Exercise of Authority To Require Pilots To Submit Annual Physical Examinations
By this notice, the Coast Guard is exercising authority currently set forth in Coast Guard regulations to require all first class pilots on vessels greater than 1600 GRT, and other individuals who ``serve as'' pilots on certain types of vessels greater than 1600 gross registered tons (GRT), to provide a copy of their annual physical examination to the Coast Guard.
Medical and Physical Evaluation Guidelines for Merchant Mariner Credentials
The Coast Guard announces the availability of, and seeks public comment on, a draft Navigation and Vessel Inspection Circular (NVIC) to replace the existing NVIC 2-98, ``Physical Evaluation Guidelines for Merchant Mariner's Documents and Licenses.'' The new proposed NVIC is entitled ``Medical and Physical Evaluation Guidelines for Merchant Mariner Credentials.'' It will be officially numbered if and when it becomes effective. The contents of this NVIC were developed from recommendations and input provided by the Merchant Marine Personnel Advisory Committee (MERPAC) and experienced maritime community medical practitioners. A copy of the proposed NVIC has been posted to the public docket for this notice, and it is available as described under ADDRESSES.