Summer 2010 News
Hello Fellow Captains,
Please find below some news and
other information of interest to licensed mariners and those who
have an interest in U.S.C.G. licensing issues.
We will try to update this news letter on a regular basis. The
information is in brief point format as we try to keep you abreast
of what you need to know.
For those who have been licensed for some time, are well aware
that changes continue to occur with the National Maritime Center.
Although many of the changes can be cumbersome, some are beneficial
to the Mariner.
Framed License Certificates
At the recent meeting for Maritime Educators in Orlando, Florida,
we were informed that it will once again be possible for licensed
mariners to have a framed certificate to go with their passport type
This service will be available by visiting the National Maritime
website at www.uscg.mil/nmc and following their directions. To print
a nice document, you will need a good Laser printer and resume type
Changes for 200 Ton License
It appears the 200 ton license will be removed from the tonnage
categories granted by the NMC. Although it is still possible to
obtain a a 200 ton license, eventually the category will be changed
to 500 ton. This means that candidates for licenses over 100 ton
will need to examine at a Regional Exam Center. Currently approved
schools can conduct classes and examine candidates up to a maximum
of 200 ton.
Problems with Application Paperwork
The National Maritime Center has become very concerned with
omissions on application paperwork. It was once possible to leave
such data as vessel depth blank, now a number must be inserted there
when filling out the Sea Service Affidavit.
Changes to Renewal Process
One nice change to National Maritime policy pertains to those
renewing ahead of time. It is now possible to submit your renewal
application up to one year ahead of expiration and the NMC will
renew your license on its expiration date. This means you will no
longer lose that time if renewing early.
Remember, failing to document 360 days of sea time at renewal
will require you to take the renewal exam. This is an open book
test, but can be difficult. A grade of 90% is required.
Although there have been some rumors as to the requirement for
TWIC to be dropped for license holders at 100 ton and less, nothing
concrete has occurred yet.
Always remember, licensing never gets easier. Do not let your
license lapse. Renewing for continuity is now free. Don't let your
credential expire. Forms are available on the NMC website that by
simply completing them and sending them in, will give you an
indefinite time frame to renew.
Please make a note of our NEW U.S. postal mailing address:
Sea Tech Marine
3840 East Robinson Road
Our Toll Free telephone number and
email addresses all remain the same.
Always feel free to
call us (Toll Free at
1-877-883-9366) with any questions you may have regarding
licenses, or send us an e-mail at:
Best Wishes to all our friends, dedicated instructors and staff,
and all our students and graduates. Thanks for your continued
Captain Dennis Daniels