Columbia Pacific Maritime Inc.

A US Coast Guard approved Maritime
Training School located in Portland,

We provide courses for professional
Merchant Mariner Credential (MMC)
deck endorsements.
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What to expect at our school

Morticia Addams (Addams Family) stated that
normal is an illusion; giving the example that
what is normal for the spider is chaos for the

On the first day of a professional mariner
class you will feel like the fly. My job, as the
instructor, is to relate the information to you in
a manner so that you see it as the spider; and
I am very good at my job.

Dennis A. Degner, Director & Instructor
Welcome to my site about professional mariner credentials!

    This site contains the information on who needs professional
    Merchant Mariner Credential (MMC), and how to get credentials
  • Fishing guides and charter boat captains.
  • Tugboats and towing vessels.
  • Commercial fishing industry vessels.
  • Research, cargo, supply, crew, and other work boats.

The Professional Captain License

    Professional captain licenses are issued by the US Coast Guard
    as Merchant Mariner Credential National Deck Officer
    Endorsements. Anyone who operates a vessel of any size that
    carries cargo or passengers for hire must have a USCG issued
    MMC. A passenger is anyone on the vessel that is not the
    operator or a member of the crew; A passenger for hire is any
    passenger that contributed anything of value as a condition for
    riding on the vessel. There are several MMC Captain Licenses
    issued by the USCG, each has a different authority.

  • Operator of Uninspected Passenger Vessel (AKA 6-pack or
    OUPV license) is the smallest captain license issued by the
    Coast Guard. This license authorizes the authority to serve as
    captain on small uninspected passenger vessels carrying six or
    fewer passengers, not counting the operator or crew. This is the
    most common license held by fishing guides, and small charter
    boat operators.

  • Master license authorizes the authority serve as captain on
    inspected passenger vessels carrying more than six
    passengers, and to operate ferries, cargo and supply vessels,
    crew boats, research vessels, and other types of work boats.
    These licenses are issued with tonnage limitations that are
    dependent on the experience of the applicant.

  • Master of Towing Vessels has the authority to serve as
    captain on tugboats and towing vessels.

  • Master of Fishing Industry Vessels has the authority to
    serve as captain on fishing industry vessels. These licenses are
    issued with tonnage limitations that are dependent on the
    experience of the applicant.

Professional Deck Crew Endorsements

    In addition to issuing professional captain licenses, the USCG
    also issues endorsements for the deck crew working on
    commercial seagoing vessels. These endorsements include
    Ordinary Seaman (OS), which is an entry level endorsement;
    and Able Seaman (AB) which is a journeyman's endorsement.

How to get a professional Merchant Mariner Credential

    It should be noted that this quest is not for the faint of heart; it is
    a quest that requires stamina and perseverance.
  1. Research the professional requirements pages to
    determine the license you need and the professional
    requirements for that license.
  2. Go to the application help pages, download the US Coast
    Guard forms, and complete the application process.
  3. Select the class you need from the class information
    pages and give us a call to schedule the class.

    If you need assistance at any point along the way please feel
    free to contact us, we are here to help.
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