Author Archives: Dennis

About Dennis

Instructor and Director at Columbia Pacific Maritime LLC

Happy Holidays

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to everyone. I hope your year has been as awesome as mine, and that the coming year is even better. The school will close on Christmas Eve, December 24th for the holidays. Please join … Continue reading

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How to Renew a Captain License

I get a lot of questions about how to renew a captain’s license once you get it. The renewal process is similar to the original application process, minus the oath and first aid / CPR training. If you do not … Continue reading

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Columbia Pacific Maritime Classes

This is a list of the USCG approved courses we offer. This courses will satisfy the exam requirements without taking the exams at the Coast Guard. Captain License Courses Operator of Uninspected Passenger Vessel (OUPV) course is an eight-day course … Continue reading

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Entry Level Engine Job

American Queen Steamboat Company has an opening for an Oiler. This is an entry level engine position. Advancement from Oiler to QMED (Qualified Member of the Engine Department) is based on 180-days of experience in the engine department and completion … Continue reading

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No Exam MMC Upgrades

While most MMC upgrades for deck endorsements require taking USCG exams or approved an approved course, there are several upgrades that do not require an exam. These upgrades are based on qualifying sea service alone. Upgrading from Mate 25, 50, 100, … Continue reading

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Sea Service Experience: What is it and how to document it.

There are many miss-conceptions about sea service experience; but here are the facts. Sea service experience is a measurement of your experience on vessels. It accumulates over your lifetime, and it never expires, and is not “used up” when you … Continue reading

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Able Seaman (AB) Endorsement; Who Needs One?

With a few exceptions federal regulations require sailors working on deck of seagoing vessels greater than 100 gross registered tons (GRT) to be credentialed. meaning they must hold a Merchant Mariner Credential (MMC) endorsement as either Able Seaman (AB) or Ordinary … Continue reading

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