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Unannounced changes to Coast Guard medical form cause problems for merchant mariners

The U.S. Coast Guard's National Maritime Center has apparently made more than one unannounced change to Form CG-719K, the Merchant Mariner Credential Medical Evaluation Report. This form, which is available on the National Maritime Center (NMC) Web site, is required as part of the submission of files for a new or renewal Merchant Mariner Credential.

On more than one occasion, it would seem the text contained in the last page of this form has been revised and the form reposted to the NMC Web site with no announcement. There have now been reports of the NMC rejecting applications from mariners seeking a new or renewal Merchant Mariner Credential because the most recent revision of CG-719K was not submitted, and older versions of the form -- obtained from the NMC Web site -- were submitted with the application packages.

For the NMC to accept an application for a new or renewal Merchant Mariner Credential, the most recent revision of the form -- CG-719K Rev. (01-09) -- must be submitted with the application. This form is available on the NMC Web site.

American Maritime Officers members who have completed a physical exam to include with an application for a new or renewal Merchant Mariner Credential, but have not yet submitted the application package, must have the physician who administered the physical download and fill out the most recent revision of CG-719K.

AMO members who took their physical at the AMO medical clinic located on the STAR Center campus in Dania Beach, Fla., can contact the clinic to ensure the proper version of the form is completed for their individual application. The AMO medical clinic can be reached by phone -- (954) 927-5213 -- FAX -- (954) 929-1415 -- or .
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