the boundary lines.

Navigation and Vessel Inspection Circular

A Navigation and Vessel Inspection Circular (NVIC) provides detailed guidance about certain federal marine safety regulations and United States Coast Guard (USCG) marine safety programs. NVICs are used internally by the USCG to ensure that inspections and regulatory actions conducted by our field personnel are complete and consistent. The links below will allow you to search for NVICs by subject and by relation to merchant mariner credentialing.

NVIC 04-08 provides guidance for evaluating the physical and medical conditions of applicants for merchant mariner credentials. The links below will give you guidance on how to use this NVIC and take you directly to the NVIC.

Please visit our STCW page for information on mariners who are employed on vessels greater than 200 Gross Register Tons (Domestic Tonnage), or 500 Gross Tons (ITC Tonnage), operating seaward of the boundary lines.

Marine Safety Manual

The Marine Safety Manual (MSM) provides information and marine safety program interpretations on international conventions and United States statutory and regulatory issues relating to marine industry personnel. This link below will allow you to search the MSM.

 

Marine Safety Manual

 

 

 

Please visit our STCW page for information on mariners who are employed on vessels greater than 200 Gross Register Tons (Domestic Tonnage), or 500 Gross Tons (ITC Tonnage), operating seaward of the boundary lines.

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