Late April 2021 eNews

This Late April 2021 eNews has a couple of important announcements.

Late April 2021 eNews Late April 2021 eNews: Course schedule and availability

The April 19 OUPV / Master 100-ton class is full. However there are a few spots available in the April 29 Upgrade classes.

At this time the May classes have limited space available. And they are filling fast.

Late April 2021 eNews: Unique job opportunity

Here is an email I recently received. Please email sailingcrewusvi@gmail.com for more information.

Good Morning, My name is Jessica and I live in the US Virgin Islands. I work for a charter company operating out of St. John and our fleet is in the process of expanding.  Unfortunately, the local area is experiencing a shortage of experienced captains and we’ve decided to extend our recruitment reach out to other areas to bring on new team members. 

We currently have a full time position available on Kindred Spirit 2 for a couple or team. They can live on the vessel and our pay is higher than most other companies. Crew gets great tips and all expenses paid for while on charter. 

Requirements: Captain’s License; 6 Pack OUPV / 50 ton Masters or higher with up to date STCW (Basic Safety Training. Flexible schedule and availability. Excellent people skills! US Citizenship is required.

Our website is Sailkindredspirit.com if you’d like to check us out.

Late April 2021 eNews: Get your application in ASAP!

Firstly, if you are considering getting a license we recommend getting your application into a Regional Exam Center (REC) as soon as possible. The National Maritime Center (NMC) is still three to four months behind in processing the applications. Completing the course is not a requirement to apply for a license. Here is an outline of the application process.

1st Document your experience

Firstly reference this Sea service experience benchmarks post to determine how much experience you need. And then document that experience using Coast Guard form 719S.

2nd TWIC, first-aid, CPR

The next step is to enroll in the TWIC program. Be sure to save your receipt for payment because it is your proof of enrollment.

And then 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

The Coast Guard forms available at the time of this post have an expiration date of 03/31/2021. However these forms are still valid until further notice. These forms are available on the ColPac Home Page or from the National Maritime Center website.

Get a physical exam and DOT/USCG Drug screening using forms CG 719K (physical exam) and CG 719P (DOT/USCG Drug Screening). A Health Occupational Clinic is the best place to get this done. But most important make sure to use the Coast Guard forms.

And then complete the application form CG 719B. Be sure and have your signature on this form notarized. If you answer YES to any of the criminal background questions you will also need to complete form CG 719C.

4th Pay the USCG fees and email to an REC

Lastly pay the application fees online at the Gov.Pay website. They should be $145.

Now scan all these documents and forms. And then email them to a USCG Regional Exam Center (REC). To clarify the application package will include 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

The mariner has a choice of taking the exams at an REC OR complete an approved course. The USCG accepts an approved course completion certificate 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.

Conclusion

In conclusion, the order of the steps is not as important as the steps themselves. The reality is that most mariners take the course first. But it is not a requirement. If fact, we recommend that you apply before taking the course.

Please contact Dennis@ColumbiaPacificMaritime.com if you have any questions. I am here to help

By Dennis

Instructor and Director at Columbia Pacific Maritime LLC