COVID Updates from the National Maritime Center

The USCG Regional Exam Centers (REC) are closed to the public during the COVID pandemic. However the REC is still receiving applications for Merchant Mariner Credentials (MMC) and are operating with reduced manning. The following information is taken from policy letters available on the National Maritime Center (NMC) website.

All applications for original issue, upgrade, or renewal of an MMC must be submitted to an REC. Applications that are mailed or faxed to an REC will experience delays because of the reduced manning of the REC. The preferred method of submitting an application during the COVID pandemic is to email the application to the REC. Click on this link for email instructions.

MMC National Endorsements that expire between March 1, 2020 and July 31, 2020 are extended to October 31, 2020. Mariners working on expired credentials should carry a copy of the MSIB 08-20 along with their expired credential.

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Great Opportunity for a Radar Observer (Unlimited) Endorsement

Columbia Pacific Maritime has a Radar Observer (Unlimited) class starting June 1. With our Coos Bay Grand Opening discount the cost of this class is only $520. Click on this link to learn more about our Radar Observer Classes or call 503-841-6066 to schedule the class.

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Small Craft Operators Needed

The US Army Corps of Engineers is in need of two small craft operators in the Portland area. Click on this link for more information.

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Classes in Coos Bay are going well

Columbia Pacific Maritime is operating at 50% capacity to continue to serve the essential maritime industry during this pandemic. Operating with a maximum of 9 students per class we are able to following the national guidelines for health and safety. Visit our website for a course list and schedule. Please call 503-841-6066 to register or for course availability.

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AB needed for Research Vessel

The University of Hawaii Marine Operations is in need of a couple of Able Seaman to work on their research vessel. AB Unlimited is preferred, but they would consider AB Special or AB Limited. The vessel is currently located in Portland, Oregon at this time. They will be sailing for Hawaii in about two weeks.

Go the University of Hawaii Marine Operations website for more information.

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Classes in Coos Bay start May 4, 2020

Classes start on May 4, 2020
New classroom ready for students to start class on May 4, 2020 in Coos Bay, Oregon.

The new classroom located in room 207 of the Newmark Center on the Southwestern Oregon Community College (SWOCC) Campus is setup and ready for students.

The OUPV / Master class starting on May 4 is full (9 students during the pandemic), as is the class starting on May 18. There is limited space available in the following May and June classes.

All May and June Upgrade classes including Upgrade OUPV to Master, Upgrade Master 100-ton to 200-ton, and Upgrade Inland to Near Coastal.

The June 1 Radar Observer Unlimited, and the Combined Radar and ARPA classes.

The June 4 ARPA class.

The June 8 AB class.

The June 15 OUPV / Master class.

More scheduling information is available on our website.

Call 503-841-6066 soon if you want to take advantage of the 20% Coos Bay Grand Opening discount we are offering on all classes scheduled for May and June, 2020. We look forward to seeing you in a class soon.

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Procedures for Preventing the spreading of viruses

Effective May 1, 2020 Columbia Pacific Maritime has adopted the following procedures for precenting the spreading of viruses.

Merchant Mariners and the Merchant Fleet have been identified as essential to the transportation industry and National Security. As an approved school that provides training courses to Mariners COLPAC is deemed essential as well. Because of this it is our duty and responsibility to maintain a regular schedule of courses for mariners, even during a pandemic. The following procedures shall be followed to ensure that these courses are provided in a safe and healthy environment that minimizes the spread of contagious viruses.

  1. Mariners with a fever, symptoms of a cold, flu, or other signs of a contagious virus will not be allowed in the classroom. They may reschedule the course for a latter date when they no longer show signs of infection with no additional charge.
  2. The practice of shaking hands, or any other unnecessary touching, shall be avoided.
  3. Sanitary stations containing hand sanitizer will be maintained in the office and classroom.
  4. COLPAC staff and students are instructed to wash their hands for no less than 20-seconds, or use hand sanitizer after using the restroom, or after having an exposure risk.
  5. All surfaces in the COLPAC office and classroom will be sanitized at the end of each day. SWOCC sanitizes the common surfaces in the Newmark Center daily.
  6. Resources such as calculators, pencils, navigation tools, and reference books provided by COLPAC shall be sanitized prior to the beginning of each course. Students may bring their own approved resources to use during the course, but in no case will students be allowed to exchange or use another student’s resources.
  7. Social distancing will be maintained during times of a declared pandemic by reducing the maximum number of students allowed in a course from 18 to 9.
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