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1 April 2009 Newsletter The CAPCA Log is produced monthly by Captain Jerry Friedman VIEW FROM THE HELM Fellow CAPCA Members: I am pleased to report that our first General Membership Meeting at the Annapolis Elks Lodge lived up to its expectations. The meeting room accommodations are a big improvement over the Hampton Inn, complete with plenty of space, good lighting, a remote wireless sound system (which we need to learn how to better use), and the availability of food and beverage that you can bring in to the meeting room. I received several compliments from the 50 or so members who were present. If you missed it, please come out on Monday, 27 April. I am confident you will be glad that you did! Effective 15 April 2009 new USCG regs and procedures take effect. One such change is our USCG License is being replaced with the Merchant Mariners Credential. The Credential is similar in size to a passport and inside it will contain the necessary documents including your OUPV or Master s authorization, endorsements, and other pertinent data. Quite a change from the 8 ½ x 11 inch frame-able certificate! The other significant change is the two (2) page medical evaluation form typically completed by your physician when you renew your Credential, has been expanded to a nine (9) page form. The instructions associated with proper completion of the new evaluation form is one hundred (100) pages long! We all know how much fun it can be getting the two-pager completed properly, especially if you have a significant medical issue. CAPCA is looking in to local medical clinics and other resources that may specialize is properly completing the new medical evaluations. Until then, we strongly recommended downloading the instructions with the new medical form and taking it with you to your physician. Review of your medical evaluation for credential renewal is going to be the biggest bottleneck we 1

2 encounter. Give yourself plenty of time, at least 6 to 9 months, for the renewal process. If you have a medical condition that may require a waiver, give yourself one year lead time. Early submittal of the renewal application will not be counted against you. The renewal does not take effect until your current credential expires. Example: If your current credential expires on 28 February 2010 and your renewal is granted 15 December 2009, the effective date of the renewal will be 1 March For more information, please go to our website and access Favorite Links; CFR Consolidation of Merchant Marine Qualification Credentials; Final Rule Effective April 15, Good luck! An antidote to mediocrity Only those who dare to fail greatly can ever achieve greatly - Anonymous And, as a wise mariner once pointed out, it is better to be on the boat with a drink on the rocks than to be in the drink with a boat on the rocks! Carry on! Captain Ken Binnix, President ****NOTE****NOTE*******NOTE**** All meetings are now held in the Elks Lodge on Solomons Island Road (Route 2) in Edgewater, MD. See directions below. ANNAPOLIS ELKS LODGE 622 Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks 2517 Solomon s Island Road Edgewater, MD Food and Beverage available for purchase on the premises and can be brought in to the Meeting Room! Plenty of Parking! Driving Directions From Rte. 50 Eastbound (from Washington, D.C. or I-97 South) Take Exit 22 on to Aris T. Allen Blvd (Rte. 665) Follow Rte. 665 to second exit, Rte. 2 South Left at the first traffic light onto Grand Oak Avenue. Immediate left onto Pythian Drive. Continue on Pythian Drive into the Elks Lodge Parking Lot. From Rte. 50 Westbound (from the Bay Bridge) Take the Parole / Solomon s Island Exit on to Rte. 2 South. Follow Rte. 2 South through Parole and cross over Aris T. Allen Blvd (Rte. 665) 2

