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US imposes security guards for crewmembers without visas

Britannia P&I Club informed that it has recently been advised that some operators have been charged USD3,600 for security guards in respect of crew members not holding current US visas, even though they were not disembarking. In order to avoid such charges, all crew should have valid visas before arriving at US ports.

USCG: Process of officer and rating endorsements after March 24

The US National Maritime Center provided information regarding how it will process applications for National Officer/Rating Endorsements that expire March 24, 2019. Under grandfathering provisions, mariners who started service or training for a national endorsement may qualify for the endorsement. However, mariners must meet certain criteria.

US National Maritime Center re-opens after partial shutdown

The National Maritime Centre (NMC) announced on January 28 that it has re-opened and that applies measures to highlight the increased levels of application inventory. NMC is working to minimize the negative impact to the maritime industry and will publish additional information regarding furlough recovery operations as needed. 

USCG informs about lapse in appropriations and mariner credentials

The National Maritime Center posted updated information for merchant mariners that are affected by the lapse in appropriation. The NMC said that the partial shutdown may affect the industry and cause inconvenience. Namely, USCG informed that there are extension for marine credentials.

90% of foreign seafarers allowed shore leave in US

Douglas B. Stevenson, Esq., Director of the Seamen’s Church Institute Center for Seafarers’ Rights presented the findings of the 2018 Shore Leave Survey. The surveys are conducted for one week each year and provide an assessment of seafarers’ ability to go on shore leave in the US. 

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