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

2021 Spring Courses

2021 Spring Schedule
Now that I have your attention.

Now that I have your attention here is a list of the 2021 spring courses. Because the courses offered by Columbia Pacific (ColPac) Maritime are US Coast Guard approved they will satisfy the exam requirements without taking exams at the Coast Guard.

  • Click on the link for more course information.
  • Please call Pat at 503-841-6066 to schedule a course.

While ColPac does not offer a First Aid / CPR course, we do recommend Mike Will for this course. For more information please contact Mike call 541-217-6579, or visit his website:

2021 Spring Courses: Original Issue

The courses listed here are for the original issue or reissue of a Cost Guard license.

Operator of Uninspected Passenger Vessel (OUPV 6-pack captain)

  • 8 consecutive days. Cost $1,000.

Master or Mate 100 or 200-ton

  • 100-ton is 10 consecutive days. Cost $1,200.
  • 200-ton is 14 consecutive days. Cost $1,800.

Apprentice Mate (steersman) of Towing Vessels

  • Full Course is 16 consecutive days. Cost $2,200.

Master or Mate of Fishing Industry Vessels

  • Full course is 16 consecutive days. Cost $2,200.

Radar and ARPA (Automatic Radar Plotting Aids)

  • Combined Radar and ARPA is 7 consecutive days. Cost $900.
  • Radar Observer Unlimited is 4 consecutive days. Cost $600.
  • ARPA is 4 consecutive days. Cost $600.

Upgrade and Renewal Courses

The courses listed here are for the upgrade or renewal of an existing license.

Merchant Mariner Credential (MMC) Upgrade Courses

  • Upgrade 100 to 200-tons (Master or Mate) is 4-days. Cost $600.
  • Upgrade Master Inland to Near Coastal is 4-days. Cost $600.
  • Upgrade OUPV to Master is 4-days. Cost $600.
  • Upgrade OUPV Inland to Near Coastal is 4-days. Cost $600.
  • Celestial Navigation 200-ton is 5-days. Cost $800.
  • Auxiliary Sail Endorsement is half-day. Cost $100.
  • Commercial Assistance Towing Endorsement is half-day. Cost $100.

Apprentice Mate (steersman) Upgrade Courses

  • Apprentice Mate (steersman) Upgrade course only is 2-days. Cost $400.
  • Upgrade 200-ton and Apprentice Mate (steersman) Upgrade is 6-days. Cost $1,000.

Master or Mate of Fishing Industry Vessel Upgrade Courses

  • Master or Mate of Fishing Vessel Upgrade course only is 2-days. Cost $400.
  • Upgrade 200-ton and Master or Mate of Fishing Upgrade is 6-days. Cost $1,000.

Refresher (renewal) Courses

  • Radar Unlimited Recertification is 1-day. Cost $200.
  • License Refresher for OUPV or Master 100 / 200-ton is 1-day. Cost $200.

May 2021 ColPac eNews

This May 2021 ColPac eNews issue contains a new class announcement. A summary list of jobs that have been available this year. And additionally there are tips on how to advance your career path.

May 2021 ColPac eNews: Announcements

May 2021 ColPac eNews new class announcement.
First aid / CPR class now available

First Aid / CPR classes are now available through Southwestern Oregon Community College (SWOCC). Here is what you need to know. Firstly, this is an in-person class. Secondly the Coast Guard accepts this class as meeting the requirements for standard first aid and CPR training for the original issue of an OUPV, Mate, or Master endorsement. Thirdly, the cost of the class is $110. Lastly, please contact Mike Will at 541-217-6579 for more information or to enroll.

All ColPac courses schedule in May and June have space available. Check out our calendar page for scheduled courses. And then call Patty at 503-841-6066 to get your name on the schedule.

2021 Winter / Spring Jobs Summary List

The following is a short summary of the job opportunities that have come up since January 2021. Some of these positions have filled. While others may still be available.

US Virgin Island (Kindred Spirit). There is a shortage of licensed captains to operate charter yachts in the US Virgin Islands. The minimum license requirements are OUPV or Master 25-ton with a near coastal route. Email for more information.

Tuna Fishing Jobs. There are several west coast tuna boats looking for crew. The best way to find these jobs is to pound the dock with your sea-bag in hand. Although there are several posting on the FaceBook group Commercial Salmon, Albacore, and Crab Fishers. In conclusion, be ready to invest some labor before the season begins.

Charter Boat Captain. Many charter boat and fishing guide outfits are looking for operators. In short the license requirements for these jobs range from OUPV to Master 25-ton or higher. Likewise, pound the dock or charter boat offices with your license in hand for information on who is hiring.

Echo Tours Captain. If fishing is not your thing whale watching is an exciting alternative. Consequently the license requirements for charter and guide boats is the same for echo tours. Similarly, pound the echo tour offices with your license in hand for information on who is hiring or call Carrie at 541-912-6734.

Alaska Cruise Ships. These companies generally hire mid to late winter. However, like many maritime employers, they may hire mid-season depending on need. Therefore check their website often.

Maritime Career Advancement

May 2021 ColPac eNews Sea Service Benchmarks
May 2021 ColPac eNews
Sea Service Benchmarks (AKA Cheat-sheet)

The mariner who advances is the one holding the endorsement when the position becomes available. Knowing the sea service benchmarks for your maritime career is critical to advancement. Here are some links that should help.

Click here to view the sea service benchmarks cheat sheet.

Click here to view information on how to document sea service experience.

Email if you have any questions.