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USCG National Master 1600

 
License Description

Master 1600 is a licensed mariner in ultimate command of a vessel limited to less than 1600 GRT. The Master is responsible for the safe and efficient operations, cargo operations, navigation, crew management and ensuring that the vessel complies with local and international laws. All persons on board, including officers and crew, other shipboard staff members, passengers, guests and pilots, are under the Master's authority and are his or her ultimate responsibility.

Required Examinations

Master Oceans or Near Coastal of Less than 1600 Gross Registered Tons

  • Rules of the Road: Inland and International
  • Deck General
  • Deck Safety
  • Deck Safety: Stability Problems
  • Navigation General: Near Coastal
  • Navigation General: Oceans
  • Navigation Problems: Chart Plot
  • Navigation Problems: Near Coastal
  • Navigation Problems: Oceans

* Navigation General module will be either Near Coastal or Oceans depending on route requested

* Near Coastal routes do not take Navigation Problems: Oceans

* U.S.C.G approved courses may not be used in lieu of any of these modules where a full examination is required

* Increase in Scope: From Master Less than 500 GRT to Master Less than 1600 GRT on the same route may do so without further examination

* Increase in Scope: From Near Coastal to Oceans the following modules are required

  • Navigation General: Oceans
  • Navigation Problems: Oceans

* IAW 46 CFR 11.412(b), Applicants who have met the examination requirements for Chief Mate of Unlimited Tonnage can add an endorsement as Master Less than 1600 GRT on the same route without further examination

* IAW 46 CFR 11.412(b), Applicants who meet the requirements for Second Mate of Unlimited Tonnage can add an endorsement as Master Less than 1600 GRT on the same route by taking the following modules

  • Navigation and Deck General/Safety
  • Deck Safety: Stability Problems

Master Great Lakes and Inland of Less than 1600 Gross Registered Tons

  • Rules of the Road: Inland and International
  • Rules of the Road: Inland
  • Deck General
  • Deck Safety
  • Navigation General: Great Lakes and Inland
  • Navigation Problems: Chart Plot
  • Great Lakes Topics

* Inland routes do not take Great Lakes Topics

* For Great Lakes and Inland routes Rules of the Road module will be Inland and International

* For Inland routes Rules of the Road module will be Inland and International unless the applicant requests the Inland module. Inland Rules of the Road modules will result in a geographic COLREGS limitation on the applicants MMC

* Increase in Scope: From Master Less than 500 GRT to Master Less than 1600 GRT may do so without further examination

* Increase in Scope: From Inland to Great Lakes and Inland the following modules are required

  • Great Lakes Topics

 * If the applicant has a COLREGS limitation on their current credential, the following module is also required.

  • Rules of the Road: Inland and International
General Requirements

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The applicant for an officer endorsement, whether original, renewal, duplicate, or raise of grade, must establish to the satisfaction of the Coast Guard that he or she possesses all the qualifications necessary (including but not limited to age, experience, character, physical health, citizenship, approved training, professional competence, and a test for dangerous drugs) before the Coast Guard will issue to him or her a merchant mariner credential (MMC). An applicant for any STCW endorsement must hold the appropriate national endorsement unless otherwise specified.

English language requirements.

An applicant for an Officer Endorsement must demonstrate an ability to speak and understand English as found in the navigation rules, aids to navigation publications, emergency equipment instructions, machinery instructions, and radiotelephone communications instructions.

Experience and service.

An applicant for a national officer endorsement must have at least 3 months of required service on vessels of appropriate tonnage or horsepower within the 3 years immediately preceding the date of application.

No original officer endorsement may be issued to any naturalized citizen based on less experience in any grade or capacity than would have been required of a citizen of the United States by birth.

Experience and service acquired on foreign vessels is creditable for establishing eligibility for an officer endorsement, subject to evaluation by the Coast Guard to determine that it is a fair and reasonable equivalent to service acquired on merchant vessels of the United States, with respect to grade, tonnage, horsepower, waters, and operating conditions. An applicant who has obtained qualifying experience on foreign vessels must submit satisfactory documentary evidence of such service (including any necessary translation into English).

No applicant for an original officer endorsement who is a naturalized citizen and who has obtained experience on foreign vessels will be given an original officer endorsement in a grade higher than that upon which he or she has actually served while acting under the authority of a foreign credential.

Citizenship.

No officer endorsement may be issued to any person who is not a citizen of the United States with the exception of operators of uninspected passenger vessels that are not documented under the laws of the United States.

Physical examination.

Persons serving or intending to serve in the merchant marine service are encouraged to take the earliest opportunity to ascertain, through examination, whether their visual acuity, color vision, hearing, and general physical condition, are such as to qualify them for service in that profession. Any physical impairment or medical condition that would render an applicant incompetent to perform the ordinary duties required of an officer is cause for denial of an officer endorsement.

