February 2021 ColPac Newsletter

This is a quick note to get some information out to the industry.

MMC and Course Completion Certificates

Update on Merchant Mariner Credentials (MMC) that expire between March 1, 2020 and June 30, 2021. The expiration date has been extended for one-year, or until October 31, 2021, whichever is earlier. However, mariners working on expired credentials must carry the expired credential with a copy of this notice. In addition course completion certificates that expire between March 1, 2020 and June 30, 2021 are also extended until October 31, 2021

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Employment Opportunities

Pacific Salmon Charters in Ilwaco, Washington has opens for charter boat captains. Minimum license requirement is Master 50-ton Near Coastal. In addition the applicant must be available to pass a drug screening. Please contact Pacific Salmon Charters at 1-360-642-3466 or 1-800-831-2695; or email pacificsalmoncharters@hotmail.com.

Best Question of the month

I’m getting ready to voluntarily drift for the night, not broke down or having any issues and I’m wondering if you can confirm proper nav lights for me. Boats policy has been red over red but the more I think about it the more I want to make sure.

Email your questions to dennis@columbiapacificmaritime.com

Red over red indicates the vessel cannot maneuver because of an exceptional circumstance. Meaning a mechanical malfunction and you no other choice but to drift uncontrollably. The correct lighting for drifting by choice is power-vessel lights. That said, while the display of two all-round red is not correct for drifting by choice, it is a custom for drifting without a proper watch or lookout in many fleets. I believe the intent is understood.