Part 10 Merchant Mariner Credential
Part 11 Requirements for Officer Endorsements
Part 12 Requirements for Rating Endorsements
Part 13 Certification of Tankermen
Part 14 Shipment and Discharge of Merchant Mariners
Part 15 Manning Requirements
Part 16 Chemical Testing

Terms Used In CFR > Title 46 > Chapter I > Subchapter B

  • Able seafarer-deck: means a rating qualified in accordance with the provisions of Regulation II/5 of the STCW Convention. See 46 CFR 10.107
  • Able seafarer-engine: means a rating qualified in accordance with the provisions of Regulation III/5 of the STCW Convention. See 46 CFR 10.107
  • Act: means the Materials Act of July 31, 1947, as amended (30 U. See 43 CFR 3601.5
  • Allegation: something that someone says happened.
  • Annual percentage rate: The cost of credit at a yearly rate. It is calculated in a standard way, taking the average compound interest rate over the term of the loan so borrowers can compare loans. Lenders are required by law to disclose a card account's APR. Source: FDIC
  • Appropriation: The provision of funds, through an annual appropriations act or a permanent law, for federal agencies to make payments out of the Treasury for specified purposes. The formal federal spending process consists of two sequential steps: authorization
  • Approved: means approved by the Coast Guard. See 46 CFR 10.107
  • Approved training: means training that is approved by the Coast Guard or meets the requirements of §10. See 46 CFR 10.107
  • Assets: (1) The property comprising the estate of a deceased person, or (2) the property in a trust account.
  • Assistance towing: means towing a disabled vessel for consideration. See 46 CFR 10.107
  • Bankruptcy: Refers to statutes and judicial proceedings involving persons or businesses that cannot pay their debts and seek the assistance of the court in getting a fresh start. Under the protection of the bankruptcy court, debtors may discharge their debts, perhaps by paying a portion of each debt. Bankruptcy judges preside over these proceedings.
  • Barge: means a non-self propelled vessel as defined in 46 U. See 46 CFR 10.107
  • BLM: means the Bureau of Land Management. See 43 CFR 3601.5
  • Boatswain: means the leading seaman and immediate supervisor of deck crew who supervises the maintenance of deck gear. See 46 CFR 10.107
  • Cargo engineer: means a person holding an officer endorsement on a dangerous-liquid tankship or a liquefied-gas tankship whose primary responsibility is maintaining the cargo system and cargo-handling equipment. See 46 CFR 10.107
  • Ceremonial license: means a document that reflects a mariner's existing national officer endorsement and is suitable for framing, but is not valid for use as a Merchant Mariner Credential (MMC). See 46 CFR 10.107
  • Chemical tanker: means a tank vessel that is certificated to carry or carries chemicals in bulk as cargo or cargo residue. See 46 CFR 10.107
  • Chief engineer: means the senior engineer responsible for the mechanical propulsion and the operation and maintenance of the mechanical and electrical installations of the vessel. See 46 CFR 10.107
  • Chief mate: means the deck officer next in rank to the master and upon whom the command of the vessel will fall in the event of incapacity of the master. See 46 CFR 10.107
  • Coast Guard-accepted QSS organization: means an entity that has been approved by the Coast Guard to accept and monitor training on behalf of the Coast Guard. See 46 CFR 10.107
  • Coastwise voyage: is a domestic voyage and means a voyage in which a vessel proceeds--

    (1) From one port or place in the United States to another port or place in the United States. See 46 CFR 10.107

  • Common use area: means a generally broad geographic area from which BLM can make disposals of mineral materials to many persons, with only negligible surface disturbance. See 43 CFR 3601.5
  • Community pit: means a relatively small, defined area from which BLM can make disposals of mineral materials to many persons. See 43 CFR 3601.5
  • Complaint: A written statement by the plaintiff stating the wrongs allegedly committed by the defendant.
  • Continuance: Putting off of a hearing ot trial until a later time.
  • Conviction: A judgement of guilt against a criminal defendant.
  • Conviction: means that the applicant for a merchant mariner credential has been found guilty, by judgment or plea by a court of record of the United States, the District of Columbia, any State, territory, or possession of the United States, a foreign country, or any military court, of a criminal felony or misdemeanor or of an offense described in section 205 of the National Driver Register Act of 1982, as amended (49 U. See 46 CFR 10.107
  • Credential: means any or all of the following:

