PVA President Testifies Before Congress

Monday, July 13, 2009

In testimony before Congress, PVA President Bill Clark told legislators that the Coast Guard’s centralized system for issuing merchant mariner credentials must be improved.

Captain Clark, who is also co-owner and operator of South Ferry, Inc., of Shelter Island, N.Y. testified before the House Subcommittee on Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation on the subject of the Coast Guard’s National Maritime Center and Mariner Credentials. 

“PVA is aware of too many instances in which a mariner has been prevented from working because of credentialing processing delays,” said Captain Clark.  “We don’t buy into the notion that a properly completed application should be held up in-system awaiting assignment to an evaluator.” 

Key points of Captain Clark’s testimony include:
•    Coast Guard credentials are essential for a mariner to be able to obtain a new job or to continue in an existing one.  Delays threaten a mariner’s livelihood.
•    The National Maritime Center’s (NMC) average processing time of 80 days must be drastically reduced. Mariners must also do their part by ensuring that their application package is complete.
•    Many delays have been associated with those applications for which medical reviews had to be done.  It is imperative that the NMC maintain adequate staffing levels to carry-out medial reviews expeditiously. 
•    With respect to medical evaluations, a bad situation will become even worse if the Coast Guard changes the requirement for a mariner evaluation to every two years instead of the current every five years.  PVA urges the Coast Guard to delay any move towards two-year evaluations until the current system demonstrates that it can issue credentials in a timely manner.  
•    PVA urges the Coast Guard to expand its “trusted agent” program as a way to ease the pressures on the NMC by ensuring that mariners submit complete and accurate applications.   
•    There should be one or more merchant mariners on staff at NMC to serve as a point of contact for mariners and who can advocate for them within the NMC. 

A copy of PVA’s full written statement can be accessed at: http://www.pvastaff.com/pvamemberupdate/pvaCGCtestimony.pdf

Maritime Today

The Maritime Industry's original and most viewed E-News Service

Maritime Reporter November 2015 Digital Edition
FREE Maritime Reporter Subscription
Latest Maritime News    rss feeds


Nakilat Damen Shipyards Qatar JV is 5

On 23 November 2015, Nakilat Damen Shipyards Qatar celebrated its first 5 years of operation. With 40 vessels delivered or under construction, the yard has proven

Deltamarin to Designs First LNG Handysize Bulk Carriers

Deltamarin Ltd proudly announces that it has signed a contract to design the world’s first LNG handysize bulk carriers, which will point the way towards greener shipping of commodities.

Wärtsilä's' Digital Services for Performance Enhancement

Wärtsilä, a global leader in complete lifecycle solutions for the marine and energy markets, launches a new service portfolio, Wärtsilä Genius services to help

Maritime Careers / Shipboard Positions Maritime Security Navigation Pipelines Pod Propulsion Port Authority Salvage Ship Electronics Sonar Winch
rss | archive | history | articles | privacy | contributors | top maritime news | about us | copyright | maritime magazines
maritime security news | shipbuilding news | maritime industry | shipping news | maritime reporting | workboats news | ship design | maritime business

Time taken: 0.0927 sec (11 req/sec)