Radar Observer Recertification Renewal
Course 149

This 1 day course is required to be taken at least every 5 years for all deck officers to renew the radar endorsement on their license.Trainees use commercial Radar Equipment and Ship Simulators with landmasses, environmental effects and vessel returns. Please note that the course is often offered on Saturdays as well as as a custom offering in the evening (additional fee for evening courses apply). Please ask to speak to one of our career counselors for additional information.

Preparing for Radar Observer Recertification Renewal

Course Description

Radar Recertification Renewal - Course #149
 
This 1 day course is required to be taken at least every 5 years for all deck officers to renew the radar endorsement on their license. This course utilizes the MPT SMART TM Simulation Center. Trainees use commercial Radar Equipment and Ship Simulators with landmasses, environmental effects and vessel returns. 
 
Subjects Include:
Radar Fundamentals
Radar Transfer Plotting
Rapid Radar Plotting Techniques
 
Any applicant who successfully completes the Radar Observer Recertification (MARTPT-402) course will satisfy the training requirements of 46 CFR 11.480(f) for maintaining the validity of an endorsement as Radar Observer.
 

IMPORTANT NOTE:

Per policy letter 03-19, to renew a radar observer endorsement, a mariner must provide evidence of one of the following:

1. Completing an appropriate approved or accepted original, refresher, or recertification course

2. Having instructed a Coast Guard approved or accepted radar course at least twice within the past five years;

3. Having at least one year of relevant sea service within the last five years in a position that routinely uses radar for navigation and collision avoidance purposes.

Mariners will be considered to have met the requirements for relevant service routinely using radar for navigation or collision avoidance if they have at least one year of service as master or mate in the previous five years that was obtained on the following vessels that are required to be fitted with radar, tonnage thresholds expressed in terms of "gross tons" are applied using GRT, if assigned, and GT ITC if GRT is not assigned:

1.Tankships of 1,600 gross tons or more subject to inspection under 46 CFR Subchapter D in ocean or coastwise service

2. Passenger vessels of 1,600 gross tons or more subject to inspection under 46 CFR Subchapter H in ocean or coastwise service

3. Cargo and miscellaneous vessels of 1,600 gross tons or more subject to inspection under 46 CFR Subchapter I in ocean or coastwise service

4. Offshore supply vessels (OSVs) over 100 gross tons subject to inspection under 46 CFR Subchapter L

5. Public nautical school ships of 1,600 gross tons or more subject to inspection under 46 CFR Subchapter R in ocean or coastwise service and

6. Oceanographic research vessels of 1,600 gross tons or more subject to inspection under 46 CFR Subchapter U over in ocean or coastwise service.

Mariners who have served on vessels other than those listed above, or in capacities other than master or mate should provide documentation of their relevant service on a vessel equipped with radar in a position in which they routinely used radar for navigation and collision avoidance purposes.

Mariners who have served as a pilot who are seeking to renew a radar observer endorsement should provide a letter from a pilot's association indicating that the vessels piloted were equipped with radar, and that radar was used by the pilot for navigation and collision avoidance purposes.

Service on vessels that do not get underway or occasionally get underway for short voyages will only be credited for days the vessel was underway.

Mariners applying for renewal of an MMC who do not provide evidence of meeting the renewal requirements will not have a radar observer endorsement placed on their MMC .

Mariners may have a radar endorsement added or restored to their MMC at any time upon application to the National Maritime Center.

This rule became effective on July 22, 2019.

 



1 day class in Fort Lauderdale

Required Materials

PASSPORT for ID, Paper, Pencil, Pen, Highlighter (and proof of old radar for radar recert.)

 

Course Photos

 

Testimonials

Always pleased with my MPT experiences
Charles, Tuesday April 2021
Radar Observer Recertification Renewal
I am from AMO, and most of the students were from, as they put it; "The white boats" - There is a big difference from 26 years in the Merchant Marine, with 17of those years as a Master on Container, Bulkers Vessels. - I retired from AMO, so I will count on MPT for my training. I was very impressed with the Facility - Capt Holdsworth
Scott, Monday January 2021
Radar Observer Recertification Renewal
No need for improvement. Everything is always amazing at MPT!
Aleksandr, Monday February 2020
Radar Observer Recertification Renewal
This is a 5 star school. The instructor here was not going to just hand over a certificate unless you absolutely knew the material. He kept 2 guys late to make sure they "got it" .
Courtney, Tuesday December 2019
Radar Observer Recertification Renewal
This school has my rating as # 1
Roberto, Monday May 2018
Radar Observer Recertification Renewal
Bernard know this stuff inside and out and has an easy way of explaining what is happening in each situation. He understands the needs of the students who may not use these skills on a daily basis and works hard to be sure you have a clear understanding of the process. This class is an EXCELLENT refresher.
Daniel, Wednesday April 2018
Radar Observer Recertification Renewal
None. Y'all are the best. Merry Christmas. Capt. Rusty Allen
George "Rusty", Monday December 2017
Radar Observer Recertification Renewal
No suggestions at all. I want to recognize Stan McAlister for doing a fantastic job. He was extremely professional and presented the material in an easy-to-understand format. This was by far the best Radar Recert Class that I've taken. Keep up the great work!
Henry, Friday July 2016
Radar Observer Recertification Renewal
I am very happy with the school and tell others this is a great choice for training.
Christopher, Thursday June 2016
Radar Observer Recertification Renewal
Great job as usual! Thanks.
Martin, Monday May 2016
Radar Observer Recertification Renewal
outstanding instructor knowledge, everyone quite helpful
Andrew, Saturday August 2014
Radar Observer Recertification Renewal
Very good class. Dan is a great instructor and his level of enthusiasm was very refreshing.
Robert, Saturday February 2014
Radar Observer Recertification Renewal
Great Class -- First Class Facility!
John, Monday October 2013
Radar Observer Recertification Renewal
Great experience. I recommend your company to all my friends. Thank you for making my renewal process so enjoyable.
Dustin, Monday September 2013
Radar Observer Recertification Renewal
You have the best school out there. Keep doing what you have and you will continue.
Dennis, Monday September 2013
Radar Observer Recertification Renewal
The ladies in the office are very professional and the instructors seem to enjoy enjoy their jobs
John, Tuesday August 2013
Radar Observer Recertification Renewal
Thanks for insuring that everything with my paperwork was in perfect order for my upgrade; I appreciate all the meticulous attention.
Marsha, Saturday July 2013
Radar Observer Recertification Renewal
No suggestions. Nice, professional, and efficient. Just my style.
James, Sunday July 2013
Radar Observer Recertification Renewal
Outstanding class,the instructor Dan is very knowledgeable and gave instruction very clearly and easy to follow. I plan to suggest to my fellow pilots and friends to take whatever classes are needed to fulfill their needs! Again great job to all of you!!
Roberto, Monday June 2013
Radar Observer Recertification Renewal
Great school very enjoyable and interesting
Shawn, Friday October 2012
Radar Observer Recertification Renewal
MPT is run very thoughtfully, with excellent staff. I have done all my courses there the last 12 yrs. Marcus K VanOort
Marcus, Wednesday July 2012
Radar Observer Recertification Renewal