A Coast Guard National Maritime Center (NMC) bulletin released yesterday said that some mariners have been issued medical certificates that will expire between January and September 2014.

Thus, to quickly provide medical certificates for mariners that sail internationally, the NMC will issue a new medical certificate with STCW expiration in 2015. This only applies to mariners whose Merchant Mariner Credential containing STCW endorsements were originally issued from January to September 2012. Also, mariners who have medical waivers that have an annual submission requirement will still receive a time-limited medical certificate that corresponds with the appropriate required submission dates.

Call 1-800-IASKNMC (1-800-437-5662) or email [email protected] for more information.