4/C Deck & Engine Spring Training

TO:              4/C Deck and Engine Cadets
FROM:        LT White, Mariner Credentialing
SUBJECT:  Freshman STCW Training and Credentialing Spring 2020 


Welcome back!   Just a few administrative reminders about spring 2020:

At this point, you all should have your TWIC, completed VPDSD training and be in the process of obtaining your Cadet Merchant Mariner Credential (MMC) which you will put to use during your junior year for commercial shipping.  In order to commercial ship, you must maintain your academic and disciplinary records leading up to & during junior year. 

1Merchant Mariner Credentialing Meeting:  There is a cadet MMC meeting for any 4/c, spring admit, transfer, or bump up cadet that did not apply for a cadet MMC in the fall.  The meeting is Wednesday, 11 March @ 0700 in Flanagan Hall.

 2.  TWIC:  Transportation Worker Identification Credential -   A requirement for all Deck and Engine cadets to complete to apply for your Cadet Merchant Mariner Credential (MMC).  You should have completed the process in the fall when applying for your MMC but if you did not, apply now.  Go to the Transportation Security Administration website:  https://www.tsa.gov/for-industry/twic.  You can apply online, then make your appointment to visit a TWIC center to complete the process & make your payment. 

3.  VPDSD TRAINING:  Vessel Security for Persons with Designated Security Duties: This is a 10-hour course requirement to obtain your MMC, commercial ship and graduate.  The final opportunity to complete the training is Friday/Saturday, May 1 & 2, 2020.  Register now in Self Service/Web Advisor for STCW-VPDSD.  You must complete the full 10 hours, pass the test to receive your certificate of completion.

4.  MMC application packet dueIf you did not submit a complete Merchant Mariner Credential application packet in the fall, submit your packet to the Mariner Credentialing office no later than 1600 April 21, 2020.  NO exceptions.   The CG-719B Merchant Mariner Credential application form, payment information, and required documents are found on our website.

5.  Maintenance is a graduation requirement.  Every MENG & MTRA student, including bump-ups, must complete 7 semesters prior to graduation.  If you have any questions regarding maintenance hours, see Ms. Nancy McGinn on the quarter deck, TS Kennedy, or you may reach her through email at nmcginn@maritime.edu.

Visit our website. There are USCG forms to use for licensing, instructions to assist you with completing them, as well as all of your STCW training requirements to be completed each semester.  Start at https://www.maritime.edu/academics, then navigate to Mariner Credentialing in the fourth column to the right of the page.  In particular, note “Freshman Training”.

I cannot over-emphasize the need for you to meet all deadlines, to turn in complete and accurate paperwork, and the need to read and comply with all emails, memos and requests originating from the Mariner Credentialing office. The fastest way for us to reach you is phone/voicemail.  You must have a cell phone number with voicemail with YOUR NAME receiving the call and that you check daily.

There are several sources of media available for you to know what is happening:  MMA email, Plan of the WEEK (POW), television monitors located in various buildings, the Mariner Credentialing website.  If you have questions, please see me in the Harrington Building, 2nd Floor, or call me @ 508-830-5000, ext., 2045, email gwhite@maritime.edu.  I look forward to a wonderful and productive semester!

For a PDF version, 4/C Deck & Engine Spring 2020