OUPV License Explained

OUPV stands for “Operator of Uninspected Passenger Vessel” and applies to small uninspected passenger vessels carrying six or fewer passengers for hire. The term “small passenger vessel” means a vessel of less than 100 gross registered tons (GRT). Gross Registered Tons is not a measurement of weight, it is a measurement of the volume of space of the hull where every 100 cubic feet of hull space is equal to one gross registered ton. While there is no direct correlation between vessel length and GRT, in general vessels of less than 100 GRT are less than 65 feet in length.

The OUPV license allows the operator to carry six or fewer passengers, not counting the crew and operator. A passenger is defined as anyone on board that is not the operator or a member of the crew; a passenger for hire is any passenger that paid or contributed something of value as a condition for being a passenger.

This license is issued with one of three routes; restricted, inland, and near coastal.

  • The restricted route is limited to a specific non-commercial inland waterway. The requirements for this route is 360 days of qualifying experience in the operation of vessels and completion of an approved course or a limited exam.
  • The inland route is limited to all federally navigable inland waters of the United States. The requirements for this route is 360 days of qualifying experience in the operation of vessels and completion of an approved course or the full set of exams.
  • The near coastal route is valid on all federally navigable inland waters of the United States, and on ocean waters out to 100 miles offshore. The requirements for this route is 360 days of qualifying experience in the operation of vessels that includes 90 days of experience on ocean waters seaward of the boundary line (meaning past the ends of the jetties), and completion of an approved course or the full set of exams. An applicant holding a valid OUPV Inland license may upgrade to an OUPV Near Coastal by documenting the required qualifying experience and completing an approved course or a limited exam.

I offer two courses that apply to the OUPV license; an eight day course ($900) that will satisfy the exam requirements for an OUPV Inland or OUPV Near Coastal, and a two day course ($300) that will satisfy the exam requirements for upgrade of a valid OUPV Inland to a Near Coastal route.

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Instructor and Director at Columbia Pacific Maritime LLC
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