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Operator of Uninspected Passenger Vessel (OUPV or 6-pack) Information
The Operator of Uninspected Passenger Vessel (OUPV) captain license issues the
authority to operate a power vessel carrying 6 or fewer passengers for hire, not
counting the operator or crew, on vessels of less than 100 GRT (about 65 feet).
OUPV Professional Requirements (references 46 CFR 11.467)
This license may be issued with either an Inland or Near Coastal route depending on
the qualifying experience of the applicant.
An Inland Route authorizes authority over all federally navigable inland waters of the
United States, including the waters of Puget Sound, Strait of Juan De Fuca, the Inside
Passage through British Columbia and the waters of SE Alaska. The sea service
requirements for an OUPV Inland is 360 days in the operation of vessels, including 90
days of experience within the past three years.
A Near Coastal Route includes all Inland waters of the US and ocean waters within
100 miles offshore. The sea service requirements for an OUPV Near Coastal is 360
days of experience in the operation of vessels that includes 90 days on near coastal
waters (over the bar past the ends of the jetties) and 90 days within the past three
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