3 Left at the next traffic light onto Grand Oak Avenue. Immediate left onto Pythian Drive. Continue on Pythian Drive into the Elks Lodge Parking Lot. From Southern Maryland Take Rte. 2 North Cross over the South River Right at the traffic light for Grand Oak Avenue Immediate left onto Pythian Drive. Continue on Pythian Drive into the Elks Lodge Parking Lot CALENDAR OF EVENTS April 2009 Bay Bridge Boat Show CAPCA Booth A22 East Side of Ches. Bay Bridge Promoting Awareness and Employment Opportunities Contact Dick Burkhard, or to participate. 27 April 2009 General Meeting Elks Lodge 2 May 2009 Medical Emergencies at Sea: Beyond First Aid Elks Lodge Presented by CAPCA member Dr. Sam Lyness 18 May 2009 General Meeting Elks Lodge [3 rd Monday to avoid conflict w/observance of Memorial Day] 22 June 2009 General Meeting Elks Lodge 27 July 2009 General Meeting Elks Lodge August 2009 [NO GENERAL MEMBERSHIP MEETING] 28 September 2009 General Meeting Elks Lodge 26 October 2009 General Meeting Elks Lodge 23 November 2009 ANNUAL General Membership Meeting Elks Lodge [Business Meeting including Election of Officers for 2010] December 2009 [HAPPY HOLIDAYS - NO MEETING ] GENERAL MEETINGS: Typically scheduled for the 4 th Monday of each month unless otherwise noted Board of Directors and Leadership Mtg. (open to all members) 1730 to 1830 hours Social Gathering 1830 to 1915 hours Business Meeting with Guest Speaker 1915 to 2100 hours 3

4 27 APRIL: NTSB MARITIME RESPONSIBILITIES Speaker: Ms Kathryn O Leary Higgins We have the particular privilege of having Kathryn O Leary Higgins, the 36 th member of the National Transportation Safety Board to come and talk to us. This is quite a coup! Maritime Safety has been a particular interest of hers. While serving in the White House as Assistant to the President and Secretary to the Cabinet Ms Higgins worked closely with NTSB, DOT FAA and the U. S. Coast Guard. During this time she was involved with the 1996 ValueJet 597 and TWA 800 accidents, formation and implementation of hazardous materials regulations, and increasing inspector staffing. She has since served as Deputy Secretary of the U.S. Department of Labor and as Vice Chair of the Presidential commission on U.S. Coast Guard Roles and Missions. As you are aware, the speed of technological change keeps the NTSB in a continuous game of catch-up. Following up on our visit from the Coast Guard on 23 February we hope that Ms Higgins can give us a high level view of what she sees coming down the road in the way of recommended changes to current regulations. 18 MAY: MARINE ELECTRONICS: Integrating Marine Computing and Communications PLEASE NOTE: This is the THIRD Monday due to Memorial Day Speaker: Mr. Tim Hasson from TECH YACHT Tim has spent the latter part of his career specializing as a marine electronics consultant and coach, helping clients strategize and adopt solutions that are appropriate for their individual needs. He is a frequent lecturer and regularly contributes articles to industry publications on topics such as electronic navigation, communications and weather analysis. Some topics we have discussed and struggled over during past meetings include: The advent of Rescue 21 is a terrific step forward in maritime electronics but the VHF/DSC has to be set up correctly. The advent of eloran as a backup to GPS. 4

5 Taking a quick look at I think you will agree that we can avail ourselves of some expensive council for FREE with Mr. Hasson. Don t miss this! 22 JUNE: MARINE SURVEYORS: An Industry in transition Speaker: James R. (Randy) Renn, Prinicipal Surveyor/owner for Marine Forensics Technicians, Member of the Society of Marine Surveyors and International Institute of Marine Surveyors. The times they are a changing. Our increasingly interdependent world (or Flat World to use Tom Friedman s term) requires common standards. Come 1 January 2010, Marine Surveyors are going to find they will need to know a host of new standards and most don t see it coming. Where as Marine Surveyors could be certified or accredited in any one of a number of ways, in the US, those days are coming to an end if we are going to compete in the global economy. Starting back in the early 1990s countries have been trying to harmonize marine standards. Marine Surveyors and their clients will soon find that Insurance companies will be insisting on surveys done in accordance with these new, more exacting and more universally accepted standards. As professional Captains we need to be aware of what is coming down the pike. See Randy s web site at: marineforensics.net 27 JULY: MARINE TRADES ASSOCIATION OF MARYLAND (MTAM): current legislative concerns SPEAKER: SUSAN ZELLER, Executive director The Marine Trades Association of Maryland (MTAM) is a non-profit trade organization, Founded in It is comprised of nearly 400 marine related businesses involved in all aspects of the marine trades from marinas, boat dealers and boatyards to maritime attorneys, insurance brokers, banks, publications and restaurants. Significantly, Ms. Zeller has been MTAM s organizer of the two-day Safety at Sea Seminar put on by US Sailing at the Naval Academy every year. Ms Zeller is also MTAM lead for legislative affairs. This year she is deeply involved in legislative attempts to throw the industry a lifeline during the current economic crisis. Come and hear what is being done. See their web site at mtam.org 5

