Radar Renewal Rule and Policy Published
On June 07, 2019, the Coast Guard published a final rule titled “Amendments to the Marine
Radar Observer Refresher Training Regulations.” The rule amends the requirements for
renewal of a radar observer endorsement for mariners who have at least one year (360 days) of
relevant service in the previous five years or have taught a Coast Guard approved or accepted
radar course at least twice within the past five years.
The final rule is effective July 22, 2019 and can be found in the Federal Register at
Amendments to the Marine Radar Observer Refresher Training Regulations, 84 Fed. Reg.
26580 (June 7, 2019).
This rule will affect mariners who have served on radar-equipped vessels, in a position that routinely uses radar for 1 year in the previous 5 years for navigation and collision avoidance purposes, and mariners who have taught a Coast Guard-approved or accepted radar course at least twice within the past 5 years. These mariners will no longer be required to complete a Coast Guard-approved or accepted radar refresher or recertification course in order to renew their radar observer endorsements. We are retaining the existing requirements for mariners seeking an original radar observer endorsement and for mariners who do not have 1 year of routine relevant sea service on board radar-equipped vessels in the previous 5 years or have not taught a Coast Guard-approved or accepted radar course at least twice within the past 5 years. This final rule adopts, with modification, the notice of proposed rulemaking published on June 11, 2018.
Associated CG-MMC Policy Letter 03-19 provides guidance for renewal of endorsements as
Radar Observer (Unlimited), Radar Observer (Inland), and Radar Observer (Rivers). The
Policy Letter can be found here.
/K. R. Martin/
Kirsten R. Martin
Captain, U.S. Coast Guard