This reminder was sent to industry members on Thursday 3-27-2008 at 1:17pm. There are some important tips for you in this so please read carefully.
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Greetings Industry Members:
Just a quick reminder that since we are closed to the public on Fridays, today is essentially our last day operating as a full service Regional Examination Center (REC). As per attached notice I sent you back on 18 March, we will start operating as a transitioned REC beginning Monday, 31 March 2008. This means that beginning that day, all new applications received will be sent to, and evaluated by the National Maritime Center (NMC) vice REC Puget Sound.
We will however, continue to be a testing center for those who have been evaluated and approved to test by the NMC, but in those cases, all licenses, merchant marine documents, and/or STCW certificates for those passing their exams will be issued by the NMC and mailed directly to the applicants. In other words, with regard to any/all applications received on, or after 31 March 08, REC Puget Sound “will no longer be issuing” such instruments to those applicants, only the NMC.
Finally, with regard to applications submitted to us “prior to 31 March 08″ while we were still operating as a full service REC, all licenses, merchant marine documents, and/or STCW certificates tied to those applications will no longer be issued by our office beginning on, or after 28 April 08. The reason for this is beginning 28 April 08 we will no longer be in possession of any license, MMD, or STCW stock, nor the hardware/software capabilities needed to issue them at the local REC level. On 28 April 08, all stock and equipment will be shipped from the local REC to the NMC where the credentials will be issued from instead. Recommend you pass on this information to any/all mariners you may have in your employ who currently have pre 31 March 08 applications on file at REC Seattle.
Chief, REC Puget Sound