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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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Coast Guard 719 Series Forms

Every Merchant Mariner Credential (MMC) application will consist of one or more Coast Guard 719 series forms. When completing these forms take the time to read the instructions on the form and complete the form exactly as outlined in the … Continue reading

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Ordinary Seaman (OS) Rating

Ordinary Seaman (OS) is an entry level National Rating Endorsement on the MMC (Merchant Mariner Credential). This is the equivalent of an apprenticeship position, and is the minimum rating required to serve as a deckhand on sea going merchant vessels … Continue reading

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OS to Master of Tow in 4-Years

It is possible to advance from the Merchant Mariner Credential (MMC) entry level rating of Ordinary Seaman (OS) to Master of Towing Vessels in four calendar years without taking any exams at the Coast Guard. This is not a loop-hole; … Continue reading

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Master & Mate of Towing Vessels

Columbia Pacific Maritime offers a three-class sequence that will satisfy the exam requirements for Apprentice Mate (Steersman) of Towing. The Apprentice Mate endorsement one of three paths identified in 46 CFR 11.465 to the Mate (Pilot) of Towing Vessels. The … Continue reading

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