Towing Vessels

There are three endorsement that are issued to officers on towing vessels: Master of Towing, this is the captain in charge of the entire vessel; Mate (Pilot) of Towing, this is the second captain that navigates the vessel; and Apprentice Mate (steersman) of Towing, this is a Mate-in-Training position.

If the towing vessel is operated exclusively on Inland waters than all a deckhand needs is a TWIC; but if the towing vessel operates on ocean or near coastal waters the deckhand needs to hold either an endorsement as Ordinary Seaman (OS) or Able Seaman (AB).

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