6 AUGUST: NO MEETING I GET THE BEST RECOMMENDATIONS FOR SPEAKERS FROM MEMBERS LIKE YOU. PLEASE TELL ME FROM WHOM YOU WOULD LIKE TO HEAR AND I LL DO MY BEST TO RUN THEM DOWN. Thanks. Captain Ken Appleton Nautical Knowledge What are the correct answers to these questions from the USCG test set? See answers later in this newsletter. 1 A B C D You are using an automatic tension winch by the line will you may be pulled yourself. If you get caught in the turns of the line part and into the winch and as they lead into the gypsyhead. snap back injured or killed the safety cutout will stop the winch before you're injured None of the above are correct 2 A B C D A vessel is entering port and Nothing; the Pilot is State his concerns Recommend an Direct the Pilot to has a Pilot conning the vessel. required by law and is to the Pilot but do alternative action stop the vessel and The Master is unsure that the solely responsible for not interfere with and if not followed anchor if necessary Pilot is taking sufficient action the safety of the the handling of the relieve the Pilot. until the situation to prevent a collision. What vessel. vessel. clears. should the Master do? AN OPPORTUNITY TO GET INVOLVED CAPCA NEEDS YOUR HELP! Chairperson for Continuing Education: A member willing to provide leadership and coordination of the activities for our on-going Continuing Education program. There is an active, talented, energetic, and enthusiastic committee in place looking for someone to take the helm. You will find this to be a rewarding and fun experience. Legislative and Regulatory Affairs Monitor: A member willing to monitor certain government agencies for proposed legislation and changes to government regulation that affects USCG Licensed 6

7 Masters. The task is carried out by registering with various agencies i.e. the USCG, the Corp of Engineers, maritime lobbying groups, etc. Interested members should contact Capt. Ken Binnix via at or by cell phone This is an opportunity for you to get involved with the leadership of CAPCA and expand your networking resources. Your willingness to volunteer, help out the association, and participate will be greatly appreciated and professionally rewarding Chesapeake Area Professional Captains Association 1009 Bay Ridge Avenue, PMB 156 Annapolis, MD Officers President: Ken Binnix Vice President: John Wesley Nash Asst. Vice Pres: Bob Larsen Treasurer Carl Bart Secretary: Karen Holcomb Directors/Chairs Continuing Education Jobs Placement Dick Burkhard Programs/Orientation Ken Appleton Immediate Past President Tony Carey Other Standing Committees Programs / Orientation Gary Spivak Membership Paul Harmina Publicity: Rick Brown Continuing Education Numerous members Ad Hoc Committees By-Laws Committee Priscilla Travis Core Leadership Editor of The LOG Jerry Friedman Member's Guide Editor: Camille Vickers Ship's Store: Bill Diehlmann Web Site Support John Wesley Nash Telephone Monitor Bob Crouthamel Safety at Sea Resources Dave Abt 7

