Category Archives: Frequently Asked Questions

Answer to the frequently asked questions that I receive.

Do You Need a TWIC?

USCG Policy Letter 11-15 states who is not required to enroll in the TWIC program. The short answer is two part. If you have NEVER enrolled in the TWIC program than you will need to enroll in itĀ for the original … Continue reading

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Tug AB needed

Olympic Tug and Barge in Seattle is looking for an AB. Click here for more information >> AB is a journeyman deckhand position required for seagoing vessels greater than 100 GRT. Holding a Master, Mate, or OUPV does not qualify … Continue reading

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Radar Observer Endorsement: What is it and who need it

Title 46 CFR 11.480 establishes the Radar Observer Endorsement as an MMC National Officer endorsement. It may be issued with any of three routes: Radar Observer (Unlimited) is valid on any waters. Radar Observer (Inland and Gulf Coast Intercoastal Waterways) … Continue reading

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Grandfathering of Towing Endorsements

There is a grandfathering regulations in Title 46 CFR 11.463 for towing vessel endorsements that could still benefit mariners. Mariners who met the training and service requirements for towing vessels before May 21, 2001, and have maintained a valid Coast … Continue reading

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Radar Observer Information

Recent changes in federal regulations have changed the Radar Observer endorsement from a license requirement to a manning requirement. Title 46 CFR 11.815 states: All deck officers, including the master, on towing vessels greater than 26 feet and inspected vessels … Continue reading

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What is the Fastest way to get Master of Towing?

I am often asked the question “What is the fastest way to get a Master of Towing endorsement?” The answer depends on what endorsement you have now. If you hold a Master 500 ton or higher endorsement than all you … Continue reading

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SE Alaska, Straights of Juan De Fuca, Puget Sound Sea Time

Evaluation of sea service experience in SE Alaska, Straights of Juan De Fuca, and Puget Sound has gone through another change. It is now consider Near Coastal sea service for all vessels regardless of the watch system being maintained. Title … Continue reading

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