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DHS/USCG RIN: 1625-AC46 Publication ID: Spring 2019 
Title: Amendments to the Marine Radar Observer Refresher Training Regulations 

This rule allows U.S. merchant mariners with sufficient and relevant, recent sea service to harmonize the expiration dates of both their Merchant Mariner Credential and its radar observer endorsement, as well as maintaining the validity of their Merchant Mariner Credential’s radar observer endorsement without completing formal recertification training.

Agency: Department of Homeland Security(DHS)  Priority: Substantive, Nonsignificant 
RIN Status: Previously published in the Unified Agenda Agenda Stage of Rulemaking: Final Rule Stage 
Major: No  Unfunded Mandates: No 
EO 13771 Designation: Deregulatory 
CFR Citation: 46 CFR 10    46 CFR 11    46 CFR 15   
Legal Authority: 46 U.S.C. 7302    46 U.S.C. 7101    Pub. L. 115-282   
Legal Deadline:
Action Source Description Date
Other  Statutory  CGAA 2018, sec. 829 requires by Feb. 2, 2019, a final rule eliminating requirement that a mariner actively using the mariner's credential complete an approved refresher course.  02/02/2019 
Other  Statutory  CGAA 2015, sec. 304 requires that the process must be established within 1 year (8 Feb 2017) and completed within 6 years of CGAA 2015, being enacted (8 Feb 2016).  02/08/2017 
Action Date FR Cite
NPRM  06/11/2018  83 FR 26933   
NPRM Comment Period End  07/11/2018 
Final Rule  05/00/2019 
Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No  Government Levels Affected: None 
Federalism: No 
Included in the Regulatory Plan: No 
RIN Data Printed in the FR: No 
Agency Contact:
Megan Johns
Project Manager
Department of Homeland Security
U.S. Coast Guard
CG-MMC-2, 2703 Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue SE, STOP 7509,
Washington, DC 20593-7509
Phone:202 372-1225