12-Pack UPV

The 12-pack is an Uninspected Passenger Vessel (UPV) greater than 100 gross registered tons (GRT) and less than 300 GRT carrying 12 or fewer passengers, not counting the crew or operator.

The Operator of a 12-pack must hold an Inspected Master license with an appropriate tonnage limitation for the vessel; meaning greater than Master 100 tons. Most 12-packs are between 100 and 200 GRT and can be operated by mariners holding a Master 200 ton license. The minimum license required to operate a 12-pack over 200 GRT is a Master 500 ton license.

A mariner holding a license as Mate 200 tons may sail as second captain on a 12-pack, but the primary operator must hold a license as Master.

Master 200 ton may be issued with an Inland, Near Coastal or Ocean route. The requirements are contained in 46 CFR Part 11 and summarized here.

  • Master 200 ton Ocean requires 3-years of qualifying experience that includes 18 months on ocean waters and 2-years as master or mate while holding a license as master, mate or OUPV.
  • Master 200 ton Near Coastal requires 2-years of qualifying experience that includes 1-year on ocean waters and 1-year as master or mate while holding a license as master, mate or OUPV.
  • Master 200 ton Inland requires 1-year of qualifying experience that includes 6 months as master or mate while holding a license as master, mate or OUPV.

Mate 200 ton may be issued with either an Inland or Near Coastal route. The requirements are contained in 46 CFR Part 11 and summarized here.

  • Mate 200 ton Near Coastal requires 1 year of qualifying experience that includes 6 months on ocean waters.
  • Mate 200 ton Inland requires 6 months of qualifying experience.

In addition to meeting the sea service requirements the applicant for a Master or Mate 200 ton license must also satisfy the tonnage requirements. These licenses are issued with 150 or 200 ton limitations, depending on the experience of the applicant. None of this sea service experience needs to be as master or mate; this experience can be as deckhand.

  • To receive a 200 ton limitation the applicant needs to have either 50% (half) of the required experience on vessels over 100 GRT OR 25% (one-quarter) of the required experience on vessels over 150 GRT.
  • To receive a 150 ton limitation the applicant needs to have either 50% of the required experience on vessels greater than 67 GRT OR 25% of the required experience on vessels over 100 GRT.

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