Commercial Assistance Towing Endorsement
This 4-hour course enables the mariner to tow recreational vessels commercially. You may not accept any remuneration of any kind for towing a vessel unless you have an assistance towing endorsement on your license. This is an endorsement for OUPV or Master level licenses.
Topics include: Rules of the Road concerning towing vessels, towing gear & terminology, shiphandling with regards to towing, towing procedures, etc.
This license is strictly for assisting disabled vessels. There are no additional sea time or service requirements for a commercial assistance towing endorsement.
Radar Observer Unlimited
This 5-day course provides mariners with the Radar Observer endorsement required by the USCG for certain licenses.
This course describes the basic theory and operation of a marine radar system, including the basic principles of radar, characteristics of radar sets and factors affecting their performance. The course also includes manual and simulator radar plotting designed to teach the principles of radar plotting, etc.
Upon completion of the course, students take a USCG-approved exam right here at AMA. A certificate of completion will be given if the student successfully passes the exam. The student can then submit that certificate as an endorsement to their license.
USCG Approved Courses
This 1-day course is designed for students who already hold the Radar Observer endorsement and need to get it recertified (every five years).
This course includes manual and simulator radar plotting designed to refresh and test the student's knowledge of radar plotting.
Upon completion of the course, students take a USCG-approved exam right here at AMA. A certificate of completion will be given if the student successfully passes the exam. The student can then submit that certificate to the USCG to renew the endorsement to their license.
Operator of Uninspected Passenger Vessels
The OUPV (Operator of an Uninspected Passenger Vessel) license is the US Coast Guard's "starter" license. It allows you to operate a vessel of up to 100 gross tons with up to six paying passengers, plus crew, onboard (hence the term "6-Pack"). The term "uninspected" means that it is not subject to the Coast Guard's strict design and equipment standards for commercial vessels. The vessels are usually smaller vessels engaged in charter fishing, whale watching, SCUBA diving, and tour cruises.
OUPV licenses are issued for one of the following routes, depending on where you gained your seagoing experience:
INLAND - Restricted to operation on all inland waters, excluding the Great Lakes.
NEAR COASTAL - Allows for operation up to 100 nautical miles offshore.
GREAT LAKES/INLAND - Similar to the Inland license, but requires at least 90 days of service on the Great Lakes.
American Maritime Academy's OUPV course consists of an intensive 56-hour course that includes, but is not limited to, the following subject areas:
- Rules of the Road
- Marlinspike Seamanship
- First Aid
- Deck Safety
- Boat Registration & Documentation
- Boat Equipment
Upon completion of the course, students take a USCG-approved exam right here at AMA. A certificate of completion will be given if the student successfully passes the exam. The student can then submit that certificate to the USCG, along with the other application requirements listed below, in order to be evaluated for issuance of the license.
- Must be 18 years old
- Must have Social Security card
- Must have 360 days of sea service
- Must have 90 sea days in last three years ("recency")
- Physical exam
- Drug test
- 1st Aid/CPR certificate from approved source
Master 25/50/ 100 tons
An endorsement as Master or Mate 100 tons or less authorizes the full
authority of the OUPV endorsement plus the additional authority serve on
inspected vessels. These endorsements are issued with either inland, near
coastal or ocean routes.
Mate authorizes the mariner to serve as Officer in Charge of a Navigational
Watch (OICNW) on any inspected vessel within the limitations on the
endorsement or as OUPV.
Master authorizes the mariner to serve as the person in charge of the vessel
on any inspected vessel within the limitations on the endorsement or as
This endorsement is the most common endorsement held by charter boat
captains, crew boat captains, supply boat captains, captains of small
passenger vessels and captains of small oil spill response vessels.
An Inland Route includes all inland waters of the US.
· A Master 100 ton or less with an inland route requires 360 days of
qualifying sea service experience on the deck of power-driven vessels.
· A Mate 100 ton or less with an inland route requires 180 days of
qualifying experience on the deck of power-driven vessels.
A Near Coastal Route includes all inland waters of the US and all near
coastal ocean waters within 200 miles of the US coastline.
· A Master 100 ton or less with a near coastal route requires 720 days of qualifying sea service experience on the deck of power-driven vessels;
at least 360 days of the qualifying experience must have been on
· A Mate 100 tons or less with a near coastal route requires 360 days of qualifying sea service experience on the deck of power-driven vessels;
at least 180 days of the qualifying experience must have been on
For information regarding an All Oceans route please select "All Oceans
Route" from the menu at the bottom of this page.
Tonnage Limitations on Master or Mate endorsements of 100 tons or less are based on the size of vessels that applicants qualifying experience was on.
· A 25 ton limitation will be issued if all the qualifying experience was on
state registered vessels of less than 5 gross tons (GRT).
· A 50 ton limitation will be issued if any of the qualifying experience
was on documented vessels of greater than 5 gross tons.
· A 100 ton limitation will be issued if either 50% or more of the
qualifying experience was on documented vessels greater than 34
gross tons or at least 25% of the qualifying experience was on
documented vessels of greater than 50 gross tons.
Upgrading from Mate to Master or increasing the tonnage limitation to 100
tons can be accomplished by sea service experience alone, no additional
exams or training is required.
Columbia Pacific Maritime offers approved courses for:
· The original issue of Master or Mate 100 tons or less.
· The upgrade of an existing MMC domestic offers endorsement as OUPV
to Master or Mate 100 tons or less.
· For the upgrade of an existing Master or Mate endorsement from
Inland to Near Coastal waters.
· For the upgrade of an existing Master endorsement from Near Coastal
to All Ocean waters.
This USCG Approved 6 day course includes theory and written examinations towards the issuance of a Qualified Rating Endorsement on a Merchant Mariners Document as Able Seaman – Any Level for STCW A-II/4. Practical Assessments must be taken separately either through the MPT RFPNW Course or onboard your vessel. This course includes the USCG Approved Marlinspike Seamanship – Knot Tying Certification.
· Subjects Include:
· · Marlinspike Seamanship
· · Shipboard Terminology
· · Rules of the Road
· · Aids to Navigation
· · Buoyage Systems
· · Watchstanding & Helmsman Duties
· · Ship Construction
· · Cargo Handling & Stowage
· · Anchoring and Mooring
· · Fire Firefighting
· · Towing
· · Deck Maintenance
· · Shipboard Emergencies
· · Marine Pollution
Course includes celestial navigation theory and terminology, demonstration of the sextant and other instruments used in ocean navigation, ocean charts and plotting sheets, log keeping and dead reckoning plotting methods, celestial shooting techniques, calculational procedures for the Sun, Moon, Planets and the navigational stars, noon sights, Polaris calculations, locating stars and planets, compass calibration using the Sun, estimated positions, current vectors, running fixes and more.