Columbia Pacific Maritime LLC
is a US Coast Guard approved
Maritime Training School located in
We provide USCG approved courses
for professional deck credentials.
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Please call Pat at (503) 841-6066
for class availability and scheduling
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Please Email Dennis your license or
application questions. I will generally
respond the same day.
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Morticia Addams stated that normal is an
illusion; giving the example that what is
normal for the spider is chaos for the fly.
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
Columbia Pacific Maritime LLC
Dennis A. Degner (c) 2016
|Welcome to my site about professional mariner credentials!
credentials (AKA Merchant Mariner Credential or MMC), and how to
get professional credentials for:
The Professional Captain License
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 captain license. 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 Captain Licenses issued by the USCG, each has a
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
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.
tugboats and towing vessels.
captain on fishing industry vessels.
Professional Deck Crew Endorsements
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 Endorsement (MMC)
quest that requires stamina and perseverance. Here is an outline of
the quest to get a professional credentials. If you need assistance at
any point along the way please feel free to contact us, we are here to
First Step: Professional Requirements
Sidebar Menu to determine the credential you need and the
professional requirements, or qualifying sea service experience for
Second Step: Complete US Coast Guard Application Package
includes documenting your qualifying experience, enrolling in the
TWIC program, and getting a Merchant Mariner physical and
USCG/DOT Drug Screening. Select the "Application" option from the
menu at the top of the page for help with the application process.
Third Step: Demonstrate Professional Knowledge and Skills
courses we provide are USCG approved for meeting the professional
examination requirements for the indicated license; meaning that
after completing our course no additional exams are required at the