The Department of Transportation Maritime Administration is publishing an interim final rule on Merchant Marine Training (46 CFR 310), effective July 8, 2004. In their summary of the rule, the Maritime Administration states that these changes will update “the Maritime Education and Training regulations to conform with … the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2004 (and) makes non-substantive technical changes to part 310.”
Among the changes to the rule are several important provisions, including:
- An increase in the student incentive payment amount to $4000 per annum;
- Separation of an individual from the School no longer releases an individual from his or her service obligations;
- Changes in the license maintenance requirements following graduation, so that a graduate can satisfy this requirement by maintaining a more restricted Coast Guard license rather than a continuity license;
- Failure to fulfill service obligations leading to the possibility of active duty in the Armed Forces.
The DOT is considering comments through August 9, 2004. Further information can be obtained through Jay Gordon, Maritime Administration, 400 7th St., SW., Washington, DC 20590; telephone: (202) 366-5173; or e-mail: Jay.Gordon@marad.dot.gov.