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USCG National Mate 1600

 
License Description

Mate 1600 GRT is a limited operational level officer of the deck department on a merchant ship.

The STCW International endorsement for a Mate 1600 is II/1 Officer in Charge of a Navigational Watch (OICNW) 500 GT or More.

Required Examinations

Mate Oceans or Near Coastal of Less than 500-1600 Gross Registered Tons

  • Rules of the Road: Inland and International
  • Deck General
  • Deck Safety
  • 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.

* 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 Mate Less than 500 GRT to Mate Less than 1600 GRT 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
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

MATE LESS THAN 1600 GRT Oceans

1080 days of service in the deck department on Ocean, Near Coastal or Great Lakes waters, OF WHICH

1. Service on inland waters, other than GL, may substitute for up to 540 of the total required service, AND

2. 360 days of service on vessels of more than 100 GRT, AND

3. 360 days of service as Master, Mate, or equivalent supervisory position while holding an Officer endorsement as Master, Mate, or Master/Mate Towing vessels, AND

4. 180 days of the service as Master, Mate, or equivalent supervisory position, must have been on vessels of more than 100 GRT; OR

1080 days of service in the deck department on Ocean or Near Coastal vessels of more than 100 GRT, OF WHICH

1. 180 days of service must have been while performing bridge watchkeeping duties under the supervision of the master or qualified officer. OR

2. 180 days of service as AB (if service began before March 24, 2014).

MATE LESS THAN 1600 GRT Near Coastal

720 days of service in the deck department on Ocean, Near Coastal OR Great Lakes waters, OF WHICH

1. Service on inland waters, other than GL, may substitute for up to 360 of the total required service, AND

2. 360 days of service on vessels of more than 100 GRT, AND

3. 180 days of service while performing bridge watchkeeping duties under the supervision of the master or a qualified officer; OR

4. 180 days as AB, Boatswain, Quartermaster or equivalent position on vessel over 100GRT (while holding AB) (if service began before

March 24, 2014)

MATE LESS THAN 1600 GRT Inland

720 days of deck service on self-propelled vessels; OF WHICH

1. 360 days of service on vessels 100 GRT or more, AND

2. 180 days of required service must have been while performing bridge watchkeeping duties under the supervision of the master or a qualified officer on vessels of 100 GRT or more, OR

3. 180 days as AB, Boatswain, Quartermaster or equivalent position on vessel over 100GRT (while holding AB) (if service began before March 24, 2014)

360 days of service as Master or OUPV on vessels 50 GRT or more, while holding license or MMC endorsement Master Less Than 200 GRT or OUPV, OR

180 days of service Mate (Pilot) of Towing of 100 GRT or more. (Mate of T/V does not need to be held, except for WR, as long as service was in accordance with 11.465)

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)

Medical First Aid (course #153)

Bridge Resource Management “BRM” (course #151)

Leadership and Teamworking Skills (Course #216)