Category Archives: Frequently Asked Questions

Answer to the frequently asked questions that I receive.

2019 Schedule

Our winter schedule (January through March) 2019 has our most popular courses scheduled every two weeks; and Radar, ARPA, Celestial Navigation, and license prep lab scheduled once a month.. Please visit Columbia Pacific Maritime Schedule page or call (503) 841-6066 … Continue reading

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Drug Screening Requirements

The requirements for chemical drug screening of credentialed mariners is contained in 46 CFR Part 16 Chemical Testing. In short, these regulations state that all mariners employed on a vessel carrying passengers or cargo for hire, or engaged in any … Continue reading

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Fishing Vessel Captain

Master or Mate of Fishing Industry Vessel are licenses required by the USCG to operate commercial fishing industry vessels 200 GRT and greater. These licenses are issued with tonnage limitations of from 500 to 5,000 GRT. Fishing industry vessels less … Continue reading

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Tugboat Captain

There are three officer endorsements for towing vessels. The captain holding a Master of Towing license is the person in charge of the tugboat. The mate holding a Mate (Pilot) of Towing is the person in charge of a watch on … Continue reading

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6-pack Fishing Guide License Information

The Operator of Uninspected Passenger Vessel, AKA OUPV or 6-pack Captain License, is the most common US Coast Guard License held by fishing guides and small passenger vessel operators.  This license is called “6-pack” because it is limited to a … Continue reading

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Master of Towing Endorsement

Towing endorsements are the most commonly misunderstood of all the officer endorsements. First of all Master of Towing and Mate of Towing have no tonnage limitations and does not require the mariner to hold an inspected vessel officer endorsement. Master … 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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