What experiences are mariners having withe the USCG Mariner Credential Verification “feature” on the web?
The Credential Verification website is suppose to provide a reliable method for owners, managers, and Port State Control to verify what Credentials a Mariner has, that they are valid, and when they expire.
The USCG website is telling potential employers “This Mariner has no valid credentials.” I tried the website several times and got the same bullshit. Of course NMC is closed. Even if it were open, you’d never get past the know nothing telephone answer people from Lockheed.
I got a call from another potential employer telling me, among other things, that they had verified my credentials on the USCG website. I immediately made several attempts on an iPhone but got the same “no valid credentials” every time. I then tried several times on an iPad with the same result. Next I tried a PC laptop running Windows 7 with the same result. Then I noticed a statement that the website “works best with Internet Explorer 8 or higher.” I switched to the current version of Internet Explorer. I got the same result three times. I then cleared all the browser history, rebooted the computer, and tried again.
This time it says I have a valid MMC and medical card. It showed all the details of my endorsements on the screen. I clicked the button for the “printer friendly version.” It printed 7 pages. The first page gave my name ok, but the status was filled with computer code gibberish. The next 5 pages were blank. The last page contained some readable text, but nothing useful. After several more failed attempts to print the verifications and details of my MMC and medical card, I took photos of the screen with my phone.
This is yet another example of how the bumbling buffoons at the USCG have failed US mariners. This needs to be fixed ASAP. The USCG should not be defaming US mariners by falsely telling employers and others that we have “no valid credentials.” Can’t these fools get anything right?
What happens when foreign port state control (part of the intended audience for this USCG website) is falsely told that a Mariner has “no valid credentials”?
This USCG Credential Verification website needs to be fixed so that anyone, with any type of device, running any type of common software, gets the same reliable and accurate results every time. That credential verification site needs to be taken down until it is fixed and thoroughly tested.