Fishing Vessel Captain

Fishing Vessel Captain

Fishing vessels more than 200 GRT must have a licensed Fishing Vessel Captain in charge. And, in addition, a licensed mate, or captain, must be on the bridge at all times.

Smaller fishing vessels, less than 200 GRT, are do not require a licensed captain or mate. But, there are benefits to being having a license. This includes, less insurance cost, and more job options.

Fishing Vessel Captain more than 200-ton

These licenses will have either, Near Coastal, or Ocean routes. And additionally, limits from 500 to 5,000-tons. To clarify, the limit is based on the mariners sea service. To qualify for the minimum 500-ton, the applicant must have time on vessels greater than 50 GRT.

Master of Fishing 500 to 5,000-ton

A Master of Fishing requires 4-years total sea service. That includes 2-years on ocean waters. AND 1-year as master, or mate, on vessels over 50 GRT; While holding a license as master, mate, or OUPV. View checklist for tonnage limits.

Master of Uninspected Fishing Vessel Checklist

Mate of Fishing 500 to 5,000-ton

Mate of Fishing Vessels requires 3-years total sea service. That includes 1.5-years ocean waters. And 360-days on vessels over 50 GRT. View checklist for tonnage limits.

Mate of Uninspected Fishing Vessel Checklist

Fishing Vessel Captain less than 200 GRT

Master 200-ton

The Master 200-ton requires 2-years total sea service. That includes: 360-days on ocean waters. AND 360-days as master or mate while holding a license as master, mate, or OUPV. And either 360-days on vessels over 67 GRT, OR 180-days on vessels over 100 GRT.

200-ton Master checklist

Master less than 100-ton

The Master 100-ton requires 2-years total sea service. That includes 1-year on ocean waters. View checklist for tonnage limits.

Master 100-ton checklist

Mate less than 200-ton

A Mate 200-ton or less requires 1-year of total sea service. That includes 90-days on ocean waters. View checklist for tonnage limits.

Mate 200-ton checklist

More info and links

Master / Mate of Uninspected Fishing Industry Vessels

Master / Mate 200 GRT and less

By Dennis

Instructor and Director at Columbia Pacific Maritime LLC

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