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 for more information.

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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 REC as soon as possible. Visit the Columbia Pacific Maritime Application Help and USCG Forms page for help on the application process.

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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 relief to impacted mariners and under the authority of 46 United States Code § 7507 and § 7508, the Coast Guard is granting extensions effective immediately to national endorsements and Medical Certificates until April 30, 2019, for mariners whose credentials expire in December 2018, January 2019, or February 2019.

All mariners sailing under the authority of their national endorsement(s) should print and retain a copy of this letter with their Merchant Mariner Credential (MMC) and Medical Certificate to produce it upon request by the U.S. Coast Guard, other agencies or officials.  The National Maritime Center (NMC) does not intend to issue any separate or new MMCs to correspond to this extension for mariners sailing domestically.  This extension does not apply to Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping for Seafarers (STCW) endorsements.

Applications submitted before or during the partial government shutdown will be processed as soon as possible once the NMC is reopened and is legally authorized to begin operations.

If you have questions, visit the NMC website or contact the NMC Customer Service Center by using the NMC online chat system, by e-mailing, or by calling 1-888-IASKNMC (427-5662).

Captain Martin

Print and keep this letter with your MMC.

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Tugboat Captain License

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The captain of a tugboat must hold a Merchant Mariner Credential (MMC) National Officer Endorsement as Master of Towing. The following describes the mainstream path established in the federal regulations to advance from deckhand to Master of Towing.

Apprentice Mate (steersman) of Towing requires 540-days of total experience that includes 360-days experience on towing vessels, and completion of an approved Apprentice Mate (steersman) course or the Apprentice Mate (steersman) exams at a USCG Regional Exam Center (REC).

Mate (Pilot) of Towing requires 360-days experience on towing vessels while holding the Apprentice Mate (steersman) of Towing endorsement AND completion of a TOAR (Towing Officer Assessment Record), AND an approved Radar Observer course.

Master of Towing requires 540-days experience on towing vessels as Mate while holding the Mate (Pilot) of Towing endorsement.

For more information visit the Columbia Pacific Maritime website, or call us at (503) 841-6066. We are here to help you meet your professional goals.

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Captain’s Course Starts Monday, January 14, 2019

I got my captain’s license at Columbia Pacific Maritime!

Call (503) 841-6066 to get in on the next round of captain license courses starting at Columbia Pacific Maritime.

  • OUPV Jan 14 to 21 / $1050.
  • Master 100-ton Jan 14 to 23 / $1,250.
  • Master / Mate 200-ton Jan 14 to 27 / $1,900.
  • Apprentice Mate of Towing Jan 14 to 29 / $2,350.
  • Master or Mate of Fishing Jan 14 to 29 / $2,350.
  • 500 / 1600-ton License Prep Jan 14 to 27; plus one year of lab time to finish the exams at the REC / $2,500.
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Pacific NW Sportsman Show

See you at the Sportsman Show

Look for Columbia Pacific Maritime at the 2019 Pacific NW Sportsman Show. Booth #1254, one aisle east of the fly-casting pond. We will be answering questions about the Merchant Mariner Credential (MMC) license process, and the courses that we offer that satisfy the US Coast Guard exam requirements for getting your captain’s license, including OUPV; Master 100, 200, 500, or 1600-ton: Master of Towing; Master of Fishing; and Radar Observer and ARPA too.

We are here to help you get your professional captain’s license.

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2019 Schedule

Our winter schedule (January through March) 2019 has our most popular courses scheduled every two weeks; and Radar, ARPA, Celestial Navigation, and license prep lab scheduled once a month.. Please visit Columbia Pacific Maritime Schedule page or call (503) 841-6066 for the exact schedule dates. Our 2019 course menu includes the following courses:

Original Endorsement Courses

  • OUPV (6-pack). $1,050 / 8-days.
  • Master 25 to 100 ton. $1,250 / 10-days.
  • Master or Mate 200 ton. $1,900 / 14-days.
  • Apprentice Mate (Steersman) of Towing. $2,350 / 16-days.
  • Master or Mate of Fishing Vessel. $2,350 / 16-days.
  • License Prep 500 / 1600 ton Inland. $2,500.
  • Able Seaman. $750 / 5-days.

Radar Observer Courses

  • Radar Observer Unlimited. $800 / 5-days.
  • Automatic Radar Plotting Aids. $600 / 4-days.
  • Combined Radar Observer and ARPA. $1,100 / 7-days.

Endorsement Upgrade Courses

  • Upgrade OUPV to Master 100. $650 / 4-days.
  • Upgrade Master 100 to 200 ton. $650 / 4-days.
  • Apprentice Mate (steersman) of Towing Upgrade. $450 / 2-days.
  • Master / Mate of Fishing Upgrade. $450 / 2-days.
  • Assistance Towing Endorsement. $125 / Half-day.
  • Auxiliary Sail Endorsement. $125 / Half-day.

Route Upgrade Courses

  • OUPV Inland to Near Coastal. $650 / 4-days.
  • Master / Mate 200 ton Inland to Near Coastal. $650 / 4-days.
  • Celestial Nav 200-tons) Near Coastal to Oceans. $1,200 / 10-days.

Refresher and Renewal Courses

  • Radar Recertification. $250 / 1-day.
  • License Refresher. $250 / 1-day.
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