8 Job Placement by Captain Dick Burkhard CAPCA will be participating in the always popular Bay Bridge Boat Show in a few weeks. We will have booth #22 in the main show tent with the goals of increasing CAPCA's name recognition, attracting new members and spreading the word of our Jobs Program. We will have a professional booth with signage plus literature that we will pass out to the general public and the show exhibitors. The show runs Thursday, April 24 through Sunday, April 27. While we have several members that have committed to help out, we are also in need of additional captains to help cover the booth. If you have 2, 3 or 4 hours to spare, please me with your availability at I will then publish a master schedule. We will also be backing up our participation with ads in Spin Sheet, Prop Talk and Nor'easter. This is always a well attended show with sunny days promised, an opportunity to meet old friends while making new acquaintances and if you help out, you will receive free admission to the show plus may even pick up a job or two as a bonus. Please me if you have any questions at Thanks, Dick Burkhard Publicity by Captain Rick Brown We are always on the look-out for a new source of publicity. If you have a favorite website or newsletter that you think might be a good source to reach out to new members, please let me know. We have been concentrating on SpinSheet, PropTalk, The Capital, Nor'east Magazine, The Watermen's Association and several website sites that are geared towards fishing charters. Some outlets are happy to help CAPCA while others simply ignore us. Send your recommendation to Thanks Meet Captain Sam Lyness Capt Sam has been sailing on the Chesapeake Bay and off-shore for over 40 years and has delivered sail and power boats from the Chesapeake Bay to New England and back as well as from Florida to ports on the Chesapeake Bay. He is the Executive Officer and a senior member of the Annapolis Sail and Power Squadron and has taught the sailing and the celestial navigation courses for the Main Line Sail and Power Squadron. In 2008 he gave a 5 hour seminar for CAPCA members on MEDICAL EMERGENCIES OFF-SHORE: BEYOND FIRST AID and will share his knowledge with CAPCA again in In Dec 2008, closing a career of 42 years, Capt Sam, a medical doctor specializing in neurosurgery, retired from his position as Director of TeleNeurosurgery at Walter Reed Army Medical Center in order to spend more time on the water and with his family. Capt Sam and his wife, Joy, enjoy sailing on their 43 ft sloop kept on Back Creek in Annapolis only a few minutes from home. 8

9 Summary of Talk at March Meeting by Captain Ken Appleton YOUR VULNERABILITY TO A LAWSUIT Our speaker at the 23 March meeting was James Robinson of the Robinson and Son Insurance. We were given a sober picture of the gaps in the legal protections afforded Maritime Officers. In an increasingly litigious world, captains are more likely to be personally sued. This is particularly true when the interest of the vessel owner and the captain are not the same. Most domestic Protection and Indemnity insurers do not add the name of officers as insured unless he or she is the owner of the vessel. Recent significant Maritime casualty cases have shown that Government officials and plaintiff s attorneys may be quick to file lawsuits against the Marine Officers on the vessel, whether or not they had even a causal connection to the accident. The Seaman s Manslaughter Act has been used to bring criminal charges on a captain when an intoxicated passenger caused a loss of life. In another case the captain was sued when a dockworker was killed when a shore-side crane fell on him as a result of a collision with a dock in turn cased by a failed bow-thruster. Mr. Robinson also pointed out that the present Pollution Prevention Regulation gives an incentive to whistle blowers who hope for a handsome reward from a lawsuit. The point I got out of the discussion was that even if you are eventually proven innocent, the cost of a legal defense could be staggering. Also, while the MOPS Marine License Insurance is excellent for what it covers, it does not protect you from all civil and criminal lawsuits. A copy of Mr. Robinson s presentation can be found on the Press Releases page of the CAPCA web site. INFORMATION ON A DISCOUNT FOR CAPCA MEMBERS: **** CAPCA can not endorse Robinson & Son s product; however, Robinson & Son have offered CAPCA members a 10% discount if seven or more members sign up with them. CAPCA does not provide ANY vendor with the names of our members so it is up to the policy-holder to identify themselves as a CAPCA member. A few of our members already hold a policy with Robinson & Son. Prices begin at: $500 for a $500,000 and $1,000 for $1,000,000. The pricing is based on tonnage of an individuals license and the geographical scope of coverage **** See: for further information ABYC by Captain Al Ponzio Upcoming Course Dates UPCOMING ABYC COURSES Course: SC400 ABYC Standards Certification Course Annapolis, Md. Date: Tuesday, September 8 th Thurs., September 10 th, 2009 Time: 8:30 AM 4:00 PM 9

