Mariner credentialing hit by shutdown

As a result of the government shutdown, the National Maritime Center will maintain a very small staff to support any national security issues that emerge. The NMC will:

  • Maintain the Customer Service Call Center.888-IASKNMC will be open and monitored from 0800 until 2000 Eastern Time Monday through Friday. REC and NMC phones will not be monitored.
  • Maintain the NMC website. We will attempt to keep the industry up to date on our status via the website.
  • Regional Exam Centers will be closed.
    • Exam appointments will be cancelled and must be rescheduled after the shutdown is lifted. Online scheduling will be disabled.
    • Appointments to drop off applications will be cancelled and must be rescheduled after the shutdown is lifted. Online scheduling will be disabled.
    • There will be no walk ins.
    • Applications may continue to be mailed or emailed and will be processed when the shutdown is lifted.

The American Waterways Operators provided the below overview on how the government shutdown will affect federal functions that relate to the tug, towboat and barge industry:

Coast Guard 
Active duty Coast Guard personnel are not subject to furlough and will report to work as usual throughout the shutdown. Civilian Coast Guard personnel who are classified as “essential” will continue to report to work, while those not deemed “essential” are furloughed and are prohibited from working during the shutdown. (Decisions on who is “essential” are made by section chiefs at Coast Guard headquarters and in the field.)

Tank barge inspections and UTV exams will take place if they were scheduled to be performed by active duty or essential civilian personnel. Please call the Coast Guard sector or unit to confirm whether a scheduled inspection or exam will take place as scheduled.

TSA
TWIC enrollment centers will remain open and the TWIC Help Desk (866-DHS-TWIC) will remain active during the shutdown. Individuals can apply for and activate TWICs as usual.

EPA 
EPA launched the eNOI system yesterday and is now accepting NOI submissions for coverage under the 2013 VGP, but customer support for users of the system will be suspended during the shutdown.

EPA will not respond to formal or informal stakeholder inquiries during the shutdown, and expects a backlog to develop that will delay responses to inquiries once normal operations have resumed.

Army of Corps of Engineers
Operations and maintenance of navigation locks will continue with minimum staffing levels. Dredging of navigable waterways will continue.

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