The U.S. Coast Guard recently announced numerous modifications pertaining to credentialing, course approvals and more. These changes are being implemented because of the pandemic.
One of the most potentially significant developments for SIU members is as follows:
If your current MMC with STCW endorsements expired or expires between March 1, 2020 and June 30, 2021, you are exempted from the requirement for revalidation courses – as long as you provide documentation reflecting at least one year of sea time within the past five years.
In order to proceed, go to this page on the Coast Guard’s National Maritime Center website:
Then, click on the RENEWAL tab, and submit the proper paperwork.
Again, this is for mariners whose current credential with STCW endorsements expired or expires between March 1, 2020 and June 30, 2021.