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Tugboat Captain License

The captain of a tugboat must hold a Merchant Mariner Credential (MMC) National Officer Endorsement as Master of Towing. The following describes the mainstream path established in the federal regulations to advance from deckhand to Master of Towing. Apprentice Mate (steersman) of Towing requires … Continue reading

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Pacific NW Sportsman Show

Look for Columbia Pacific Maritime at the 2019 Pacific NW Sportsman Show. Booth #1254, one aisle east of the fly-casting pond. We will be answering questions about the Merchant Mariner Credential (MMC) license process, and the courses that we offer … 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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