Inland to Near Coastal Upgrades

Columbia Pacific Maritime offers a four-day course that will satisfy the exams requirements for the upgrade of an:

  • OUPV Inland route to OUPV Near Coastal route.
  • Master 25, 50, 100 or 200-ton Inland route to Master Near Coastal route with the same tonnage limitation.

The course will NOT satisfy the exam requirements for the upgrade of a limited or restricted route to a Near Coastal route. To upgrade a limited or restricted route to an Inland route or Near Coastal route you must complete the original OUPV or Master course. Check the route on your MMC officer endorsement and give us a call if you are unsure of what route you have. (503) 841-6066.

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Alaska Salmon Fishing Guide Job

Salt water salmon fishing guide position in Ketchikan Alaska.  We are looking for a USCG licensed six pack or greater  guide for 2019 summer season.  Position is for a single handed operation of a 37′ charter vessel providing half day down rigger salmon fishing trips.  Guide must be personable, out door enthusiast, minimum maintenance abilities, self motivated, punctual, clean and service oriented. Pay is $160/trip plus tips, last season guide made apx $20,000.   Please respond with a simple resume info@akforestenterprises.com and call Larry Jackson at (907) 617-4542.

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UnCruise Adventures is Hiring for Summer Alaska Season

UnCruise Adventures is hiring DeckhandsLicensed & Assistant Engineers for summer in Alaska! We are reviewing applications as they come in and contacting qualified candidates within two weeks. Our sailing season starts between March and April and goes through September. Interested applicants should apply online: www.uncruise.com/careers.

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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. CPM Upgrade Courses include:

  • Upgrade OUPV to Master 100-ton.
  • Upgrade Master 100 to 200-ton.
  • Upgrade OUPV Inland to Near Coastal.
  • Upgrade Master / Mate 100 or 200-ton Inland to Near Coastal.
  • Apprentice Mate (Steersman) of Towing Vessel upgrade.
  • Master / Mate of Fishing Industry Vessel (500 to 5,000-ton) upgrade.
  • Visit CPM website for more information >>

Follow these steps to upgrade your credential to the next level.

Step 1: Sea Service Requirements

With a few exceptions, you will need to meet the all the sea service requirements of the superior credential that you are upgrading to. The USCG has stated in a policy letter that holding an MMC endorsement is NOT evidence of having sea service experience, so always keep copies of the sea service that you submitted to the USCG. Sea service is not “used up” when you apply for a credential, and it never expires. It is a measurement of your lifetime experience on the water.

Example: Mariner Joe is renewing his OUPV Near Coastal (NC) and wants to upgrade to Master 25-ton NC. To qualify for his original OUPV NC Joe documented 400-days that included 120-days on near coastal ocean waters. For the renewal Joe has documented a total of 500-days in the past five-years that includes 300-days on near coastal ocean waters, giving him a total of 900-days of experience that includes 420-days on ocean waters. The Master 25-ton NC requires a total of 720-days that includes 360-days on ocean waters. Joe meets the sea service requirements for both the renewal (360-days in the past five-years) and the upgrade (720-days total that includes 360 on oceans).

Step 2: Physical Exam and Drug screening

Check the expiration date on your Medical Certificate. If it is within the expiration date for National Endorsements than make a copy of both side of the certificate to satisfy the Physical Exam requirements. If it is expired or about to expire than you will need to get a physical exam using the Coast Guard form 719K Application for a Medical Certificate.

If you are participating in a USCG/DOT Random Drug Screening program than get a letter from the drug screening consortium stating that you are participating in the program. If you are not participating in a USCG/DOT Random Drug Screening program you will need to get a drug screening using the Coast Guard form 719P.

Step 3: Application Package

In addition to the sea service documentation, and the physical exam and drug screening, the application package must include a completed MMC Application Form 719B. If you have a valid TWIC than make a copy of both sides and include that with your upgrade application. If your TWIC has expired you can either renew it OR check the box on the top of page 4, in Section III, TWIC Exemption Statement. Enrollment in TWIC is required for the original issue of any MMC, but is optional for the renewal or upgrade of an OUPV or Master less than 100-ton.

Pay the evaluation and issuance fees online at the Pay.Gov website and include a printed copy of the receipt with the application package. Deliver the application package along with a copy of your Columbia Pacific Maritime upgrade course completion certificate to your local Regional Exam Center (REC).

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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 final rule must be published in the Federal Register and voted on by Congress before it becomes law. These proposed regulations are a year or two from become law and at this time a mariner must still complete a Radar Renewal course every five years to maintain his or her Radar Observer Endorsement. Additional these proposed changes will NOT change the requirements for getting an original Radar Observer Endorsement.

Here are the proposed regulation that was submitting for public comment last year.

. . . an active mariner who serves in a relevant position for 1 year in the previous 5 years using radar for navigation and collision avoidance purposes on vessels equipped with radar, or has served as a qualified instructor for a Coast Guard-approved radar course at least twice within the past 5 years, would not be required to complete a Coast Guard-approved radar refresher or re-certification course in order to renew his or her radar observer endorsement. This proposed rule would not change the existing requirements for mariners seeking an original radar observer endorsement or mariners who do not have either 1 year of relevant sea service on board radar-equipped vessels in the previous 5 years or service as a qualified instructor for a Coast Guard-approved radar course at least twice within the past 5 years.  

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OUPV Inland Captain Needed

We are looking for a skipper from June 1 thru September 1.  Our lodge is Rocky Point Resort.  We are a family run and operated business that has been in business for 37 years.  We are located in Petersburg, Alaska.  Which is in the heart of southeast.  If you are interested please contact me at this email address fishhawk@ak.net

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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 captain license), not counting the crew and operator. The vessel may be operated on inland or near coastal waters depending on the route issued on the license. Learn more about the OUPV captain license >>>

Master 100-ton is issued with 25, 50, or 100-ton limitations, depending on the size of vessels that the mariner’s experience was on. This captain license has the full authority of the 6-pac, and the additional authority to operate inspected passenger vessel carrying more than 6-passengers. It is the most common captain license held by charter-boat captains, and the captains of small cruise ships, supply boats, ferries, and workboats less than 100 GRT. Learn more about the Master license >>>

We offer courses that will satisfy the USCG exam requirements for these captain licenses every two-weeks. Call (503) 841-6066 or visit ColumbiaPacificMaritime.com for more information.

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