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Which Way to Mate of Towing

With one exception, you must hold and sail on an MMC endorsement of Mate (Pilot) of Towing Vessels before you can qualify for Master of Towing. The exception is holding a  MMC endorsement as Master 500 tons or higher. For … Continue reading

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How to get a Master of Towing Vessel

To stand a navigation watch on any towing vessel greater than 26 feet the mariner must hold a Merchant Mariner Credential (MMC) endorsement as either Master of Towing, or Mate (Pilot) of Towing. The mariner in charge of the vessel, … Continue reading

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How to Get Master of Fishing Vessel

Fishing industry vessels less than 200 gross registered tons (GRT) are not required to operated by mariners holding professional endorsements. Those of 200 GRT and greater must hold MMC Master or Mate of appropriate tonnage for the vessel. Merchant Mariner … Continue reading

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OS to Master of Tow in 4-Years

It is possible to advance from the Merchant Mariner Credential (MMC) entry level rating of Ordinary Seaman (OS) to Master of Towing Vessels in four calendar years without taking any exams at the Coast Guard. This is not a loop-hole; … Continue reading

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FAQ: what license do I need to go on the ocean?

The OUPV license is NOT limited to Inland waters only; this license can be valid on ocean waters when it is issued with a Near Coastal route. All licenses are issued with routes that describe the body of water that … Continue reading

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Captain License Structure

Merchant Mariner Credential (MMC) Officer endorsements, commonly called the Captain Licenses, are issued a Master, Mate, or Operator endorsements with one of the following routes. An Oceans route has authority over all federally navigable Inland waters of the United States, … Continue reading

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