Towing Vessel Captain Class / Endorsements

A Merchant Mariner Credential (MMC) officer endorsement as Master
or Mate of Towing Vessels is required to be the first or second captain
on towing vessels greater than 26 feet in length. The Apprentice Mate
(Steersman) is a training position for advancement to Mate of Towing;
and while it is not the only path to Mate of Towing, it is the path of
least resistance.

Professional Requirements for Apprentice Mate (steersman)

The Apprentice Mate requires 540 days that includes 360 days on
towing vessels, and 90 days on the desired route.

Advancement to Mate and Master of Towing

The Apprentice Mate may advance to Mate of Towing after gaining
360 days experience on Towing Vessels while holding an
endorsement as Apprentice Mate, completing a TOAR for the route,
and an approved Radar Observer Class.

Mate of Towing may advance to Master of Towing after gaining 540
days as Mate on Towing Vessels while holding an endorsement as
Mate of Towing.

  • Please call or email if you have questions on Towing Vessel
    endorsements.

Towing Officer Assessment Record (TOAR)

Except for a few old-timers who where grand-fathered in, every
mariner who stands watch on a towing vessel must have a completed
TOAR for that route. There are four TOAR assessment sheets:





Apprentice Mate (Steersman) of Towing Vessel Class

The Apprentice Mate (Steersman) course is a 16-day three-class
sequence that includes:
  • COLPAC 281 Master 100 ton ($1,200)
  • COLPAC 526 Upgrade Master 100 to 200 ton ($600)
  • COLPAC 33 Apprentice Mate (Steersman) Upgrade ($400)

This sequence may be taking in back-to-back classes, or as three
independent classes. A mariner holding an existing endorsement
need only complete the prerequisite upgrade classes.

COLPAC 33 Apprentice Mate (Steersman) Upgrade ($400) This two-
day class will satisfy the exam requirements for adding an
endorsement of Apprentice Mate (Steersman) of Towing Vessels IF
the mariner either holds an endorsement as Master 200 tons, or has
completed the 200 ton exam requirements within one-year. Mariners
that do not meet this requirement must complete prerequisite classes
before taking this upgrade class. Subjects include Rules and
Regulations for Towing Vessels; and Towing Vessel Terminology,
Seamanship, and Safety.

Class Schedule

The Apprentice Mate (Steersman) Upgrade class may be scheduled
any Monday and Tuesday, OR Thursday and Friday that the school is
open. Please check the
Master / Mate School page for scheduling any
of the prerequisite classes.
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Phone: (503) 841-6066

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