Operator of Uninspected Passenger Vessel (OUPV) is the smallest Merchant Mariner Credential (MMC) officer endorsement issued by the US Coast Guard. It allows the mariner to operate an Uninspected Passenger Vessel (UPV) of less than 100 GRT carrying six or fewer passengers for hire. The sea service requirements for an OUPV endorsement are contained in 46 CFR 11.467 and is summarized as follows.
An endorsement as OUPV Ocean or Near Coastal requires 360-days of qualifying sea service experience in the operation of vessels; 90-days of this experience must have been on ocean waters. For the purpose of the OUPV endorsement an ocean or near coastal route includes all inland waters of the US and all ocean waters within 100 nautical miles offshore.
- A vessel is defined as anything capable of being used for transportation on the water. There is no minimum size requirement, nor any requirement that the vessel be power-driven.
- For the purpose of documenting sea service experience “ocean waters” means any ocean or gulf seaward of the demarcation line; or waters governed by the International Rules of the Road (72 COLREGS). There is no minimum distance offshore. For the purpose documenting sea service all the waters of Puget Sound, Strait of Juan de Fuca, SE Alaska and the inside passage are considered inland waters.
An endorsement as OUPV Inland requires 360-days of qualifying experience in the operation of vessels. An inland route is valid on all federally navigable inland waters of the US, including Puget Sound, Strait of Juan de Fuca, SE Alaska and the inside passage. An inland route is not valid on any ocean waters; not even a few feet over the bar.