10 Location: Annapolis School of Seamanship, 601 Sixth St. Annapolis, MD Note: This three day course will provide a comprehensive & focused look at the key ABYC standards. Fee: Member $525.00Non-Member $ Course: EL400 Electrical Certification Course Philadelphia, Pa. Date: Tuesday, October 6 th Friday, October 9 th, 2009 Time: 8:30 AM 4:30 PM Location: Philadelphia, Pa. Note: This four day course is designed for the experienced technician with at least 3 5 years experience working with marine electricity. Fee: Member $885.00Non-Member $1, For additional information on the above courses log onto You may access the member s only side of the website by using our ID# & Password: Appleton (case sensitive). If you have any questions you can contact me at or (H), (C). ABYC Electrical Certification Now Included in the Garmin Warranty Program March 11, 2009, Annapolis, MD: The American Boat & Yacht Council (ABYC) and Garmin International, Inc. recently signed a three-year cooperative agreement whereby ABYC s Electrical Certification course will be recognized as a prerequisite for performing approved warranty and/or rebate work on the company s marine electronic products. Going forward, the warranty information will be updated to inform customers that in order for the warranty to apply, one of the criteria a customer must meet is to have the marine equipment installed by an ABYC Certified Electrical technician. The ABYC Electrical Certification course is designed for the experienced marine technician. Course topics include electrical theory, lead-acid batteries, using a multi-meter, battery testing, generator sets, inverters, grounding and bonding systems, troubleshooting and more. The class concludes with a 200- question certification exam. Garmin is pleased to be working with the ABYC to offer this certification to customers, said Gregory DeVries, Garmin s director of marine sales and marketing. While our award winning marine network systems are renowned for their simplicity of operation, the integration and installation of these advanced systems has grown increasingly complex and understanding these systems is critical to a successful installation. This certification gives customers confidence in knowing that the equipment will be installed properly, and more importantly provide years of trouble-free service. Mike New, ABYC Education Director commented, ABYC has been a leader in marine industry workforce certification for 20 years. This is the first time an electronics company has accepted our electrical certification as a threshold credential and we invite industry partners to follow suit New continued, Garmin recognizes that the secret to successful electronic installations is assuring that the installer or technician knows the entire marine electrical system on any given boat AC and DC. Boats 10

11 vary greatly; however, using ABYC Electrical Certified technicians assures Garmin that the installer has a thorough understanding of marine electrical systems. It also assures them that the installer has the ability to apply their knowledge on the job, and thereby achieve exceptional performance from all Garmin products. 11

12 CAPCA Chesapeake Area Professional Captains Association 1009 Bay Ridge Avenue PMB 156 Annapolis, MD Continuing Education Sign-up Sheet Title of Course: Medical Emergencies at Sea: Beyond First Aid Date of Course: Saturday, May 02, :00am to 1:00pm Price of Course: $65.00 per person. ($40 for CAPCA members in good standing) Course Location: Annapolis Elks Lodge # Solomon s Island Road, Edgewater, MD ( ) This course is designed to teach the recognition and management of medical emergencies off shore where timely communications and rescue are limited or not possible. The captain is responsible for the safety and comfort of his or her crew. Off soundings, he/she is also the chief medical officer. Come and learn how a captain with limited medical expertise can handle medical emergencies reasonably and logically, minimizing loss of life and limb. Course cost includes reference CD, continental breakfast and lunch. (Pulled Pork BBQ sandwiches with potatoes salad, cold slaw and soda.) Course Registration and Payment Policy 1. Space is limited. Walk-ins accepted on the day of the seminar (space permitting) with a $5 surcharge. 2. Reservations and payments must be received by Tuesday, April 28, No refunds unless space can be filled. 3. If any refund is allowed, the request must be received via by April 28, Please include an address and phone number below where you can be reached in the event of a cancellation (such as weather) and check this , voice message and for last minute messages. 5. Each person wishing to attend this course must complete a separate registration form. 6. Mail-in registrations or faxed registrations are not considered complete until full payment is received. Until full payment is received, a position in the class is not reserved and can be taken by another person who registers with full payment. Keep information above for your records, address inquiries to: Return information below with check made out to CAPCA or go to to pay by credit card. Name: CAPCA member? Y N Address: City: State: Zip: - Home Phone: Work Phone: Cell Phone: Fax: Address: Course Title: Medical Emergencies at Sea: Beyond First Aid Course Date: Saturday, May 02, 2009_ Amount Enclosed: $ Check No: Make all checks payable to CAPCA. Mail completed registration form to: CAPCA, 1009 Bay Ridge Ave, PMB 156, Annapolis, MD 21403

