According to the latest pandemic-era guidance on merchant mariner credentials (MMC) from the U.S. Coast Guard, those documents “may only be extended for up to one year from their date of expiration. Merchant Mariner Credentials (MMC) (National Endorsements only) that expire between March 1, 2020 and June 30, 2021 are extended until the EARLIER of October 31, 2021; OR one (1) year after the initial expiration date of the credential (i.e., one year after the expiration date printed on the credential).”
So, for example, a mariner whose credential expired on April 15, 2021, has until October 31 of this year to secure a renewed document. A mariner whose MMC expired in March 2020 should have renewed that document by March 2021.
Keep an eye on the National Maritime Center website (HERE) for the latest guidance. Notices that may affect Seafarers also are posted on the SIU website, both in our news section and in our COVID-19 Safety Updates area.