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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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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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