For all the aspiring Merchant Mariners out there, this week’s #Wednesdaywisdom
is for you! Here is a breakdown of what a Merchant Mariner Credential (MMC) is, how you can obtain one and what you can do with it.
1. What is a MMC? An MMC is a license issued by the U.S. Coast Guard that allows a mariner to operate on a commercial vessel in the capacity endorsed on the MMC. All mariners employed aboard U.S. commercial vessels greater than 100 gross tons, operators of un-inspected passenger vessels, and masters of inspected passenger vessels are required to have a valid U.S. MMC.
2. What kind of work can I do with an MMC? With a valid MMC, you may work in the deck, engineering, or steward’s departments of a ship. The capacity you can work and what you can do will depend on the type of rating and endorsement(s) you hold.
3. Where can I get an MMC? You may apply for an MMC at any of the 17 Coast Guard Regional Examination Centers (RECs) <a href="https://goo.gl/azQC8m." target="_blank">https://goo.gl/azQC8m.</a> There are several requirements for obtaining an MMC, including the completion of an application and payment of user fees. All of the requirements are listed on the National Maritime Center's
credentialing process page here: <a href="https://goo.gl/JgZ3VR" target="_blank">https://goo.gl/JgZ3VR</a>