This was just passed to me and I must pass it along as it concerns a large portion of you.
John K., Thank you for sharing this.
One comment that I would like to make here, is that so many of the small boat owners who now have or are planning on getting a U. S. Coast Guard License as Master of vessels up to 100 gross register tons or Operator of Uninspected Passenger Vessels (6-Pack), don’t realize that they are now a growing part of the Merchant Marines. I have had so many of you tell me, “this doesn’t concern me, I’m not a merchant marine.” OH boy, sit up and take notice my friends, YOU ARE A MERCHANT MARINE, and THIS DOES CONCERN YOU!
You may have gotten your license for many different reasons like, “Insurance rates are lower if I get this license”; “I just like the status and looking at the license hanging on the wall”; “My wife would not let me have a boat until I got this license”; and oh so many other reasons. It doesn’t matter why you got the license what matters now is the fact that you are now part of the Merchant Marines’ and the law’s being written do affect YOU! So be sure you find out all that you can because you don’t want to get caught out on the water with you top sail down.
Touch Keys with you later,
Bill to exempt some mariners from TWIC
Monday, August 04, 2008
Senator Coleman (R-MN) introduced the Small Marine Business and Fishing Guide Relief Act of 2008 (S. 3377) to amend title 46, United States Code, to waive the biometric transportation security card requirement for certain small business merchant mariners, and for other purposes. This bill, if enacted into law, would exempt from the requirement for a Transportation Worker Identification Credential (TWIC) merchant mariners serving on vessels the owner or operator of which is not required to submit a vessel security plan. The official text of the bill is not yet available, but an advance copy has been circulated. (HK Law)