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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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Which License: OUPV or Master?

I am often asked, “Which license do I need, the OUPV or the Master?”. The simple answer is if you only intend to carry a maximum of six passengers than the OUPV endorsement is all you will ever need, which … Continue reading

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Tug AB needed

Olympic Tug and Barge in Seattle is looking for an AB. Click here for more information >> AB is a journeyman deckhand position required for seagoing vessels greater than 100 GRT. Holding a Master, Mate, or OUPV does not qualify … Continue reading

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Radar Observer Endorsement: What is it and who need it

Title 46 CFR 11.480 establishes the Radar Observer Endorsement as an MMC National Officer endorsement. It may be issued with any of three routes: Radar Observer (Unlimited) is valid on any waters. Radar Observer (Inland and Gulf Coast Intercoastal Waterways) … Continue reading

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Grandfathering of Towing Endorsements

There is a grandfathering regulations in Title 46 CFR 11.463 for towing vessel endorsements that could still benefit mariners. Mariners who met the training and service requirements for towing vessels before May 21, 2001, and have maintained a valid Coast … Continue reading

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