ColPac eNews June 2021

This ColPac eNews June 2021 is about maritime jobs and how to qualify for them.

ColPac eNews June 2021: How to get a captain license

The OUPV and Master are both captain’s licenses. In addition, both may have Inland or Near Coastal routes. To summarize there are three major differences.

Firstly, the OUPV or 6-pack is for six or fewer passengers on a small uninspected vessel. And the Master is for more than six passengers on an inspected vessel. In short, the Master is a superior license to the OUPV. And therefore may operate both inspected and uninspected vessels within the limitations on the license.

Secondly, there is a difference in the sea service requirements. While the OUPV Inland and Master Inland are the same. Both require 360-days. The Master Near Coastal requires 720-days that includes 360-days on near coastal ocean waters.

Thirdly, the Master course is 80-hours over 10-days and requires 5-exams. The OUPV course is 64-hours over 8-days and requires 4-exams.

In conclusion here are some links for more information.

OUPV 6-pack Captain Course

Master 100-ton Course

Which License: OUPV or Master?

How to get a Captain License

Sea Service Benchmarks (Cheat-sheet)

ColPac eNews June 2021: Jobs

ColPac eNews June 2021
OUPV and Master captains are needed,

Nearly every segment of the maritime industry has job openings. That is to say from tugboats to charter boats. And likewise from commercial tuna fishing to Alaska cruise ships and fishing lodges. In conclusion here is a list of the most recent openings that I am aware of.

Captain for dinner cruise boat

Water2Wine Cruises is looking for a full time captain to run their 84-foot dinner cruise vessel. Firstly the vessel operates out of Richland Washington on the Columbia River. And secondly applicants must have a Master 100-ton Inland license, or higher. In conclusion visit the Water2Wine Cruises website, or contact Jay Denney at 509-578-1717 for more information.

Commercial tuna fishing boats

The FaceBook groupĀ Commercial Salmon, Albacore, and Crab Fishers has several postings from west-coast tuna boats looking for crew. Firstly applicants must be good workers and willing to spend days, weeks, even months at sea. Secondly applicants must be drug, alcohol, and drama free. In summary, fishing industry vessels provide a great opportunity to earn dollars while gaining sea service experience.

Captain for echo-tour boats

If fishing is not your thing, whale watching is an exciting alternative. Whale Research Echo-Excursions is looking for operators for their tour boats. Firstly the minimum license requirement is OUPV Near Coastal. Secondly contact Carrie at 541-912-6734, or visit their website for more information.

Alaska cruise line jobs

UnCruise Adventures is hiring all positions for the summer season. To clarify, this includes 1st Mate, 2nd Mate, Bosun, and licensed deckhands. In conclusion visit their Careers Page for more information.

US Virgin Islands

As with many areas of the country there is a shortage of licensed captains in the US Virgin Islands. For example the Kindred Spirit is looking for OUPV Near Coastal captains. For more information email

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