Do You Need a TWIC?

USCG Policy Letter 11-15 states who is not required to enroll in the TWIC program. The short answer is two part.

  1. If you have NEVER enrolled in the TWIC program than you will need to enroll in it for the original issuance of any Merchant Mariner Credential (MMC).
  2. If you have enrolled in the TWIC program at sometime in the past than you do not need to enroll again, even if you TWIC is not valid, for an OUPV or Master 100 ton endorsements.

If you meet the exemption requirements for the TWIC, and you would like to obtain an original MMC or renew an MMC without the TWIC, than check the box on the Application Form 719B, Section III Safety and Suitability, paragraph 1. BUT read the paragraph; it states that you understand that this could cause significate delays in the application process.

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How to Get a Captain License

Getting a professional mariner license, AKA Merchant Mariner Credential (MMC), is not a spontaneous action; it is a process that requires planning and perseverance. The application that you present to the Coast Guard will consist of several CG 719 series forms, along with copies of certificates and documents. The total number will depend on what you are applying for. When completing the Coast Guard forms, read the instructions on the form carefully and complete the form exactly as stated in the instructions. Never send any original documents with the application, always send copies; and always make copies of all the CG forms for your records. Here is an outline of the process:

  1. The first step is to research the professional credential that you need for the job; and the sea service requirements for the credential.
  2. The second step is to document your qualifying sea service to insure that you have the necessary experience. Sea service is a measurement of your lifetime experience on the water, it is measured in calendar days, and never expires. Any day that you were on a vessel of any size or type; had a position of responsibility, such as operator or deckhand, and were away from the dock counts as one calendar day. Use the small vessel sea service form CG 719S to document this experience.
  3. Once you have documented your qualifying experience you will need to enroll in the TWIC program. This is done at a Universal Enrollment Center (UEC) operated by TSA. Enrollment in the TWIC program is required for every application for an original issue of any MMC, without exception.
  4. Next you need to get a Merchant Mariner Physical Exam using form CG 719K, and a USCG/DOT drug screening using form CG 719P. The physical exam may be completed by any doctor, but using a doctor at a health occupational clinic is generally less expensive and less time consuming.
  5. For the original issue of an MMC officer endorsement, such as OUPV or Master, the applicant must complete an American Red Cross or American Heart Association First Aid/CPR course within one year of the application date.
  6. Complete the application form CG 719B. This will include having a notary administer the Merchant Mariner Oath, and paying the application fees online.
  7. The application package, consisting of the CG 719 series forms and copies of your TWIC and First Aid/CPR cards, must be delivered to one of the USCG Regional Exam Centers (REC) around the nation. Delivery may be done in person, using a postal mail service, email, or fax. If delivery is made in person then the personal at the REC can accept the application fees over the counter, and administer the Merchant Mariner Oath.
  8. Upon approval of your application you will receive a letter from the US Coast Guard stating that you are approved to test. At this time you can either complete an approved course, or complete the exams at the REC. If you completed the course before applying for the credential simply include a copy of the course completion certificate with your application package.

All the USCG forms, professional requirements, and approved course information is available at: www.ColumbiaPacificMaritime.com

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Charter Boat Business For Sale

Complete charter boat business for sale. Includes three charter boats and all associated gear for $200,000. Call Oly Olson at (503) 325-7818 for more information.

Doll-Fin

Escapade

Midnight Dancer

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Wilsonville Concrete Needs a Tugboat Captain

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Wilsonville Concrete

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Wilsonville Concrete

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Wilsonville Concrete

Here is a great opportunity for steady employment with a 4th generation Columbia and Willamette River tugboat company.

Wilsonville Concrete Products is looking for a tugboat captain. They are willing to assist with education and upgrade of a license with a five-year commitment. Job benefits includes health insurance and 401.

Position, Inland towboat operations. Requirements.

  • Master of Towing Inland
  • TWIC
  • Local experience a plus: Columbia and Willamette Rivers pushing aggregate barges.

Call or email for more information.

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Charter Boat Captain Needed

Prowler Charters  out of Bandon OR, still has an immediate  opening for a licensed captain. This is a well established  business  with a great fishery and a dependable boat to operate.  Interested  applicants can contact Wayne Butler at (541) 260-0899.

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Columbia River Tugboat Captain Needed

Wilsonville Concrete Products is looking for a tugboat captain to operate one of their tugboats on the Columbia and Willamette Rivers.  They are willing to assist with education and upgrade of a license with a five-year commitment. Steady employment with a 4th generation tugboat company, includes health insurance and 401 benefits.

Position, Inland towboat operations. Requirements.

  • Master of Towing Inland
  • TWIC
  • Local experience a plus: Columbia and Willamette Rivers pushing aggregate barges.

Call or email for more information.

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CPM Radar School

CPM Radar School

Columbia Pacific Maritime Radar School

Columbia Pacific Maritime Radar School offers a full line-up of radar classes that are USCG approved for meeting both the National and STCW requirements as amended 2010. All our radar classes are scheduled twice a month most months, with the radar renewal class available most days that the school is open. We guarantee never to cancel a class, in fact we are happy to hold a class for a single student. Here is a list of the radar classes we offer, please visit the Radar School page of our website for more information >>

New Class

Combined Radar Unlimited & ARPA Class

  • Radar Recertification $250
  • Combined Radar Observer Unlimited and ARPA $1,100
  • Radar Observer Unlimited $800
  • Automatic Radar Plotting Aids (ARPA) $600
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