The National Maritime Center issued the following statement on September 30:
This notice serves as precautionary information due to the potential Government shutdown. If the government shutdown occurs, the National Maritime Center (NMC) is authorized to maintain a very small cadre of personnel to support National Security emergent issues. If the shutdown occurs the NMC will:
• Push notification via the Website and List Server.
• 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. On line 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 the impact that a potential shutdown may have on the maritime industry. We will do whatever we can to minimize the impact and to recover from a potential shutdown as quickly as possible.
Jeffrey P. Novotny
Captain, U. S. Coast Guard