Category Archives: Frequently Asked Questions

Answer to the frequently asked questions that I receive.

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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Master or OUPV?

Which captain license do you need, the Master or OUPV? Operator of Uninspected Passenger Vessel (OUPV) is the most popular captain license held by fishing guides. This license allows the holder to carry up to 6-passengers for hire (AKA 6-pac … Continue reading

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NMC is Open Again!

The NMC and RECs are open. They will be processing applications in the order that they were received, and adding additional evaluators to get through the backlog as soon as possible. So DO NOT wait, get your application into an … Continue reading

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