    (1) Merchant mariner's document. See 46 CFR 10.107

  • Criminal record review: means the process or action taken by the Coast Guard to determine whether an applicant for, or holder of, a credential is a safe and suitable person to be issued such a credential or to be employed on a vessel under the authority of such a credential. See 46 CFR 10.107
  • Dangerous drug: means a narcotic drug, a controlled substance, or a controlled-substance analogue (as defined in section 102 of the Comprehensive Drug Abuse and Control Act of 1970 (21 U. See 46 CFR 10.107
  • Deck department: means the department aboard a ship responsible for navigation, cargo, command, and control functions. See 46 CFR 10.107
  • Designated areas: means those areas within pilotage waters for which first-class pilot's endorsements are issued under part 11, subpart G, of this chapter, by the Officer in Charge, Marine Inspection (OCMI). See 46 CFR 10.107
  • Designated medical examiner: means a licensed physician, licensed physician's assistant, or licensed nurse practitioner who has been trained and approved to conduct medical and physical examinations of merchant mariners on behalf of the U. See 46 CFR 10.107
  • Disabled vessel: means a vessel that needs assistance, whether docked, moored, anchored, aground, adrift, or underway. See 46 CFR 10.107
  • Document of Continuity: means a document issued by the Coast Guard to seafarers who are unwilling or otherwise unable to meet the requirements of §10. See 46 CFR 10.107
  • Domestic voyage: means a voyage from one United States port to another United States port, without entering waters under the jurisdiction of another country unless the United States has entered into a treaty or an agreement with that country respecting mutual recognition of national mariner qualifications. See 46 CFR 10.107
  • Drug test: means a chemical test of an individual's urine for evidence of dangerous drug use. See 46 CFR 10.107
  • Electro-technical officer: means an officer qualified in accordance with the provisions of Regulation III/6 of the STCW Convention. See 46 CFR 10.107
  • Electro-technical rating: means a rating qualified in accordance with the provisions of Regulation III/7 of the STCW Convention. See 46 CFR 10.107
  • Employment assigned to: means the total period of time a person is assigned to work on MODUs, including time spent ashore as part of normal crew rotation. See 46 CFR 10.107
  • Endorsement: is a statement of a mariner's qualifications and, for the purposes of this chapter, includes only those endorsements listed in §10. See 46 CFR 10.107
  • Engine department: means the department aboard a ship responsible for the main propulsion and auxiliary systems, and other mechanical, electrical, hydraulic, and refrigeration systems, including deck machinery and cargo-handling equipment. See 46 CFR 10.107
  • Evaluation: means processing an application, from the point of receipt to approval or denial of the application, including review of all documents and records submitted with an application as well as those obtained from public records and databases. See 46 CFR 10.107
  • Fails a chemical test for dangerous drugs: means that the result of a chemical test conducted under 49 CFR part 40 was reported as "positive" by a Medical Review Officer because the chemical test indicated the presence of a dangerous drug at a level equal to or exceeding the levels established in 49 CFR part 40. See 46 CFR 10.107
  • Felony: A crime carrying a penalty of more than a year in prison.
  • First assistant engineer: means the engineer officer next in rank to the chief engineer and upon whom the responsibility for the mechanical propulsion and the operation and maintenance of the mechanical and electrical installations of the vessel will fall in the event of the incapacity of the chief engineer. See 46 CFR 10.107
  • Freedom of Information Act: A federal law that mandates that all the records created and kept by federal agencies in the executive branch of government must be open for public inspection and copying. The only exceptions are those records that fall into one of nine exempted categories listed in the statute. Source: OCC
  • Grace period: The number of days you'll have to pay your bill for purchases in full without triggering a finance charge. Source: Federal Reserve
  • Gross tonnage or GT: means the gross tonnage measurement of the vessel under 46 U. See 46 CFR 10.107
  • Harbor assist: means the use of a towing vessel during maneuvers to dock, undock, moor, or unmoor a vessel, or to escort a vessel with limited maneuverability. See 46 CFR 10.107
  • ILO: means the International Labour Organization. See 46 CFR 10.107
  • IMO: means the International Maritime Organization. See 46 CFR 10.107
  • Increase in scope: means additional authority added to an existing credential, such as adding a new route or increasing the authorized horsepower or tonnage. See 46 CFR 10.107
  • Indictment: The formal charge issued by a grand jury stating that there is enough evidence that the defendant committed the crime to justify having a trial; it is used primarily for felonies.
  • Inland waters: means the navigable waters of the United States shoreward of the Boundary Lines as described in part 7 of this chapter, excluding the Great Lakes, and, for towing vessels, excluding the Western Rivers. See 46 CFR 10.107
  • Integrated tug barge or ITB: means any tug barge combination which, through the use of special design features or a specially designed connection system, has increased seakeeping capabilities relative to a tug and barge in the conventional pushing mode. See 46 CFR 10.107
  • Interest rate: The amount paid by a borrower to a lender in exchange for the use of the lender's money for a certain period of time. Interest is paid on loans or on debt instruments, such as notes or bonds, either at regular intervals or as part of a lump sum payment when the issue matures. Source: OCC
  • Invalid credential: means an MMC, MMD, license, STCW endorsement, or Certificate of Registry that has been suspended or revoked, has expired, has been tampered with, has not been signed, or has been superseded in accordance with §10. See 46 CFR 10.107
  • ISM: means the International Safety Management Code. See 46 CFR 10.107
  • Kilowatt or kW: means 146 CFR 10.107
  • Lease: A contract transferring the use of property or occupancy of land, space, structures, or equipment in consideration of a payment (e.g., rent). Source: OCC
  • Lifeboatman: means a mariner who is qualified to take charge of, lower, and operate survival craft and related survival equipment on a vessel. See 46 CFR 10.107
  • Lifeboatman-Limited: means a mariner who is qualified to take charge of, lower, and operate liferafts, rescue boats, and other survival equipment on vessels where lifeboats are not installed. See 46 CFR 10.107
  • Liquefied gas or LG: means a cargo that has a vapor pressure of 172 kPa (25 psia) or more at 37. See 46 CFR 10.107
  • Liquefied gas tanker: means a tank vessel that is certificated to carry or carries liquefied gases in bulk as cargo or cargo residue. See 46 CFR 10.107
  • Liquid cargo in bulk: means a liquid or liquefied gas listed in §153. See 46 CFR 10.107
  • Management level: means the level of responsibility associated with--

