This April 2021 ColPac eNews edition celebrates our one-year anniversary since we relocated from NE Portland to our new home in Coos Bay, Oregon. A big thanks to Southwestern Oregon Community College for making this move possible.
April 2021 ColPac eNews: School News
One-year ago today (April 1, 2021)
Columbia Pacific (ColPac) Maritime completed the last course in our NE Portland, Oregon location on March 29, 2021. With the help of friends and family, Pat and I spent the next two-days packing up the house and school. The evening of March 31, 2020 we left Portland in a caravan of vehicles heading for Coos bay. We arrived shortly after midnight on April 1. And then spent the month of April setting up the school in our new location. The first class was offered on May 4, 2020. And the school has been busy ever since.
The school is closed March 29 – April 4 for Easter. Courses begin April 5, 2021. May courses are filling quickly. Please call Pat at 503-861-6066 to schedule a course. Our full schedule of course offerings is available on our website.
The newest course offering is Celestial Navigation 200-ton. This 5-day, $800 course will satisfy the USCG exam requirements for the upgrade of a Master or Mate 200-ton or less from Near Coastal to Oceans. Currently, this course is not on the schedule. But may be scheduled any Monday through Friday that classroom space is available. Please email Dennis for more information.
In the works
The National Maritime Center is currently evaluating a Tankerman-PIC (Barge) DL course. Approval is expected early to mid-summer. And we are hopping to add it to our late-summer and fall schedule.
The next course that I will be submitting for approval is Celestial Navigation 500/1600-ton. The intent of this course is to satisfy the exam requirements for the upgrade of Master or Mate 500 to 1600-ton Near Coastal to Oceans. And Master or mate of Uninspected Fishing Industry Vessels from Near Coastal to Oceans. And Master, Mate, or Apprentice Mate of Towing from Near Coastal to Oceans.
April 2021 ColPac eNews: Application and issuance delays
The latest news from the National Maritime Center is that applications are backed up 3 to 4 months. The recommendation is to get your application into a Regional Exam Center as-soon-as-possible. Even before taking the course. Use this link to check the status of an application that has already been submitted.
Application help and links to the required Coast Guard forms are available on Columbia Pacific (ColPac) Maritime HOME PAGE.
April 2021 ColPac eNews: Questions and answers
I am always happy to answer questions relevant to MMC deck endorsements. Here are some of the ones I have answered the past few weeks. Email me your have a questions.
April 2021 ColPac eNews: Most common question asked
How to get a 6-pack license (or Master)
Can i get some info on a 6pack lic. What are the steps to this process and what is my first things i need to do?
The steps for applying for a USCG captain license (AKA Merchant Mariner Credential National Officer Endorsement) are outlined on the bottom half of the first page of my website (Columbia Pacific (ColPac) Maritime School for professional mariners). Help pages and links to all the USCG forms is available also. Here is the short version:
1st Document your experience
Document your sea service experience on form CG 719S. Links to the Coast Guard forms are on my website. For the 6-pack you will need 360-DAYS over your lifetime. If you want a near coastal oceans route 90 of the 360-day total must be over the bar past the end of the jetties. If you don’t have enough days for the license than don’t waste your time and money with the remaining steps until you do. More information on the OUPV 6-pack endorsement.
2nd TWIC, first-aid, CPR
Enroll in the TWIC program. And take a standard first aid / CPR course. The first aid – CPR course should be from the American Red Cross (ARC). Or a course from another provider that can issue a course completion certificate with a USCG approval code.
3rd Physical Exam, drug screening, Coast Guard application form
Get a physical exam and DOT/USCG Drug screening using forms CG 719K and CG 719P. And then complete the application form CG 719B. Be sure and have your signature on form 719B notarized. Link to the FORMS PAGE on the National Maritime Center website.
4th Pay the USCG fees and email to an REC
Pay the application fees online at the Gov.Pay website. And the scan the entire application package to a USCG Regional Exam Center (REC). The application package should include scan copies of all the CG forms; the TWIC enrollment receipt; first aid / CPR certificates; and receipt for payment. Link to the Email instructions.
5th Take the exams or an approved course
Take the exams at an REC OR complete an approved course. Completion of an approved course is accepted by the USCG in lieu of taking the Coast Guard exams. Columbia Pacific (ColPac) Maritime offers an approved OUPV 6-pack course. And many other approved courses as well.
There you go. The order of the steps is not as important as the steps themselves. Most mariners take the course first. But it is not required to take the course before applying. If fact, we recommend that you apply before taking the course. Let me know if you have any other questions. We are here to help.
April 2021 ColPac eNews: Other questions and answers
I am taking the Master class in a couple months and was hoping you could send me some study materials.
Everything that you need to know to pass the exams is covered in the class. There is nothing that should be studied before taking the class. However looking over some of the publications that should be aboard your vessel will enlighten you. Here is a list with links..
USCG Light List. Look over the information in the front (roman numeral pages).
US Coast Pilot. Chapter 1 contains general information.
Rules of the Road. These are the International and Inland Collision Avoidance Regulations.
Location Portland or Coos Bay
Did this (school) used to be in Portland or has in always been in Coos Bay?
Columbia Pacific (ColPac) Maritime was located in NE Portland, Oregon from 2006 through March 2020. In April of 2020 the school was relocated to Coos Bay, Oregon. We have been offering courses in Coos bay since May 2020.
Dennis can you share with me again what lights you pinned on your type 1 life jacket? I thought you mentioned using light sticks.
Light are required on Type I PFDs when carrying clients over the bar. Chemical light sticks, or battery power lights are acceptable. But the light must be USCG approved. Meaning it must have a Coast Guard approval number on it.
I looked over the GC Application. Once filled out. Where do i send it. Didn’t see anywhere to send it. Unless i over looked it. Also what are those fees for that application.
The application fee paid to the Coast Guard is $145. It must be paid online at the Pay.Gov website.
The entire application package must be emailed to one of 18 Regional Exam Center (REC) around the nation. I recommend Portland REC. There email address and the email instructions are at the bottom of the application instructions on the Home Page of my website.
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