COAST GUARD SEEKS NEW MEMBERS TO SERVE ON A MERCHANT MARINE ADVISORY COMMITTEE

COAST GUARD SEEKS NEW MEMBERS TO SERVE ON A MERCHANT MARINE ADVISORY COMMITTEE

The Coast Guard is seeking applications for membership on the Merchant Marine Personnel Advisory Committee.

The committee, or Merpac, provides advice and makes recommendations to the Coast Guard on training, qualification, licensing, certification and fitness of seafarers serving in the U.S. merchant marine.Applications must reach the Coast Guard by Aug. 1.

An application may be requested by writing to Commandant (G-MSO-1), U.S. Coast Guard, 2100 Second Street S.W., Washington, D.C. 20593-0001; by calling (202) 267-0229; or by faxing (202) 267-4570. Submit application forms to the same address. This notice is available on the Internet at http://dms.dot.gov.

The Coast Guard will consider applications for six positions that expire Jan. 31, 1999. Applicants with one or more of these backgrounds are needed to fill the positions: licensed deck officer, shipping company employed in ship operation management, licensed engineering officer, pilot, able bodied seaman, marine educator associated with a maritime academy.

Each member serves for a three-year term of three years.

Merpac provides advice and makes recommendations on merchant marine personnel issues such as implementation of the International Convention on Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping for Seafarers, types of marine simulation utilized in lieu of sea service for marine licenses, and regional examination center activities.

It meets at least twice a year, once in Washington, and once elsewhere in the country. Its subcommittees and working groups may also meet to consider issues.