    (1) Serving as master, chief mate, chief engineer officer or second engineer officer onboard a seagoing ship. See 46 CFR 10.107

  • Marine chemist: means a person certificated by the National Fire Protection Association as a marine chemist. See 46 CFR 10.107
  • Master: means the officer having command of a vessel. See 46 CFR 10.107
  • Mate: means a qualified officer in the deck department other than the master. See 46 CFR 10.107
  • Medical Certificate: means a certificate issued by the Coast Guard under 46 CFR part 10, subpart C that serves as proof that the seafarer meets the medical and physical standards for merchant mariners. See 46 CFR 10.107
  • Merchant Mariner Credential or MMC: means a credential issued by the Coast Guard under 46 CFR part 10. See 46 CFR 10.107
  • Misdemeanor: Usually a petty offense, a less serious crime than a felony, punishable by less than a year of confinement.
  • MMC application: means the application for the MMC, as well as the application for any endorsement on an MMC. See 46 CFR 10.107
  • Mobile offshore drilling unit or MODU: means a vessel capable of engaging in drilling operations for the exploration for or exploitation of subsea resources. See 46 CFR 10.107
  • Month: means 30 days, for the purpose of complying with the service requirements of this subchapter. See 46 CFR 10.107
  • National Driver Register or NDR: means the nationwide repository of information on drivers maintained by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration under 49 U. See 46 CFR 10.107
  • National officer endorsement: means an annotation on an MMC that allows a mariner to serve in the capacities listed in §10. See 46 CFR 10.107
  • National rating endorsement: means an annotation on an MMC that allows a mariner to serve in those capacities set out in §10. See 46 CFR 10.107
  • NDR-listed convictions: means a conviction of any of the following motor vehicle-related offenses or comparable offenses:

    (1) Operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of, or impaired by, alcohol or a controlled substance. See 46 CFR 10.107

  • Oath: A promise to tell the truth.
  • Oceans: means the waters seaward of the Boundary Lines as described in 46 CFR part 7. See 46 CFR 10.107
  • Officer endorsement: means an annotation on an MMC that allows a mariner to serve in the capacities listed in §10. See 46 CFR 10.107
  • Offshore installation manager or OIM: means an officer restricted to service on MODUs. See 46 CFR 10.107
  • Oil tanker: means a tank vessel that is certificated to carry or carries oil in bulk as cargo or cargo residue. See 46 CFR 10.107
  • On location: means that a mobile offshore drilling unit is bottom bearing or moored with anchors placed in the drilling configuration. See 46 CFR 10.107
  • Operational level: means the level of responsibility associated with--

    (1) Serving as officer in charge of a navigational or engineering watch, or as designated duty engineer for periodically unmanned machinery spaces, or as radio operator onboard a seagoing ship. See 46 CFR 10.107