Applications for an original officer endorsement, raises of grade, and extensions of route, must be current and up to date with respect to service and the physical examination, as appropriate. Physical examinations and applications are valid for 12 months from the date the application is approved.

Character check.

An individual may apply for an original officer endorsement, or officer or STCW endorsement of a different type, while on probation as a result of administrative action. The offense for which the applicant was placed on probation will be considered in determining his or her fitness to hold the endorsement applied for. An officer or STCW endorsement issued to an applicant on probation will be subject to the same probationary conditions as were imposed against the applicant's other credential. An applicant may not take an examination for an officer or STCW endorsement during any period of time when a suspension without probation or a revocation is effective against the applicant's currently held license, merchant mariner document (MMD), or MMC, or while an appeal from these actions is pending.

If information about the applicant's habits of life and character is brought to the attention of the Coast Guard after an original license, certificate of registry, or officer endorsement has been issued, and if such information reasonably supports the conclusion that the applicant cannot be entrusted with the duties and responsibilities of the license, certificate of registry, or officer endorsement issued, or indicates that the application for the license, certificate of registry, or officer endorsement was false or incomplete, the Coast Guard may notify the holder in writing that the license, certificate of registry, or officer endorsement is considered null and void, direct the holder to return the credential to the Coast Guard, and advise the holder that, upon return of the credential, the appeal procedures.

Firefighting certificate.

Applicants for an original officer endorsement in the following categories must present a certificate of completion from a firefighting course of instruction that has been approved by the Coast Guard. The firefighting course must have been completed within the past 5 years, or if it was completed more than 5 years before the date of application, the applicant must provide evidence of maintaining the standard of competence in accordance with the firefighting requirements for the credential sought.

The following categories must meet the requirements for Basic and Advanced firefighting in Regulations VI/1 and VI/3 of the STCW Convention and Tables A-VI/1-2 and A-VI/3 of the STCW Code.

  • All National officer endorsements as master or mate on seagoing vessels of 200 GRT or more.
  • All STCW officer endorsements, except GMDSS radio operator.

Applicants for a raise of grade of an officer endorsement must have.

First-aid and cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) course certificates.

Evidence of continued competency in STCW basic training or a certificate indicating completion not more than 1 year from the date of application from.

  • The American National Red Cross Standard First Aid course, or
  • American National Red Cross Community First Aid & Safety course; or
  • A Coast Guard-approved first-aid course; and

A currently valid certificate of completion of a CPR course from either—

  • The American National Red Cross;
  • The American Heart Association; or
  • A Coast Guard-approved CPR course.
Sea Service Requirements

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Recency – 90 days in the past 3 years on vessels of appropriate tonnage

-      Experience gained in the engine department on vessels of appropriate tonnage may be creditable for up to 90 days of the service requirements.

 

MASTER Less than 1600 GRT NC or Oceans

 

1440 days of service on Ocean, Near Coastal or Great Lakes waters, OF WHICH

  • Service on inland waters, other than GL, may substitute for up to 720 days of the total required service., AND
  • days of service on vessels of more than 100 GRT, AND
  • days of service MUST have been as a master, mate; master or mate (pilot) of towing vessels, or equivalent position while holding an endorsement as master, mate, master or mate (pilot) of towing vessels, AND
  • 360 days of the service as master, mate, or equivalent position, must have been on vessels of more than 100 GRT;

OR

 

360 days of service as master/mate or master/mate T/V’s on Ocean or Near Coastal waters on vessels of more than 100 GRT while holding a license or MMC as mate less than 1600 GRT OC or master/ mate T/V’s.

Mariner holding an endorsement as Chief Mate Oceans/NC self-propelled vessels 1,600 GRT or more are eligible for this endorsement without further exam.

2nd Mate Oceans/NC of 1600 GRT or more is eligible for this endorsement upon completion of a limited examination.

NOTE: Service towards an Oceans, or NC will be credited as follows:

  • Service on GL will be credited day for day.
  • Service on inland waters, other than GL, may substitute for up to 50% of the total required service.
  • Service on vessels to which STCW applies (inland or NC) will be credited day for day.

GREAT LAKES & INLAND

 

1080 total days of service on vessels, OF WHICH

  • 540 days of service on vessels over 100 GRT, AND
  • 360 days of service as Master, Mate, or equivalent position on vessels 100 GRT or more while holding an Officer Endorsement as Master, Mate, or Master Towing,

OR

180 days as operator of vessels 100 GRT or more while holding Master of Towing Vessel.

Training Requirements

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Unless previously completed.

First Aid/ CPR (Course #143) (completed within 1 year)

Advanced Fire Fighting (Course #145) within 5 years of application date.

Radar Observer Unlimited (course #148)

Bridge Resource Management (course #151)

Medical First Aid (course #153) and upgrade to MPIC (course #154)

Leadership and Management Skills (HELM – M) (Course #616)

VSO/ ISPS Security (Course #171)