Classes in Coos Bay

Columbia Pacific Maritime will be providing classes in Coos Bay starting May 4, 2020. To celebrate our new location we will be offering a 20% discount on all classes during the months of May and June. Call soon to reserve your space. (503) 841-6066.

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Small Craft Operator Need – Veteran Preferred

The Portland District of the US Army Corp of Engineers has an open position for a Small Craft Operator (XF-5786-11) in the Astoria, Oregon field office. Qualified applicants will be a veteran with a DD-214 or current/former federal employee with SF-50.

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Contact Daniel Geye, Small Craft Operator US Army Corps of Engineers, Portland District at 503-808-5462 for application information.

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Renewal of Towing Officer Endorsements

Recent changes to federal regulations have resulted in some changes to the renewal requirements for Merchant Mariner Credential (MMC) Towing Officer Endorsements.

46 CFR 10.227 Requirements for renewal paragraph (e)(6) states that:

An applicant for renewal of an endorsement as master or mate (pilot) of towing vessels, in addition to the other requirements in this paragraph, must also submit satisfactory evidence of having completed a practical demonstration of maneuvering and handling a towing vessel to the satisfaction of a designated examiner; OR ongoing participation in training and drills during the validity of the license or MMC being renewed.

46 CFR 11.480 Radar Observer paragraph (g) states that:

The Coast Guard will accept on-board training and experience through acceptable documentary evidence of 1 year of relevant sea service within the last 5 years in a position that routinely uses radar for navigation and collision avoidance purposes on vessels equipped with radar as meeting the refresher or re-certification requirements of paragraph (d) of this section. This also applies to mariners applying for raises of grade or new endorsements under 46 CFR 10.231.

When renewing an MMC Towing Officer Endorsement the sea service letter from the company should document a minimum of 360-days of experience in past five years AND should include the statement that the Towing Officer “participated in ongoing drills and training onboard the towing vessel” AND that the Towing Officer “routinely used radar for navigation and collision avoidance”.

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Radar Observer Endorsement Question

The question is “Does the Radar Observer Endorsement still need to be renewed?”

The answer is YES, a Radar Observer Endorsement is still required to be renewed every five-years to keep the endorsement on your Merchant Mariner Credential (MMC). What has changed is the options for renewing the endorsement.

Recent changes to Title 46 part 11.480 now allows the mariner to renew his or her Radar Observer Endorsement with acceptable documentary evidence of 1-year of relevant sea service within the last 5-years in a position that routinely uses radar for navigation and collision avoidance purposes.

Mariners not able to document evidence of 1-year of relevant experience within the last 5-years may complete an approved Radar Recertification or Refresher course to renew their Radar Observer Endorsement. In service to the maritime industry Columbia Pacific Maritime (CPM) will continue to offer a USCG approved Radar Recertification course for mariners not able to document relevant sea service experience.

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CPM is Moving to Coos Bay

Columbia Pacific Maritime (CPM) will be closed during the month of April 2020 while we move to Coos Bay, Oregon. All classes scheduled after April 2020 will be held in Coos Bay, Oregon.

Our new location will be on the second floor of the Newmark Center of Southwestern Oregon Community College (SWOCC) campus. The physical location of the Newmark Center is 2110 Newmark Ave., Coos Bay, Oregon 97420. The classroom will be located in room 207 and the office will be in room 208 adjacent to the classroom.

Please call 503-841-6066 for more information.

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Tugboat Deckhand Position Available

Samson Mariner / Samson Tug and Barge is hiring AB deckhands and cook deckhands. The daily rate is $325 with overtime for over 12-hours per day. Email your resume to or fax it to (907) 747-5370.

The Samson Mariner is a seagoing tug operated by Samson Tug and Barge that transports cargo barges throughout Alaskan waters between Seattle and Dutch Harbor.

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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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