Happy Holidays

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to everyone. I hope your year has been as awesome as mine, and that the coming year is even better. The school will close on Christmas Eve, December 24th for the holidays.

Please join us for our Open House, 3 to 8 PM on December 27 and 28.

The school will open on January 1, New Years Days, for classes as usual next year. Our schedule is already filling for next year, so book your class early.

Happy Holidays from Columbia Pacific Maritime.

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How to Renew a Captain License

I get a lot of questions about how to renew a captain’s license once you get it. The renewal process is similar to the original application process, minus the oath and first aid / CPR training.

If you do not wish to renew your MMC, or are unable to renew it, DO NOT LET IN EXPIRE. You can apply for a document of continuity. Putting your license in continuity places it in an inactive status. You cannot work on it, but it never expires. You can renew it at anytime.

Here is an outline of the basic renewal process.

  • TWIC

The TWIC is required for the original issue, but is an option for the renewal of the OUPV or Master less than 100 GRT that operate without a security plan. The advantage of renewing your TWIC is that it will speed up the renewal process by a month or two. To renew your license WITHOUT renewing the TWIC check the top of page 5 of 6 on application form 719B.

  • Sea Service

Document you sea service experience over the past five years using form 719S, the same as you did for your original MMC. If you can document 360 days over the past five years you can renew without any exams. If you can not document the experience than give us a call and we will schedule the one-day License Refresher course. NO course is required if you can document 360 days in the past five years.

  • Physical Exam and USCG/DOT Drug Screening

Take forms 719K and 719P into a Health occupation clinic and get a Merchant Mariner physical exam and a USCG/DOT drug screening, like you did for the original issuance. There are some options for the drug screening on the back of form 719P, such as getting a letter from the drug consortium that you participate in.

  • Application form 719B

Complete the application form 719B requesting a renewal of your National Officers Endorsement. I recommend making a copy of each page in your MMC and attaching it to the form so that the Coast Guard is aware of what you are renewing.

  • Pay and Deliver

Pay the renewal fees online and deliver the application to a Regional Exam Center, If you deliver the application in person than you can pay the fees over the counter, otherwise, include the receipt with the application package.

Links for more information

Email, give me a call or visit the website if you need any help.

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Columbia Pacific Maritime Classes

This is a list of the USCG approved courses we offer. This courses will satisfy the exam requirements without taking the exams at the Coast Guard.

Captain License Courses

  • Operator of Uninspected Passenger Vessel (OUPV) course is an eight-day course that will satisfy the exam requirements for an OUPV Inland or Near Coastal.
  • Master 100 ton course is a ten-day course that will satisfy the exam requirements for Master or Mate 25, 50, or 100 ton Inland or Near Coastal.
  • Master or Mate 200 ton course is a fourteen-day course sequence that will satisfy the exam requirements for Master or Mate 200 ton Inland or Near Coastal.
  • Apprentice Mate (Steersman) of Towing Vessel course is a sixteen-day course sequence that will satisfy the exam requirements for Apprentice Mate Inland or Near Coastal.
  • Master or Mate of Uninspected Fishing Industry Vessels course is a sixteen-day  course sequence that will satisfy the exam requirements for Master or Mate of Fishing Industry Vessels Near Coastal with a tonnage limitation of 500 to 5,000 tons.

License Upgrade Courses

  • Upgrade OUPV to Master 100 ton course is a three-day course that will satisfy the exam requirements for the raise in grade of OUPV to Master 25, 50 or 100 tons.
  • Upgrade Master 100 to Master or Mate 200 tons course is a four-day course that will satisfy the exam requirements for a raise in grade of Master or Mate 25, 50, or 100 tons to Master or Mate 200 tons.
  • Apprentice Mate (Steersman) Upgrade course is a two-day course that will satisfy the Apprentice Mate exam requirements if the mariner holds an endorsement as Master 200 tons or has satisfied the 200 ton exam requirements within one year of taking the upgrade course.
  • Master / Mate of Fishing Upgrade course is a two-day course that will satisfy the Master or Mate of Fishing Vessel exam requirements if the mariner holds a 150 ton or greater officer endorsement or has satisfied the 200 ton exam requirements within one year of taking the upgrade course.

Route Upgrade Courses

  • OUPV Inland to Near Coastal course is a two-day course that will satisfy the exam requirements for an increase in scope of OUPV Inland to OUPV Near Coastal.
  • Master 100 ton Inland to Near Coastal course is a three-day course that will satisfy the exam requirements for an increase in scope of Master 100 ton or less Inland to Master 100 ton or less Near Coastal.
  • Master / Mate 200 ton Inland to Near Coastal course is a four-day course that will satisfy the exam requirements for an increase in scope of Master or Mate 200 ton Inland to Master or Mate 200 ton Near Coastal.
  • Celestial Navigation (200 tons) course is a ten-day course that will satisfy the exam requirements for an increase in scope from Near Coastal to All Oceans for Master or Mate 200 tons or less; Master, Mate, or Apprentice Mate (Steersman) of Towing Vessels; or Mate of Fishing Industry Vessels.