  • Orally assisted examination: means an examination as described in 46 CFR, part 11, subpart I of this subchapter administered orally and documented by a Coast Guard examiner. See 46 CFR 10.107
  • Overriding operational condition: means circumstances in which essential shipboard work cannot be delayed due to safety or environmental reasons, or could not have reasonably been anticipated at the commencement of the voyage. See 46 CFR 10.107
  • Oversight: Committee review of the activities of a Federal agency or program.
  • Passes a chemical test for dangerous drugs: means that the result of a chemical test conducted according to 49 CFR part 40 is reported as "negative" by a Medical Review Officer according to that part. See 46 CFR 10.107
  • Performance bond: means a bond to ensure compliance with the terms of the contract and reclamation of the site as BLM requires. See 43 CFR 3601.5
  • Periodically unattended engine room: means a space containing main propulsion and associated machinery and all sources of main electrical supply which is not at all times manned under all operating conditions, including maneuvering. See 46 CFR 10.107
  • Permittee: means any Federal, State, or territorial agency, unit, or subdivision, including municipalities, or any non-profit organization, to which BLM issued a free use permit for the removal of mineral materials from the public lands. See 43 CFR 3601.5
  • Personal property: All property that is not real property.
  • PIC: means a person in charge. See 46 CFR 10.107
  • Pilot of towing vessels: means a qualified officer of a towing vessel operated only on inland routes. See 46 CFR 10.107
  • Pilotage waters: means the navigable waters of the United States, including all inland waters and offshore waters to a distance of 3 nautical miles from the baseline from which the Territorial Sea is measured. See 46 CFR 10.107
  • Plea: In a criminal case, the defendant's statement pleading "guilty" or "not guilty" in answer to the charges, a declaration made in open court.
  • Power of attorney: A written instrument which authorizes one person to act as another's agent or attorney. The power of attorney may be for a definite, specific act, or it may be general in nature. The terms of the written power of attorney may specify when it will expire. If not, the power of attorney usually expires when the person granting it dies. Source: OCC
  • Practical demonstration: means the performance of an activity under the direct observation of a designated examiner or qualified assessor for the purpose of establishing that the performer is sufficiently proficient in a practical skill to meet a specified standard of competence or other objective criterion. See 46 CFR 10.107
  • Probation: A sentencing alternative to imprisonment in which the court releases convicted defendants under supervision as long as certain conditions are observed.
  • Probation officers: Screen applicants for pretrial release and monitor convicted offenders released under court supervision.
  • Propulsion power: means the total maximum continuous-rated output power of the main propulsion machinery of a vessel determined by the manufacturer, in either kilowatts or horsepower, which appears on the ship's Certificate of Registry or other official document and excludes thrusters and other auxiliary machinery. See 46 CFR 10.107
  • Public lands: means any lands and interest in lands owned by the United States and administered by the Secretary of the Interior through BLM without regard to how the United States acquired ownership, except lands held for the benefit of Indians, Aleuts, and Eskimos. See 43 CFR 3601.5
  • Public vessel: means a vessel that--

    (1) Is owned, or demise chartered, and operated by the United States Government or a government of a foreign country. See 46 CFR 10.107

