Fishing Industry Vessel
Fishing industry vessel 200 GRT and greater require USCG licensed captains. The USCG issues Master and Mate of Uninspected Fishing Vessel licenses from 500 to 5,000-tons. In short: the applicant must have experience on vessels greater than 50 GRT to qualify for this license.
Fishing vessels less than 200 GRT do not need licensed captains. But, the are reasons to be licensed. Firstly: cost savings on insurance. And, secondly, employment options.
Fishing Industry Vessel: Sea time
At least 50% of the sea time for fishing vessel licenses must be on ocean waters. Additionally, they are issued as either: Near Coastal, or All Ocean. To clarify, Near Coastal means within 200-miles offshore.
Tonnage limits from 500 to 5,000-ton also apply. These limits are based on you sea time. View the checklist for more info.
Master of Fishing 500 to 5,000-tons
Master requires 1440-days of sea time. Including:
- Firstly, 720-days on oceans.
- Secondly, 720-days on vessels greater than 50 GRT: that includes 360-days as a licensed Master, Mate, or OUPV.
Mate of Fishing 500 to 5,000-tons
Mate requires 1080-days of sea time. Including:
- Firstly, 540-days on oceans.
- Secondly, 360-days on vessels greater than 50 GRT.
Because of recent changes in USCG National Maritime Center policies the Master / Mate of Fishing Industry Vessel course will not be offered after January 31, 2022.
Master or Mate of Fishing Vessel
16-days / $2,200
This sequence includes:
- Firstly: Master 100-ton.
- Secondly: Upgrade 100 to 200-ton.
- Thirdly: Master / Mate of Fishing Vessel Upgrade.
In short: You will have all three certificates.
Master / Mate of Fishing Vessel Partial Course
6-days / $1,000
This is for mariners with a Master 100-ton Near Coastal. And includes:
- Firstly: Upgrade 100 to 200-ton course.
- Secondly: Master / Mate of Fishing Upgrade.
In short: You will have both certificates.
Master / Mate of Fishing Vessel Upgrade Only
2-days / $400
This course is for mariners with a 150-ton or higher Near Coastal license.