13 Provided by Captain John Wesley Nash For all credentialed U.S. Mariners: The Final Rule is out for Consolidation of Merchant Mariner Credentials. Click on the following link to view the 73 page federal register SUMMARY: The Coast Guard issues this final rule to consolidate the regulations covering issuance of merchant mariner qualification credentials, to reduce the burden on mariners by limiting the number of times they need to appear in person to provide fingerprints and proof of identity, and to address comments received from the public in response to the Supplemental Notice of Proposed Rulemaking, in some cases through revisions based on those comments. This final rule works in tandem with the joint final rule published by the Coast Guard and the Transportation Security Administration on January 25, 2007, entitled ``Transportation Worker Identification Credential (TWIC) Implementation in the Maritime Sector; Hazardous Materials Endorsement for a Commercial Driver's License''. DATES: This final rule is effective April 15, The incorporation by reference of certain publications listed in the rule is approved by the Director of the Federal Register as of April 15, Regards, CDR Brian Penoyer Chief, Prevention Department USCG Sector Baltimore From Maritime Executive Magazine Consolidated Merchant Mariner Credential (MMC) to Become a Reality Thursday, March 19th, 2009 Thursday, March 19th, 2009 Previous regulations, allowed for up to four credentials to a mariner: a Merchant Mariner s Document (MMD), a Merchant Mariner s License (License), a Certificate of Registry (COR), and STCW Endorsement. Coast Guard says consolidated credential will reduce number of credentials a mariner will need and also eliminates redundant burdens and government processes. The Coast Guard published a final rule today consolidating the credentials issued to merchant mariners into a single credential and reducing the burden on mariners by limiting the number of times they need to appear in person to provide fingerprints and proof of identity. This final rule, which will become effective on April 15, 2009, addresses the comments received from the public in response to the Supplemental Notice of Proposed 13

14 Rulemaking. A copy of the final rule is available on the Federal Register s website ( MMC Final Rule ) or and quick search MMC. Key Features of the MMC Regulations The regulation consolidates the credentials issued to merchant mariners into a single credential. The regulation also streamlines the application process for the MMC by removing the requirement that all mariners appear at one of 17 Regional Exam Centers, so long as they have already enrolled for a TWIC at one of 149 TWIC Enrollment Centers. The rule works in tandem with the joint Final Rule published by the Coast Guard and the Transportation Security Administration on January 25, 2007, entitled "Transportation Worker Identification Credential (TWIC) Implementation in the Maritime Sector; Hazardous Materials Endorsement for a Commercial Driver's License. Under the previous regulations, the Coast Guard issued up to four credentials to a mariner: a Merchant Mariner s Document (MMD), a Merchant Mariner s License (License), a Certificate of Registry (COR), and an International Convention on Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping for Seafarers (STCW) Endorsement. Each credential served a separate purpose, thus creating the possibility that a mariner might need all four. The Maritime Transportation Security Act of 2002 added a requirement for all mariners to obtain a transportation security card, implemented by the Department of Homeland Security as the TWIC. Without a regulatory change, a mariner could have been required to obtain up to five credentials, and to appear in person for duplicative applications. The Coast Guard is streamlining its mariner regulations and consolidating the four separate Coast Guard-issued credentialing documents into one Merchant Mariner Credential (MMC). In addition to reducing the number of credentials a mariner will need to hold, this rule also eliminates redundant burdens and government processes. Over the next few weeks, the Coast Guard will be issuing a number of information bulletins, which will provide details on how the new regulations will be implemented and the changes mariners can expect to see in the credential application process and the actual credentials. The National Maritime Center is an ISO 9001:2000 Compliant Organization. For the latest information on STCW and Licensing, visit

