Fishing Vessel Captain

Fishing Vessel Captain
Professionally licensed captains are not required for fishing vessels less than 200 GRT, like the one pictured. However there are benefits to being licensed. Professionally licensed Fishing Vessel Captain is required for fishing industry vessel greater than 200 GRT.

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