In a publish on the Coast Guard Maritime Commons weblog, Rear Admiral R. V. Timme, U.S. Coast Guard Assistant Commandant for Prevention Coverage says that the Coast Guard continues to guage the affect of the COVID-19 affect to the maritime trade and mariners with a view to take motion wanted to make sure the continuity of the Maritime Transportation System (MTS).
On this mild, the Coast Guard has posted Change 5 to MSIB 08-20, titled COVID-19 – Mariner Credentials, which updates info on extensions to service provider mariner credentials, medical certificates and course approvals.
The next important adjustments are offered in Change 5 to MSIB 08-20:
- Service provider mariner credentials, each nationwide and STCW, and medical certificates that expire between March 1, 2020 and June 30, 2021 are prolonged. The credentials are prolonged to the EARLIER of October 31, 2021 or one yr from the expiration date of the credential. This displays the truth that our statutory authority to increase credentials is proscribed to at least one yr.
- In mild of the current closures of Regional Examination Facilities to the general public, approval to check letters and course approval certificates that expire between March 1, 2020 and June 30, 2021 are prolonged to October 31, 2021.