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United States Coast Guard
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Phone: (202) 267-2200
7 JAN 2000
COMMANDANT INSTRUCTION 16721.1
Subj: STANDARDS FOR OVERSIGHT OF LICENSING AND SEAMAN'S CERTIFICATION
PURPOSE. The purpose of this Instruction is to formally promulgate existing policy and more
clearly delineate the standards and reporting requirements for conducting oversight of Coast
Guard approved courses and non-governmental parties that perform services related to the
issuance of merchant marine licenses, certificates of registry, and merchant mariner's
ACTION. Area and district commanders, and commanding officers of units with marine
safety program responsibilities shall be guided by the provisions of this Instruction.
DIRECTIVES AFFECTED. None.
The Coast Guard's oversight program ensures that persons and agencies acting in lieu of
the Coast Guard by performing functions related to the issuance of mariners' credentials
are performing their duties in a manner that meets all regulatory and policy standards.
Oversight of training programs ensures compliance with the course's approval letter and