December, the National Maritime Center (NMC) announced that they were
experiencing longer than usual processing times and inventories for credential
many of the issues previously announced have been resolved, a few challenges
remain that have impacted the NMC’s ability to get back to previous processing
time results. Among the challenges faced
by the NMC, the primary factors contributing to slower processing times include:
of the STCW Final Rule and Medical Certificates
of NMC Employees
High “Spring Surge” of Credential Applications
January, the NMC has been working tirelessly to address these issues – training
and process enhancements have been put into place to increase productivity and
efficiency, including hiring new employees, utilizing overtime funds, and
improving network connectivity.
What can you do to help?
- Employers – Be conscious of what your employees
are experiencing and patient as the NMC gets their credentials processed.
- Renewals – Submit your applications for renewals
at least 90 days prior to your expiration.
- Originals – Submit your applications for
originals at least 90 days prior to when you will need your credential or
- Medical Certificates – Make sure you
bring a copy of Navigation and Inspection Circular with you for your physical,
and ask your physician to give you as much information as possible for any
listed medical condition.
The Latest Navigation and Inspection Circulars
USCG published Navigation and Vessel Inspection Circulars (NVICs) to give
further guidance on the implementation of the STCW Final Rule.The NVICs are called “Implementation of the
Amendments to the International Convention on Standards of Training,
Certification, and Watchkeeping for Seafarers, 1978 (STCW), as Amended, and Changes
to National Endorsements” (78 FR 77796).
is a list of the latest NVICs for your guidance: