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Apprentice mate, towing vessels, ocean (domestic trade) and near coastal routes.

 

Requirements:   Apprentice mate,  Mate (Pilot),  Master

Exam Subjects

 

The towing license has three levels. Its is issued like other license, i.e. Oceans, Near Coastal, Great Lakes, Inland and Western Rivers. Limited restricts a license to certain routes and harbors. Entry level is, Apprentice Mate (Steersman). An OS or AB can apply for Apprentice Mate (Steersman) with 18 months sea time, 12 of the 18 months are requited to be on a towing vessel. Inland 3 months on each route. Advancement to Mate (Pilot), and then to Master requires no further examination, advancement is based on sea time, and TOAR (Towing Officer Assessment Record)

 

TOAR (Towing Officer Assessment Record), is a official record of tasks accomplished by the apprentice and signed off by an approved Towing Assessor.

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Towing Assessors are approved by the NMC. Towing Company's or experienced Masters can submit a request to the National Maritime Center, by providing license info, experience, including vessel official numbers and tonnage. Call (202) 493-1064 for details.

 

General requirements for licenses for master, mate (pilot), and apprentice mate (steersman) of towing

vessels.

(a) The Coast Guard issues the following licenses:

(1) Master of towing vessels.

(2) Master of towing vessels, limited.

(3) Mate (pilot) of towing vessels.

(4) Mate (pilot) of towing vessels, limited.

(5) Apprentice mate (steersman).

(6) Apprentice mate (steersman), limited.

(b) A license as master of towing vessels means a license to operate towing vessels not restricted to local areas designated by OCMIs. This also applies to a mate (pilot) of towing vessels.

(c) For this section, limited means a license to operate a towing vessel of less than 200 gross tons limited to a local area within the Great Lakes, inland waters, or Western Rivers designated by the OCMI.

 

Apprentice Mate (Steersman) of Towing Vessels

Required Sea Time

18 months

12 of the 18 months aboard a towing vessel.

Inland and Rivers - 3 of the 18, on each particular route.

Exam Modules

Number of Questions

Minimum Score

License

Rules of the Road

30

90

All

Navigation General

20

70

All

Deck, Nav General, Safety, & Environmental Protection

60

70

All

Navigation Problems

20

90

Oceans, Near Coastal, Great Lakes & Inland

Mississippi Map Navigation

10

90

Western Rivers

Navigation Problems Oceans

5

80

Oceans

For all inland routes, as well as Western Rivers, the license as steersman is equivalent to that as apprentice mate. All qualifications and
equivalencies are the same.

 

Mate (Pilot) of Towing Vessels
Required Sea Time Total of 24 months, 6 months as Apprentice Mate (Steersman) Completed TOAR - No Exam Required

Notes:
(1) Applicants for a raise in grade from Apprentice Mate (Steersman) Oceans to Mate (Pilot) of Towing Vessels Oceans is based on sea service only, and no examination is required.
(2) Applicants increasing the scope of their license to Mate (Pilot) of Towing Vessels Oceans and holding a license as Mate, Oceans, NMT 100 GRT must complete modules Rules of the Road, Navigation Problems, and Deck & Nav General + Safety & Environmental Protection.
(3) Applicants holding a license as Mate, Oceans for tonnage greater than 200 GRT and First Class Pilot providing documentation of having completed training and/or assessment in towing vessel operations may be issued this license upon successfully completing modules Rules of the Road and Deck & Nav General + Safety & Environmental Protection per CFR 10.465(f).

For more information see - CFR Title46 Part 10 Sec. 10.465

 

Master of Towing Vessels
Required Sea Time Total of 36 months, 12 months as Mate (Pilot) No Exam Required

Notes:
(1) Applicants for a raise in grade from Mate (Pilot) Near Coastal to Master of Towing Vessels Near Coastal is based on sea service only, and no examination is required.
(2) Applicants increasing the scope of their license to Master of Towing Vessels Near Coastal and holding a license as Master, NMT 100 GRT (except Rivers endorsed) must successfully complete modules Rules of the Road, Navigation Problems, and Deck & Nav General + Safety & Environmental Protection.
(3) Applicants holding a license as Master, Near Coastal for tonnage greater than 200 GRT and First Class Pilot providing documentation of having completed training and/or assessment in towing vessel operations may be issued this license upon successfully completing modules Rules of the Road and Deck & Nav General + Safety & Environmental Protection per CFR 10.464(g).
(4) Applicants must have completed the applicable STCW requirements prior to being examined for this license.
(5) Applicants who began their service or training before May 21, 2001 may be issued this license after successfully completing the
modules in ESS 3-51.