  • Purchaser: means any person, including a business or government entity, buying or holding a contract to purchase mineral materials on the public lands. See 43 CFR 3601.5
  • Push-mode ITBs: means those ITBs that involve a rigid coupling system and, when not coupled to the barge, are incapable of conducting towing in any other configuration (such as astern or alongside) because, by themselves, they have very limited seakeeping capability. See 46 CFR 10.107
  • Qualified Assessor or QA: means a person who is qualified to evaluate, for STCW endorsements, whether an applicant has demonstrated the necessary level of competence in the task for which the assessment is being made. See 46 CFR 10.107
  • Qualified instructor: means a person who has been trained in instructional techniques and is otherwise qualified to provide required training to candidates for an MMC endorsement. See 46 CFR 10.107
  • Qualified rating: means various categories of able seaman, qualified member of the engine department, or tankerman endorsements issued on MMCs. See 46 CFR 10.107
  • Quality Standard System or QSS: means a set of policies, procedures, processes, and data required to establish and fulfill the organization's objectives. See 46 CFR 10.107
  • Raise of grade: means an increase in the level of authority and responsibility associated with an officer or rating endorsement, such as from mate to master or second assistant engineer to first assistant engineer. See 46 CFR 10.107
  • Rating endorsement: is an annotation on an MMC that allows a mariner to serve in those capacities set out in §10. See 46 CFR 10.107
  • Regional examination center or REC: means a field office of the National Maritime Center that receives and screens credential applications, conducts approved course oversight, and administers Coast Guard examinations as required by this subchapter. See 46 CFR 10.107
  • Rest: means a period of time during which the person concerned is off duty, is not performing work (which includes administrative tasks such as chart correction or preparation of port-entry documents), and is allowed to sleep without interruption. See 46 CFR 10.107
  • Restricted tankerman endorsement: means a valid tankerman endorsement on a merchant mariner credential restricting its holder as the Coast Guard deems appropriate. See 46 CFR 10.107
  • Rivers: means a river, canal, or other similar body of water designated as such by the Coast Guard. See 46 CFR 10.107
  • Safe and suitable person: means a person whose prior record, including but not limited to criminal record and/or NDR record, provides no information indicating that his or her character and habits of life would support the belief that permitting such a person to serve under the MMC and/or endorsement sought would clearly be a threat to the safety and security of life or property, detrimental to good discipline, or adverse to the interests of the United States. See 46 CFR 10.107
  • Seagoing service: means service onboard a ship/vessel relevant to the issue of a credential or other qualification. See 46 CFR 10.107
  • Seagoing vessel: means a ship that operates beyond the boundary line specified in 46 CFR part 7. See 46 CFR 10.107
  • Second engineer officer: means an engineer officer next in rank to the chief engineer officer and upon whom the responsibility for the mechanical propulsion and the operation and maintenance of the mechanical and electrical installations of the ship will fall in the event of the incapacity of the chief engineer officer. See 46 CFR 10.107
  • Senior company official: means the president, vice president, vice president for personnel, personnel director, or similarly titled or responsible individual, or another employee designated in writing by one of these individuals for the purpose of certifying employment. See 46 CFR 10.107
  • Ship: means a vessel using any mode of propulsion, including sail and auxiliary sail. See 46 CFR 10.107
  • Simulated transfer: means a transfer practiced in a course meeting the requirements of §13. See 46 CFR 10.107
  • Staff officer: means a person who holds an MMC with an officer endorsement listed in §10. See 46 CFR 10.107
  • Standard of competence: means the level of proficiency to be achieved for the proper performance of duties onboard vessels according to national and international criteria. See 46 CFR 10.107
  • STCW: means the International Convention on Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping for Seafarers, 1978, as amended (incorporated by reference, see §10. See 46 CFR 10.107
  • STCW Code: means the Seafarers' Training, Certification and Watchkeeping Code (incorporated by reference, see §10. See 46 CFR 10.107
  • STCW endorsement: means an annotation on an MMC that allows a mariner to serve in those capacities under §10. See 46 CFR 10.107
  • Support level: means the level of responsibility associated with performing assigned tasks, duties, or responsibilities onboard a seagoing ship under the direction of an individual serving in the operational or management level. See 46 CFR 10.107
  • Tank barge: means a non-self-propelled tank vessel. See 46 CFR 10.107
  • Tank vessel: means a vessel that is constructed or adapted to carry, or that carries, oil or hazardous material in bulk as cargo or cargo residue, and that--

    (1) Is a vessel of the United States. See 46 CFR 10.107

  • Tankerman assistant: means a person holding a valid "Tankerman-Assistant" endorsement on his or her MMC. See 46 CFR 10.107
  • Tankerman engineer: means a person holding a valid "Tankerman-Engineer" endorsement on his or her MMC. See 46 CFR 10.107
  • Tankerman PIC: means a person holding a valid "Tankerman-PIC" endorsement on his or her MMC. See 46 CFR 10.107
  • Tankship: means any self-propelled tank vessel constructed or adapted primarily to carry oil or hazardous material in bulk as cargo or as cargo residue. See 46 CFR 10.107
  • Training program: means a combination of training, practical assessment, and service which provides an individual with all or part of the necessary knowledge, understanding, and proficiency required for a specific qualification. See 46 CFR 10.107
  • Transcript: A written, word-for-word record of what was said, either in a proceeding such as a trial or during some other conversation, as in a transcript of a hearing or oral deposition.
  • Transfer: means any movement of fuel, dangerous liquid, or liquefied gas as cargo in bulk or as cargo residue to or from a vessel by means of pumping, gravitation, or displacement. See 46 CFR 10.107
  • Transportation Worker Identification Credential or TWIC: means an identification credential issued by the Transportation Security Administration under 49 CFR part 1572. See 46 CFR 10.107
  • Underway: means that a vessel is not at anchor, made fast to the shore, or aground. See 46 CFR 10.107
  • Undocumented vessel: means a vessel not required to have a certificate of documentation issued under the laws of the United States. See 46 CFR 10.107
  • Unlimited: means an annotation on an MMC authorizing service on vessels of any tonnage or any propulsion power. See 46 CFR 10.107
  • Vessel personnel with designated security duties: means a person, excluding the designated security officer (e. See 46 CFR 10.107
  • Year: means 360 days for the purpose of complying with the service requirements of this subchapter. See 46 CFR 10.107