Radar Observer Courses

  • Radar Observer Unlimited course is a five-day course that satisfies the training requirements for a Radar Observer Unlimited Endorsement AND the STCW Radar Task assessments for OICNW on seagoing vessels greater than 500 GT (200 GRT).
  • Combined Radar Observer (Unlimited) and ARPA course is a seven-day course that satisfies the training requirements for both Radar Observer Unlimited and ARPA Endorsements AND the STCW Radar and ARPA Task Assessments for OICNW on seagoing vessels greater than 500 GT (200 GRT).
  • Automatic Radar Plotting Aids (ARPA) course is a four-day course that satisfies the training requirements for the ARPA Endorsement AND the STCW ARPA Task Assessments for OICNW on seagoing vessels greater than 500 GT (200 GRT).

Refresher and Recertification Courses

  • Radar Recertification course is a one-day course that will satisfy the renewal requirements for any radar observer endorsement, Rivers or Unlimited.
  • License Refresher course is a one-day course that will satisfy the refresher exam requirements for the renewal of OUPV, Master, or Mate 200 tons or less.

Able Seaman Courses

  • Able Seaman course is a four-day course that will satisfy the exam requirements for any Able Seaman rating, and the Marlinespike Seamanship practical skill demonstration. This course does not satisfy the requirements for the lifeboat rating.

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Entry Level Engine Job

American Queen Steamboat Company has an opening for an Oiler. This is an entry level engine position. Advancement from Oiler to QMED (Qualified Member of the Engine Department) is based on 180-days of experience in the engine department and completion of USCG QMED exams. Contact Jake Baird at (360) 713-8581 or email JBaird@aqsc.com

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Entry level position.

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No Exam MMC Upgrades

While most MMC upgrades for deck endorsements require taking USCG exams or approved an approved course, there are several upgrades that do not require an exam. These upgrades are based on qualifying sea service alone.

  • Upgrading from Mate 25, 50, 100, or 200 ton to Master without changing the tonnage limitation or the route.
  • Upgrading from Mate or Master 25 to 50 tons, or 50 to 100 tons without changing the route.
  • Upgrade Able Seaman (AB) Special to AB Limited, or AB Limited to Unlimited.

Other upgrades for MMC deck endorsements can be accomplished by completing a USCG approved course. These courses cover only the material necessary for the upgrade, and in most cases a much shorter that the original course. Please call us at (503) 841-6066 or visit the upgrade page of our website for more information on upgrade classes.

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Sea Service Experience: What is it and how to document it.

There are many miss-conceptions about sea service experience; but here are the facts. Sea service experience is a measurement of your experience on vessels. It accumulates over your lifetime, and it never expires, and is not “used up” when you apply for a Merchant Mariner Credential endorsement. There is no minimum size that a vessel must be for it count, BUT you must be able to document it for it to count.

Must of us will use Coast Guard Form 719S, Small Vessel Sea Service Form, to document our sea service experience. Use one form for each vessel you wish to document your sea service experience on. Read the instructions on the form and complete it exactly as per the instructions. have the owner, operator, or person in charge of the vessel sign the form, OR provide proof of ownership when documenting experience on vessels owned by the applicant. Proof of ownership is a copy of either the state registration or the Certificate of Documentation (COD) issued by the US Coast Guard.

 

 

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Able Seaman (AB) Endorsement; Who Needs One?

With a few exceptions federal regulations require sailors working on deck of seagoing vessels greater than 100 gross registered tons (GRT) to be credentialed. meaning they must hold a Merchant Mariner Credential (MMC) endorsement as either Able Seaman (AB) or Ordinary Seaman (OS). These are called National Rating Endorsements; and holding an MMC Officer endorsement does not qualify the mariner to serve in any position requiring a Rating Endorsement.

All ABs must also hold the MMC rating endorsement of Lifeboat-man or Lifeboat-man Limited. The Lifeboat-man rating requires 108 days of qualifying experience on vessels operating on ocean or navigable waters.

There are several different AB ratings, all require documenting sea service experience. Any mariner holding an officer endorsement will have enough sea service documented to qualify for one of these ratings.

  • AB Unlimited may sail on any size of a seagoing vessel. This AB rating requires 1080 day (3-years) sea service on ocean waters.
  • AB Limited may sail on seagoing vessels of less than 1600 GRT, and makeup 50% of the required ABs on vessels greater than 1600 GRT. This AB rating requires 540 days on vessels greater than 100 GRT operating on ocean waters.
  • AB Special may sail on seagoing vessels less than 500 GRT, and makeup 50% of the required ABs on vessels greater than 500 GRT. This rating requires 360 days on working on deck on ocean or navigable waters.
  • AB Offshore Supply Vessel (OSV) may sail on any oil industry vessel, and requires only 180 days of experience.
  • AB Fishing Vessel (FV) may sail on any fishing industry vessel, and requires only 180 days of experience.
  • AB Sail may sail on any sailing vessel, and requires 180 days experience on sailing vessels.

If you do not have the qualifying sea service experience for the AB endorsement and you want to sail on seagoing vessels greater than 100 GRT than you will need the OS rating. This entry level rating does not require any training courses, exams, or qualifying experience.

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