|Charter Boat and Fishing Guide Captain Information
passenger vessels on inland or near coastal ocean waters. With
only a few exceptions all vessel operators carrying passengers
for hire are required to hold a professional captains license as
either OUPV or Master.
must hold a license as master with an appropriate tonnage
limitation for the vessel.
State Guide Licenses
also have to register with the state you are going to operate in
as a fishing guide.
license issues the authority to operate a small (less than about
65 feet) power-driven vessel carrying 6 or fewer passengers for
hire, not counting the operator or crew. It is sometimes called
the "6-pack license" because of its limitation to 6 passengers.
This is the most common captain license held by fishing guides
and the operators of small charter boats.
OUPV Professional Requirements (46 CFR 11.467)
The OUPV License is issued with either an inland or near
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Columbia Pacific Maritime LLC
Dennis A. Degner (c) 2016
Columbia Pacific Maritime Inc.
Phone: (503) 841-6066
Email your license questions to
Research the endorsement you need
and the professional requirements for
that endorsements in the Professional
Most professional Merchant Mariner
Credential (MMC) endorsements
require qualifying sea service
experience. For information on how to
document your qualifying experience
goto the Application Help pages.
About Professional Licenses
Professional mariner licenses are
issued by the US Coast Guard in a
passport style book called a Merchant
Mariner Credential (MMC). A mariner's
professional qualifications are listed in
their MMC as endorsements. Their are
three types of endorsements:
National Officer Endorsements
authorize the mariner to be in charge
of the vessel, or a watch on the vessel.
National Rating Endorsements
authorize the mariner to assist the
officer as sailor, or deckhand, but not
be in charge of any watch.
STCW International Endorsements
apply to seagoing vessels greater than
200 GRT (500 GT); except for fishing
industry vessels which are excempt
from STCW regulations.