This page includes helpful information regarding maritime employment with MSC. If you are a current MSC employee looking for resources, visit the Current CIVMAR Site. If you are looking for Ashore employment information, visit the Work Ashore page.
Merchant Mariners Credential
The Merchant Mariner Credential (MMC) is issued by the United States Coast Guard’s National Maritime Center and is documentation of a mariner’s approved endorsements. You must have at least ten months remaining before your MMC’s expiration date to apply with MSC. This document is required to apply for all our seagoing positions as it tells us what duties you’re capable of performing and which positions you’re best suited for.
- Merchant Mariner Credential Application – Download the instructions and application for obtaining your MMC.
- Locations of Regional Examination Centers – The Coast Guard has nationwide RECs where MMC applications are processed and credentials are issued. These are specific instructions on how to submit your applications electronically to one of these offices.
- Military to Mariner – MARAD has created a program specifically for transitioning military interested in obtaining an MMC.
A valid U.S. passport is required documentation for MSC’s application process. You must have at least seven months remaining before your expiration date. If necessary renew your passport.
TWIC and CAC
A Transportation Worker Identification Credential (TWIC) or Department of Defense (DOD) Common Access Card (CAC) provides U.S. maritime workers unescorted access to secure areas of port facilities and vessels. Your TWIC and/or CAC must have a minimum of ten months remaining prior to expiration in order to apply for all seagoing positions with MSC. Additionally, you will need to obtain a TWIC in order to begin the application process for your Merchant Mariner Credential (MMC). To apply for a TWIC, visit one of the 140 registration offices located throughout the U.S.
NOTE: If you intend to apply for your MMC after applying for your TWIC, you must list your occupation as Merchant Mariner on the TWIC application. The USGC relies on data provided by the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) when evaluating MMC applications and all data must match. If a TWIC applicant does not list his or her occupation as Merchant Mariner, the USCG cannot reconcile the data provided by the TSA. In such cases, mariners may be asked to work with TSA to update information, which could result in MMC application issuance delays.
Having relevant seagoing experience will improve your chances of getting hired with MSC. If you’re an entry-level prospect looking to “get your feet wet” or a current merchant marine interested in obtaining new skills for higher MMC endorsements, visit our Training School Search page to find a school near you.