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 year (360 days) of relevant service in the previous five years or have taught a Coast Guard approved or accepted radar course at least twice within the past five years.

The final rule is effective July 22, 2019 and can be found in the Federal Register at
Amendments to the Marine Radar Observer Refresher Training Regulations, 84 Fed. Reg. 26580 (June 7, 2019).

Associated CG-MMC Policy Letter 03-19 provides guidance for renewal of endorsements as Radar Observer (Unlimited), Radar Observer (Inland), and Radar Observer (Rivers).

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Chart-boat Captain Needed

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Charter-Boat Captain Needed

Tamera Garibaldi Charters is hiring captains. Call (305) 849-0493 OR (503) 322-0007 for more information.

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Jetboat Pilots and Deckhands Wanted Now!

Jetboat Pilots!

Have fun and get paid driving for Willamette Jetboat!  Season PT positions available now.  Must have USCG license. 

Jetboat Deckhand Positions!

Be part of Willamette Jetboat.  Great way to get time towards a USCG license.  Must enroll in drug testing program.  Will train.

Email andy@willamettejet.com to apply.

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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 the maritime transportation system at the same time. The ravages of addiction and accidental overdose make headlines daily, yet drug use among both the general population and safety-sensitive workforce continues to increase. Much of the rise is attributable to the growing use of marijuana, which has become at least partially legal in 35 states but remains criminal at the federal level under U.S. Code. Along with criminal concerns, testing positive for marijuana or any other dangerous drug triggers serious consequences for mariners, including termination of employment, removal from safety sensitive duties and revocation of merchant mariner credentials. Even in circumstances where the Coast Guard settles marijuana use cases, mariners are still required to complete rehabilitation and show a year or more of negative drug tests before returning to service.

Despite growing state legalization and a cultural shift toward greater acceptance of marijuana use and consumption of marijuana-derived products such as Cannabidiol (CBD) oil, Coast Guard and U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) chemical testing continues to identify as dangerous drug users individuals with significant amounts of delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the primary psychoactive ingredient in marijuana, metabolized into their systems. While CBD itself will not cause a positive DOT test, CBD products commonly contain psychoactive THC in sufficient amounts to cause a positive drug test. Further, once THC is in a person’s system, it may remain detectible in urine samples for weeks and hair samples for months after its use is discontinued.

Whether a mariner is a cadet carelessly indulging in recreational use of marijuana in a location where it is legal at the state level or a master aboard an oceangoing vessel that used legally-obtained CBD ointment to treat bodily aches and pains, the resulting positive drug test will lead to the same cascade of negative consequences that can be difficult to overcome. Unless and until the drug testing system changes, the best decision a mariner can make is to avoid using marijuana or any products derived from marijuana that may contain THC, such as CBD oil. The threat to maritime transportation and risk of career disaster are both too great to take the chance.

The following link provides additional information on DOT chemical testing regarding recreational use of marijuana:

The following link provides additional information on DOT chemical testing regarding use of medical marijuana:

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Columbia Pacific Maritime at Southwestern Oregon CC

Columbia Pacific Maritime is discussing a partnership with Southwestern Oregon Community College is Coos Bay that will bring US Coast Guard approved courses to the central and southern Oregon Coast. Look for classes to start in the fall of 2020.

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500/1600 License Prep Course Re-structure

In an effort to better serve our mariners Columbia Pacific Maritime has re-structured the 500/1600-ton License Prep Course into three units. A mariner may take one or more units, depending on their individual needs. We will continue to honor our existing agreement with all mariners that are enrolled in the previous 500/1600-ton License Prep Course.

Unit 1 – The Basics ($1,900)

This Unit is for mariners who do not hold an MMC National Deck Officer endorsement as Master or Mate, or who need a review of the basics. It includes lecture-based instruction over 14-consecutive days in the five exam modules required for Master 200-ton Near Coastal:

  • Navigation General
  • Chart Navigation
  • Rules of the Road
  • Deck General
  • Safety and Environmental Protection

Mariners successfully completing this Unit will receive course completion certificates that will satisfy the USCG exam requirements for Master 100-ton Near Coastal, and Master or Mate 200-ton Near Coastal.

See the Master / Mate 200-ton (Full Course) on the Course Schedule page for the scheduling options for this Unit.

Unit 2 – 500/1600-ton Inland Exam Modules ($2,500)

This Unit is for mariners who either hold a valid MMC National Deck Officer endorsement as Master or Mate, OR have completed Unit 1 – The Basics within one year. It includes self-paced individual instruction in the 500/1600-ton Inland Exam Modules to prepare the mariner for passing the exams at a Regional Exam Center. Mariners should have their approval to test before enrolling in this Unit and are expected to complete this unit within 6-months of the enrollment date.

See the 500/1600 License Prep open lab dates for scheduling options for this unit.

Unit 3 – Individual Exam Modules ($500)

This unit is for mariners who require instruction in a single Inland or Near Coastal exam module. It includes 5-consecutive days (Monday through Friday) of self-paced individual instruction in the specific exam module requested by the mariner. See the 500/1600 License Prep open lab dates for scheduling options for this unit.

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