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Jones Act Remains Vital The recent ransomware attack against Colonial Pipeline brought the Jones Act back into the news, relatively briefly. The worst of the fuel supply problems in parts of the eastern and southern United States lasted for a week or so. Only a single Jones Act waiver was utilized, and it is very…

Colonial Pipeline Episode Reinforces Importance of Jones Act to Security

America’s freight cabotage law made headlines in early May, following a cyberattack that disrupted fuel movement in parts of the United States for about a week. A maritime expert posted an editorial explaining how the Colonial Pipeline saga reinforced the importance of the Jones Act to U.S. national, economic and homeland security. The 101-year-old law…

Progress Continues with COVID-19 Vaccines

COVID-19 cases and deaths in the United States continue to plummet. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, both have dropped to their lowest levels in nearly a year, and the number of people vaccinated continues to grow. As of May 27, 2021, almost 133 million people in the U.S. had been fully…
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Vaccines Available at New Orleans Airport

Please see the flyer posted below (PDF version available HERE) for information on COVID-19 vaccination availability at Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport daily between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m.

Temporary Closure of REC New York

The following news release was issued by the National Maritime Center. Temporary Closure of REC New York Regional Exam Center (REC) New York’s historical location in the Battery Park building is undergoing a major renovation that is expected to last a minimum of 12 months. During the renovation, REC New York is being relocated to…

Email Renewal Examination Update

From the U.S. Coast Guard's National Maritime Center: The National Maritime Center (NMC) launched a centralized electronic delivery process (via e-mail) for renewal examinations in May 2020.  Over 1,200 mariners have completed more than 3,000 examination modules using this process, and the feedback regarding the improved communications and significant reduction in processing time is overwhelmingly…
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Vaccines Available at New Orleans Airport

Please see the flyer posted below (PDF version available HERE) for information on COVID-19 vaccination availability at Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport daily between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m.

St. Louis Hall Closed

The hiring hall in St. Louis is closed today (Friday, July 16) for precautionary reasons, but is scheduled to reopen Monday morning. The hall is still reachable by phone. ###

Restoration of REC Counter Service Appointments

From the U.S. Coast Guard's National Maritime Center: The National Maritime Center (NMC) will resume counter service appointments for the Regional Examination Centers (RECs) listed below, beginning Monday, July 19, 2021.  Limited examination services will continue.  Mariners seeking to schedule counter service or examination appointments may do so by contacting the appropriate e-mail address or…
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