Category Archives: Frequently Asked Questions

Answer to the frequently asked questions that I receive.

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 … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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Marijuana Use Incompatible for Professional Mariners

Marijuana use remains incompatible with sea service despite changes in state laws Submitted by Suspension & Revocation National Center of Expertise Staff Every year, dangerous drug use disrupts or destroys the careers of hundreds of professional mariners, threatening safety throughout … Continue reading

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Inland to Near Coastal Upgrades

Columbia Pacific Maritime offers a four-day course that will satisfy the exams requirements for the upgrade of an: OUPV Inland route to OUPV Near Coastal route. Master 25, 50, 100 or 200-ton Inland route to Master Near Coastal route with … Continue reading

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Upgrading a Merchant Mariner Credential

The USCG application process for upgrading a Merchant Mariner Credential (MMC) is easier than getting your original issue. Columbia Pacific Maritime (CPM) has upgrade courses to fit your needs. Upgrade courses only cover the material required for the upgrade exams. … Continue reading

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Radar Renewal Requirement Changes

The USCG is in the process of changing the federal regulations for the requirement of renewing a Radar Observer Endorsement. The proposed regulations were submitted for public comment last year and are currently being modified into the final rule. The … Continue reading

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