Category Archives: Scuttlebutt

General posts of maritime interest.

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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Master or OUPV?

Which captain license do you need, the Master or OUPV? Operator of Uninspected Passenger Vessel (OUPV) is the most popular captain license held by fishing guides. This license allows the holder to carry up to 6-passengers for hire (AKA 6-pac … Continue reading

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NMC is Open Again!

The NMC and RECs are open. They will be processing applications in the order that they were received, and adding additional evaluators to get through the backlog as soon as possible. So DO NOT wait, get your application into an … Continue reading

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NMC Shutdown Information

From the National Maritime Center to ALL US Mariners…. Dear U.S. Mariner, Due to the federal government’s partial lapse in appropriations for fiscal year 2019, the Coast Guard is unable to process mariner credentials in a timely manner.  To provide … Continue reading

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