License Prep Update

License Prep is for mariners seeking National Officer Endorsements for inspected vessels greater than 200GRT, meaning tonnage limitations of 500GRT 1600GRT. My recommendation is, after receiving your approval to test letter from the Nation Maritime Center, the mariner to sign up for LapWare at The cost of LapWare is a $50 signup fee, and a $100 per month subscription fee, making it the best bang for the buck in license prep. Go through as much of the program as you can on your own. If you find that you need some tutoring, I charge $500 per week for my time. That is about as simple and inexpensive as I can make it.

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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).

Associated CG-MMC Policy Letter 03-19 provides guidance for renewal of endorsements as Radar Observer (Unlimited), Radar Observer (Inland), and Radar Observer (Rivers).

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Chart-boat Captain Needed

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Charter-Boat Captain Needed

Tamera Garibaldi Charters is hiring captains. Call (305) 849-0493 OR (503) 322-0007 for more information.

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Jetboat Pilots and Deckhands Wanted Now!

Jetboat Pilots!

Have fun and get paid driving for Willamette Jetboat!  Season PT positions available now.  Must have USCG license. 

Jetboat Deckhand Positions!

Be part of Willamette Jetboat.  Great way to get time towards a USCG license.  Must enroll in drug testing program.  Will train.

Email to apply.

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Marijuana Use Incompatible for Professional Mariners

Marijuana use remains incompatible with sea service despite changes in state laws

Submitted by Suspension & Revocation National Center of Expertise Staff

Every year, dangerous drug use disrupts or destroys the careers of hundreds of professional mariners, threatening safety throughout the maritime transportation system at the same time. The ravages of addiction and accidental overdose make headlines daily, yet drug use among both the general population and safety-sensitive workforce continues to increase. Much of the rise is attributable to the growing use of marijuana, which has become at least partially legal in 35 states but remains criminal at the federal level under U.S. Code. Along with criminal concerns, testing positive for marijuana or any other dangerous drug triggers serious consequences for mariners, including termination of employment, removal from safety sensitive duties and revocation of merchant mariner credentials. Even in circumstances where the Coast Guard settles marijuana use cases, mariners are still required to complete rehabilitation and show a year or more of negative drug tests before returning to service.

Despite growing state legalization and a cultural shift toward greater acceptance of marijuana use and consumption of marijuana-derived products such as Cannabidiol (CBD) oil, Coast Guard and U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) chemical testing continues to identify as dangerous drug users individuals with significant amounts of delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the primary psychoactive ingredient in marijuana, metabolized into their systems. While CBD itself will not cause a positive DOT test, CBD products commonly contain psychoactive THC in sufficient amounts to cause a positive drug test. Further, once THC is in a person’s system, it may remain detectible in urine samples for weeks and hair samples for months after its use is discontinued.

Whether a mariner is a cadet carelessly indulging in recreational use of marijuana in a location where it is legal at the state level or a master aboard an oceangoing vessel that used legally-obtained CBD ointment to treat bodily aches and pains, the resulting positive drug test will lead to the same cascade of negative consequences that can be difficult to overcome. Unless and until the drug testing system changes, the best decision a mariner can make is to avoid using marijuana or any products derived from marijuana that may contain THC, such as CBD oil. The threat to maritime transportation and risk of career disaster are both too great to take the chance.

The following link provides additional information on DOT chemical testing regarding recreational use of marijuana:

The following link provides additional information on DOT chemical testing regarding use of medical marijuana:

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Columbia Pacific Maritime at Southwestern Oregon CC

Columbia Pacific Maritime is discussing a partnership with Southwestern Oregon Community College is Coos Bay that will bring US Coast Guard approved courses to the central and southern Oregon Coast. Look for classes to start in the fall of 2020.

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