Category Archives: Scuttlebutt

General posts of maritime interest.

Renewal of Towing Officer Endorsements

Recent changes to federal regulations have resulted in some changes to the renewal requirements for Merchant Mariner Credential (MMC) Towing Officer Endorsements. 46 CFR 10.227 Requirements for renewal paragraph (e)(6) states that: An applicant for renewal of an endorsement as … Continue reading

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Radar Observer Endorsement Question

The question is “Does the Radar Observer Endorsement still need to be renewed?” The answer is YES, a Radar Observer Endorsement is still required to be renewed every five-years to keep the endorsement on your Merchant Mariner Credential (MMC). What … Continue reading

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CPM is Moving to Coos Bay

Columbia Pacific Maritime (CPM) will be closed during the month of April 2020 while we move to Coos Bay, Oregon. All classes scheduled after April 2020 will be held in Coos Bay, Oregon. Our new location will be on the … Continue reading

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Radar Renewal Rule and Policy Published

On June 07, 2019, the Coast Guard published a final rule titled “Amendments to the Marine Radar Observer Refresher Training Regulations.” The rule amends the requirements for renewal of a radar observer endorsement for mariners who have at least one … Continue reading

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Marijuana Use Incompatible for Professional Mariners

Marijuana use remains incompatible with sea service despite changes in state laws Submitted by Suspension & Revocation National Center of Expertise Staff Every year, dangerous drug use disrupts or destroys the careers of hundreds of professional mariners, threatening safety throughout … Continue reading

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Upgrading a Merchant Mariner Credential

The USCG application process for upgrading a Merchant Mariner Credential (MMC) is easier than getting your original issue. Columbia Pacific Maritime (CPM) has upgrade courses to fit your needs. Upgrade courses only cover the material required for the upgrade exams. … Continue reading

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Radar Renewal Requirement Changes

The USCG is in the process of changing the federal regulations for the requirement of renewing a Radar Observer Endorsement. The proposed regulations were submitted for public comment last year and are currently being modified into the final rule. The … Continue reading

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