NMC Issues Notices on Mariner Forms, Sea Service

 

November 2015

 

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Editor’s note: The U.S. Coast Guard’s National Maritime Center issued the following two notices on August 3. For more information, visit the NMC website: www.uscg.mil/nmc/

 

Crediting Sea Service for Engine Ratings Serving On Vessels Authorized a Two-Watch System

 

The Howard Coble Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation Act of 2014, Section 316, amended 46 U.S.C. 8104(g)(1) to allow coal passers, firemen, oilers, and water tenders serving on certain offshore supply vessels (OSVs), towing vessels, and barges engaged on voyages of less than 600 miles to be divided into at least two watches. Before this amendment, only officers and deck crew members were permitted to be divided into two watches.

 

Engine ratings (QMED, wipers, and oilers) serving on vessels authorized and practicing a two- watch, 12-hour working day, in accordance with the amended statute, may be given 1-1/2 days of service credit for each day a total of 12 hours is worked. For mariners who applied for an endorsement on or after the effective date of the change to 46 U.S.C. 8104 (December 18, 2014), this credit will be applied retroactively for service obtained after that date. It will also be applied for service prior to December 18, 2014, if the vessel’s certificate of inspection permitted a two-watch system and the mariner worked two-watch, 12-hour days.

 

The National Maritime Center (NMC) will begin applying this sea service credit immediately in accordance with the amended statute. Mariners who applied for an endorsement on or after December 18, 2014, the effective date of the statute, and were not given the credit for the 12- hour day may contact the NMC and request a reconsideration of the computation of sea service credit.  Mariners who applied before December 18, 2014, and would like to be re-evaluated for 1-1/2 days of service credit will have to reapply for the endorsement sought.

 

Implementation of Updated Mariner Credentialing Program Forms

 

The Office of Management and Budget (OMB) approved the CG-719 series of forms (B, K, K/E, P, S, and C) that will replace the forms displaying a June 30, 2012, expiration date. These forms are used within the Mariner Credentialing Program (MCP) during the application process. The data collected on the updated forms is nearly identical to data collected on the previous forms, with some notable exceptions. The K and K/E forms reflect the introduction of the Medical Certificate. The K also has a significant reduction in the number of conditions to be checked by the medical provider. The C is a new non- mandatory form that standardizes the disclosure of conviction information. Users will note formatting changes that are designed to streamline the burden on the mariner and improve data entry. Updated instructions are provided with each form as well.

 

The Coast Guard will not stock the CG-719 series of forms in paper format. Beginning October 1, 2015, these forms may be obtained electronically in a fillable PDF format by selecting the forms link on the National Maritime Center (NMC) website. Additional updates to the NMC website will occur as quickly as possible to reflect the new forms.

 

The Coast Guard encourages providers and applicants to purge the old forms from inventory and to begin using the new forms as soon as possible after October 1, 2015. In order to avoid penalizing mariners who have already completed their forms, the NMC will continue to accept the old forms for a period of time.

 

Implementation of the new forms will commence on October 1, 2015. With the exception of the K and K/E, the Coast Guard will no longer accept outdated forms after April 1, 2016. For the K and K/E, forms signed by a physician after December 31, 2015, must be the new form version.  In accordance with 46CFR10.304(d) the K or K/E must be submitted within 12 months of the date signed by the licensed medical professional, therefore, the Coast Guard will no longer accept outdated K or K/E forms after December 31, 2016.

 

Mariners and other providers should contact the NMC Contact Center using our chat function, e-mailing IASKNMC@uscg.mil, or calling 1-888-IASKNMC (888-427-5662) with any questions regarding these forms.

 

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