15 Commanding Officer United States Coast Guard National Maritime Center 100 Forbes Drive Martinsburg, WV Phone: (304) Fax: (304) March 16, 2009 Consolidated Merchant Mariner Credential (MMC) The Coast Guard published a final rule today consolidating the credentials issued to merchant mariners into a single credential and reducing the burden on mariners by limiting the number of times they need to appear in person to provide fingerprints and proof of identity. This final rule, which will become effective on April 15, 2009, addresses the comments received from the public in response to the Supplemental Notice of Proposed Rulemaking. A copy of the final rule is available on the Federal Register s website ( MMC Final Rule ) or and quick search MMC. Key Features of the MMC Regulations The regulation consolidates the credentials issued to merchant mariners into a single credential. The regulation also streamlines the application process for the MMC by removing the requirement that all mariners appear at one of 17 Regional Exam Centers, so long as they have already enrolled for a TWIC at one of 149 TWIC Enrollment Centers. The rule works in tandem with the joint Final Rule published by the Coast Guard and the Transportation Security Administration on January 25, 2007, entitled "Transportation Worker Identification Credential (TWIC) Implementation in the Maritime Sector; Hazardous Materials Endorsement for a Commercial Driver's License. Under the previous regulations, the Coast Guard issued up to four credentials to a mariner: a Merchant Mariner s Document (MMD), a Merchant Mariner s License (License), a Certificate of Registry (COR), and an International Convention on Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping for Seafarers (STCW) Endorsement. Each credential served a separate purpose, thus creating the possibility that a mariner might need all four. The Maritime Transportation Security Act of 2002 added a requirement for all mariners to obtain a transportation security card, implemented by the Department of Homeland Security as the TWIC. Without a regulatory change, a mariner could have been required to obtain up to five credentials, and to appear in person for duplicative applications. The Coast Guard is streamlining its mariner regulations and consolidating the four separate Coast Guardissued credentialing documents into one Merchant Mariner Credential (MMC). In addition to reducing the number of credentials a mariner will need to hold, this rule also eliminates redundant burdens and government processes. Over the next few weeks, the Coast Guard will be issuing a number of information bulletins, which will provide details on how the new regulations will be implemented and the changes mariners can expect to see in the credential application process and the actual credentials. Sincerely, David C. Stalfort Captain, U. S. Coast Guard For the latest information on STCW and Licensing, visit our web site at The National Maritime Center is an ISO 9001:2000 Compliant Organization.

16 From Maritime Executive Magazine Relationship between the MMC and TWIC Thursday, March 19th, 2009 After April 15, 2009 you are required to hold a valid TWIC in order to serve under the authority of your merchant credential. A TWIC is not required in order to apply for or receive a document of continuity. March 18, 2009: The Merchant Mariner Credential (MMC) rule was published in the Federal register on March 16, 2009 (MMC Final Rule). The information bulletin, MMC Final Rule Released posted on the National Maritime Center s (NMC) website outlines some key features of the rule, which becomes effective April 15, This bulletin focuses on the relationship between the MMC and Transportation Worker Identification Credential (TWIC). Please refer to the previously posted TWIC Information Bulletin for additional details. If you hold a Merchant Mariner Credential you are required to obtain a TWIC by April 15, Additionally, after April 15, 2009 you are required to hold a valid TWIC in order to serve under the authority of your merchant credential. Important Information about the MMC Final Rule The Coast Guard will use TWIC data received directly from TSA to determine the status of your TWIC. No mariner credentials will be issued without confirmation from TSA that an applicant has been approved to hold a TWIC. If you are applying for a merchant mariner credential you must have at least applied for your TWIC before the Coast Guard will accept your application. Your credential will not be issued until your TWIC is approved. There may be a minimal delay between the time you apply for your TWIC and the time that data is received by the Coast Guard. Therefore, you should: Apply for your TWIC in advance of your application for your merchant credential. If you are applying for your TWIC and mariner credential simultaneously, provide a copy of your TWIC application receipt with your credential application. A TWIC is not required in order to apply for or receive a document of continuity. Important information about TWIC enrollment You will need to ensure that the biographical data that you supply to TSA is the same as what you provide the Coast Guard on your Merchant Mariner Credential Application. If the Coast Guard can not reconcile the data provided by TSA, you may be asked to work with TSA to update your information. Visit TSA s website to begin the application process for a Transportation Worker Identification Credential: 25

