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Able Seaman (AB) Endorsement; Who Needs One?

With a few exceptions federal regulations require sailors working on deck of seagoing vessels greater than 100 gross registered tons (GRT) to be credentialed. meaning they must hold a Merchant Mariner Credential (MMC) endorsement as either Able Seaman (AB) or Ordinary … Continue reading

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Radar Observer Endorsement: What is it and who need it

Title 46 CFR 11.480 establishes the Radar Observer Endorsement as an MMC National Officer endorsement. It may be issued with any of three routes: Radar Observer (Unlimited) is valid on any waters. Radar Observer (Inland and Gulf Coast Intercoastal Waterways) … Continue reading

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Grandfathering of Towing Endorsements

There is a grandfathering regulations in Title 46 CFR 11.463 for towing vessel endorsements that could still benefit mariners. Mariners who met the training and service requirements for towing vessels before May 21, 2001, and have maintained a valid Coast … Continue reading

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Radar Observer Information

Recent changes in federal regulations have changed the Radar Observer endorsement from a license requirement to a manning requirement. Title 46 CFR 11.815 states: All deck officers, including the master, on towing vessels greater than 26 feet and inspected vessels … Continue reading

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