If you are a merchant mariner or ship owner, your license is critical to your career. If you lose your license, you will simply not be able to continue your work legally.

However, many people in your line of work don’t know the types of issues that can put their licenses in jeopardy. They are surprised to learn that there are many issues, including many that can occur when you are not on your boat, that could result in revocation of the merchant mariner’s license.

The United States Coast Guard, which issues and regulates merchant mariner licensing, has in-depth regulations and procedures regarding the loss and revocation of licenses.

Some of the violations that could result in loss of your license can include:

  • Safety violations: If your ship is not up to code, if your crew is not all following appropriate safety measures or if your cargo is not up to code, the Coast Guard could revoke your license.
  • Drug and alcohol violations: Failure to pass the Coast Guard’s regular drug test or refusal to take one of the tests would be a violation. Drinking while on the job, or a driving-while-intoxicated conviction – even when off duty – could result in the loss of your license.
  • Accidents: If your ship collides with another ship or is grounded, the Coast Guard will likely revoke your merchant mariner’s license.

These are just a few examples of the types of violations that could result in your license being revoked. The United States Coast Guard takes its regulatory role over maritime activity very seriously. Do everything you can to avoid a license revocation. If you do get notice of a revocation, you should fight this aggressively, as it could mean the loss of your career.