Sunday, June 4, 2017

About USMMA - U.S. Merchant Marine Academy

About USMMA - U.S. Merchant Marine Academy: The purpose of the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy is to ensure that such people are available to the nation as shipboard officers and as leaders in the transportation field who will meet the challenges of the present and the future.

Saturday, April 29, 2017

3/22/2017: Drug testing options for mariner credential applications « Coast Guard Maritime Commons

Randolph Rosarion M.D., Certified MRO (Medical Review Officer), certified by the Medical Review Officer Certification Council (MROCC), performs the full, comprehensive Merchant Mariner Credential Medical evaluation, and completes Form 719-K-Application for Merchant Mariner Medical Certificate.   Mariner applicants that require DOT drug testing can be drug tested immediately and Dr. Rosarion will complete Form 719-P-DOT/USCG Periodic Drug Testing Form, in order for applicant to meet USCG requirements.  All drug test results will be received directly by Dr. Rosarion from a SAMSHA certified laboratory.  Form 719-P will then be completed in an expedited manner to save the mariner time.  In addition, mariners that need to be enrolled in a DOT Drug and alcohol consortium can also be enrolled here, as well as mariners needing special testing such as audiometer, and pulmonary function tests (PFTs).

3/22/2017: Drug testing options for mariner credential applications « Coast Guard Maritime Commons

Friday, March 11, 2016

Merchant Mariner Medical Advisory Meeting

The Merchant Mariner Medical Advisory Committee will meet on March 14 and March 15, 2016 to address medical certification of merchant mariners and the medical standards for issuance of certificates to operators of commercial vessels.  The meetings will be held at the Crowley Maritime Corporation on the 1st Floor Conference Room, 9487 Regency Square Blvd.  Jacksonville, Fl 32225.  (  The details of the meeting and the agendas to be addressed can be found at:

On 2/18/2015 a Proposed Rule was published in the Federal Register by the U.S. Coast Guard addressing: Medical Waivers for Merchant Mariner Credential Applicants with cardiomyopathy, obstructive sleep apnea, narcolepsy, and diabetes.  The comment period was closed on 5/19/2015.    

Saturday, February 27, 2016

Form CG_719K Merchant Mariner Medical Certificate

Department of Homeland Security U.S. Coast Guard Application for Merchant Mariner Medical certificate;
Updated Form   CG_719K:

This form is required for applicants seeking a medical certificate and must be submitted to the Coast Guard.  For those applicant seeking a raise in grade and haven't submitted this medical examination report within the  last 3 years, they must submit this form as well.  See the National Maritime Center for more information.

Monday, May 11, 2015

Types of Color Vision Tests - AOPA

Color vision testing is an important component in the evaluation of the merchant mariner.  A mariner is required to react to visual alarms and instructions during normal and emergency situations while on board a vessel.  Several methods can be used to evaluate a merchant mariner for color vision as detailed on the CG-719k (Merchant Mariner Credential Medical Evaluation Report Form). In general, color blindness is mainly an inherited trait more commonly affecting male for the following reasons explained here.  The previous highlighted link above from AOPA (Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association) also reviews some of the types of color vision tests that are used in the evaluation of pilots, mariners and others.  

Sunday, April 5, 2015

Merchant Mariner Physicals

Physical examination to certify that merchant mariner applicant is fit to perform duties on board of vessel during normal operation and during emergencies.  CG-719K form completed.  Visit our website for more information or call 718-701-5949 for an appointment.