Columbia Pacific Maritime Inc.
A US Coast Guard approved Maritime
Training School located in Portland,
We provide courses for professional
Merchant Mariner Credential (MMC)
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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
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.
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.
free to contact us, we are here to help.
Columbia Pacific Maritime INC
Dennis A. Degner (c) 2016