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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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Able Seaman (AB) Endorsement; Who Needs One?

With a few exceptions federal regulations require sailors working on deck of seagoing vessels greater than 100 gross registered tons (GRT) to be credentialed. meaning they must hold a Merchant Mariner Credential (MMC) endorsement as either Able Seaman (AB) or Ordinary … Continue reading

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Which Way to Mate of Towing

With one exception, you must hold and sail on an MMC endorsement of Mate (Pilot) of Towing Vessels before you can qualify for Master of Towing. The exception is holding a  MMC endorsement as Master 500 tons or higher. For … Continue reading

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How to Get a Captain License

Getting a professional mariner license, AKA Merchant Mariner Credential (MMC), is not a spontaneous action; it is a process that requires planning and perseverance. The application that you present to the Coast Guard will consist of several CG 719 series forms, along with … Continue reading

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Towing Vessel Licenses

With the 14-week closure of the Columbia River Lock system starting the middle of December many mariners will have the time available to complete training courses to advance their professional endorsements. This post is a recent answer to the frequently … Continue reading

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Towboat Benchmarks

A mariners experience is measured in calendar days; “benchmarks” are the points in a mariners career where they have the experience to qualify for the next level of Merchant Mariner Credential endorsements that are required to advance in that career. … Continue reading

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