The 12-pack

The US Coast Guard recognizes two types of uninspected passenger vessels; the 6-pack and the 12-pack.

  • The 6-pack is an uninspected passenger vessel of less than 100 gross registered tons (about 65 feet) carrying 6 or fewer passengers, not counting the operator or crew. This vessel can be operated by any mariner holding a license as OUPV, Mate 25 ton or more, or Master 25 tons or more.
  • The 12-pack is an uninspected passenger vessel of more than 100 gross registered tons (and less than 300 tons) carrying 12 or fewer passengers, not counting the operator or crew. The operator of this vessel must hold a license as Master 150 tons or more, the second captain must hold a license as Mate or Master 150 tons or more (the tonnage limitation on the license must be appropriate for the size of the vessel.

To qualify for an Inland Mate 150 tons or higher you must document 6 months (180-days) of total experience that includes at least 90 days on a vessel greater than 67 tons OR 45 days on a vessel of greater than 100 tons.

To qualify for a Near Coastal Mate 150 tons or higher you must document 12 months (360-days) of total experience that includes at least 180 days on oceans, AND either 180-days on vessels greater than 67 tons OR 90-days on vessels greater than 100 tons.

To qualify for an Inland Master 150 tons or higher you must document 12 months (360-days) of total experience that includes 6 months as master or mate while holding a license as OUPV, Master, or Mate, AND either 180-days on vessels greater than 67 tons OR 90-days on vessels greater than 100 tons (none of the experience required to meet the tonnage limitation needs to be as master or mate).

To qualify for a Near Coastal Master 150 tons or higher you must document 24 months (720-days) of total experience that includes 12 months on oceans, AND 12 months as master or mate while holding a license as OUPV, Master, or Mate (the experience as master or mate does not need to be on oceans), AND either 360-days on vessels greater than 67 tons OR 180-days on vessels greater than 100 tons (none of the experience to meet the tonnage limitation needs to be as master or mate).

Here is an example. A fisherman owns his own 20-foot fishing boat and has an OUPV  Near Coastal license. He has operated his boat for one year on inland waters while recreational fishing. This same fisherman has one year of experience working as a deckhand on an 85 ton charter boat fishing on ocean waters. He qualifies for a Master 150 ton Near Coastal license.

Here can either complete the exams for the upgrade at the Coast Guard or he can complete an approved course. There are two upgrade courses required; Upgrade OUPV to Master 100 ton or less, AND Upgrade Master 100 ton to 200 ton or less.

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