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19 U.S. Coast Guard Sector Baltimore 2401 HAWKINS POINT ROAD, BLDG 70 BALTIMORE, MD Phone: (410) Fax: (410) MARITIME SAFETY & SECURITY BULLETIN March 27, 2009 Notice of Proposed Rulemaking for TWIC READER REQUIREMENTS The U.S. Coast Guard announced today the Federal Register's publication of an advance notice of proposed rulemaking entitled "Transportation Worker Identification Credential (TWIC) Reader Requirements." This advance proposed rulemaking discusses the federal government's preliminary issues on potential requirements for owners and operators of certain vessels and facilities regulated by the Coast Guard under 33 CFR Chapter I, subchapter H, for use of electronic readers designed to work with TWIC as an access control measure. The notice also indicates additional potential requirements associated with TWIC readers, such as recordkeeping requirements for those owners or operators required to use an electronic reader, and amendments to security plans previously approved by the Coast Guard to incorporate Transportation Worker Identification Credential requirements. The potential requirements seek to enhance the security of ports and vessels by ensuring that only persons who hold valid TWIC are granted unescorted access to secure areas on vessels and port facilities. The advance proposed rulemaking also is a step toward full implementation of the Maritime Transportation Security Act of 2002 transportation security card requirement, as well as the requirements of the Security and Accountability for Every Port Act of 2006, for regulations on electronic readers for use with Transportation Worker Identification Credentials. A public meeting will be held for this advance notice of proposed rulemaking; details on the date and location will be published in a subsequent Federal Register notice. The Coast Guard encourages the public to participate in this rulemaking by submitting comments and related materials to the docket at docket number: USCG All comments received will be posted without change. Brian K. Penoyer BRIAN K. PENOYER COMMANDER, U.S. COAST GUARD USCG SECTOR BALTIMORE

20 Commanding Officer United States Coast Guard National Maritime Center 100 Forbes Drive Martinsburg, WV Phone: (304) Fax: (304) March 26, 2009 Mailing Merchant Mariner Credential (MMC) Applications to Regional Exam Centers Under the provisions of the new Merchant Mariner Credential regulations, which will become effective April 15, 2009, mariners will be able to submit credential applications by mail to one of the 17 Regional Examination Centers (REC) located throughout the nation and will no longer need to appear at an REC. This will save mariners time and money. This bulletin provides information on how to mail MMC applications to an REC. One of the many benefits of the new regulation is the ability for mariners to mail an application to an REC. After April 15, 2009, mariners will no longer be required to appear in-person at a Regional Examination Center (REC) to be fingerprinted, provide proof of identity and submit an application for a credential, so long as they have either applied for a Transportation Workers Identification Card (TWIC) at one of 149 TWIC Enrollment Centers or have already been issued a TWIC. As part of the (TWIC) enrollment process, the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) will have already verified a mariner s identity and taken fingerprints and photograph, which will be sent to the Coast Guard electronically for use in processing the MMC application. Mailing applications to an REC. To assist you in better preparing an application package for submission to an REC, please follow the instructions below. Step 1 Meet the professional requirements. Prior to submitting an application, you should ensure you meet the professional requirements for the credential you are seeking. These requirements include service experience and training, among others. Step 2 - Obtain a TWIC. Ensure you have either applied for a TWIC at an enrollment center or that you already hold a TWIC issued by TSA. Please see our information bulletin on the requirements for a TWIC, which we published on February 12, Step 3 Assemble your application package. Use the Application Acceptance Checklist to assemble your application package. Using this checklist will help ensure that your application package is Ready to be Evaluated in accordance with the new MMC regulations and will speed up processing time. Step 4 Pay user fees. To further streamline the application process, mariners are encouraged to pay user fees on-line using https://www.pay.gov. The Coast Guard is currently working with the U. S. Department of the Treasury to update this system to reflect the new MMC fee schedule. A copy of your payment receipt should be included with your application. The MMC Final Rule changed the user fees, providing savings for some mariners. Step 5 Mail your application package to an REC. After April 15, 2009, you can mail your application to one of the 17 RECs. The mailing address for the RECs, can be found on our website at along with other For the latest merchant mariner credentialing program information, visit our web site at The National Maritime Center is an ISO 9001:2000 Compliant Organization.

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