For more information see - CFR Title46 Part 10 Sec. 10.464


Exam Subjects

Navigation and position determination:

Ocean Track Plotting:

Middle Latitude Sailing

NO

Mercator Sailing

NO

Great Circle Sailing

NO

Parallel Sailing

NO

ETA

NO

Piloting:

Distance Off

YES

Bearing Problems

YES

Fix or Running Fix

YES

Chart Navigation

YES

Dead Reckoning

YES

Celestial Observations:

Special Cases (hi/lo Alt., Backsight)

NO

Latitude by Polaris

NO

Latitude by Meridian Transit

NO

Lat. by Meridian Transit (Sun Only)

Oceans

Fix or Running Fix (Any Body)

NO

Fix or Running Fix (Sun Only)

Oceans

Star Identification

NO

Star Selection

NO

Times of Celestial Phenomena:

Time of Meridian Transit

NO

Time of Meridian Transit (Sun Only)

Oceans

Second Estimate Meridian Transit

NO

Zone Time Sun Rise/Set/Twilight

Oceans

Zone Time Moon Rise/Set

NO

Speed by RPM

NO

Fuel Conservation

NO

Electronic Navigation

YES

Instruments and Accessories

YES

Aids To Navigation

YES

Charts, Navigation Publications, and Notices to Mariners

YES

Naut. Astronomy & Nav. Definitions

NO

Chart Sketch

NO

Seamanship:

Marlinespike Seamanship

YES

Purchases, Blocks and Tackle

YES

Small Boat Handling Under Oars or Sail

NO

Watchkeeping:

COLREGS

YES

Inland Navigational Rules

YES

Basic Principles, Watchkeeping

YES

Navigation Safety Regs. (33 CFR 164)

NO

Radar Equipment:

Radar Observer Certificate

Oceans

Compass-Magnetic and Gyro:

Principles of Gyro Compass

NO

Principles of Magnetic Compass

NO

Magnetic Compass Adjustment

NO

Gyro Compass Error/Correction

NO

Magnetic Compass Error/Correction

YES

Determination of Compass Error:

Azimuth (Any Body)

NO

Azimuth (Sun Only)

Oceans

Amplitude (Any Body)

NO

Amplitude (Sun Only)

Oceans

Deviation Table Construction

NO

Terrestrial Observation

YES

Gyro Controlled Systems

NO

Operation & Care of Main Gyro Systems

NO

Meteorology and Oceanography:

Characteristics of Weather Systems

YES

Ocean Current Systems

NO

Weather Charts and Reports

YES

Tides and Tidal Currents:

Extensive Tidal Effects

NO

Terms and Definitions

YES

Publications

YES

Calculations

YES

Ship Maneuvering and Handling:

Approaching Pilot Vessel or Station

NO

Shiphandling in Rivers, Estuaries

YES

Maneuvering in Shallow Water

YES

Interaction with Bank/Passing Ship

YES

Berthing and Unberthing

YES

Anchoring and Mooring

YES

Dragging, Clearing Fouled Anchors

NO

Drydocking, with & without Prior Damage

NO

Heavy Weather Operations

NO

Maneuvering for Launching of Lifeboats and Liferafts in Heavy Weather

YES

Receiving Survivors From Lfbts/Lfrfts

YES

Turn Circle, Pivot Point, Advance and Transfer

YES

Determine Maneuvering Characteristics of Major Vessel Types

NO

Wake Reduction

YES

Ice Operations/Ice Navigation

YES

Towing Operations

YES

Ship Stability, Construction, and Damage Control:

Principles of Ship Construction

NO

Trim and Stability

YES

Damage Trim and Stability

NO

Stability, Trim, and Stress Calculation

NO

Vessel Structural Members

NO

IMO Ship Stability Recommendations

NO

Damage Control

NO

Change in Draft Due to Density

NO

Ship Power Plants:

Marine Power Plant Operating Principles

NO

Ships' Auxiliary Machinery

NO

Marine Engineering Terms

NO

Small Engine Operations and Maintenance

NO

Cargo Handling and Stowage:

Cargo Stowage and Security, Including Cargo Gear

NO

Loading and Discharging Operations

NO

International Regulations for Cargoes, Especially IMDG

NO

Dangerous/Hazardous Cargo Regulations

NO

Tank Vessel Safety

NO

Cargo Piping and Pumping Systems

NO

Cargo Oil Terms and Definitions

NO

Ballasting, Tank Clean., & Gas Free Ops

NO

Load on Top Procedures

NO

Barge Regulations (Operations)

YES

Fire Prevention and Firefighting Appliances:

Organization of Fire Drills

YES

Classes and Chemistry of Fire

YES

Firefighting Systems

YES

Firefighting Equip. and Regulations

YES

Firefighting Equip. & Regs. for T-Boats

NO

Basic Firefighting and Prevention

YES

Emergency Procedures:

Ship Beaching Precautions

NO

Actions Prior To/After Grounding

NO

Refloating a Grounded Ship

NO

Collision

YES

Temporary Repairs

YES

Passenger/Crew Safety in Emergency

YES

Fire or Explosion

YES

Abandon Ship Procedures

YES

Emergency Steering

NO

Rescuing Surv. From Ship/Airc. in Dist

YES

Man Overboard Procedures

YES

Emergency Towing

YES

Medical Care - Knowledge and use of:

Int'l. Medical Guide for Ships

NO

Ship Med. Chest and Med. Aid at Sea

NO

Medical Sec., Inter. Code of Signals

NO

1st Aid Guide: Accidents with Dangerous Goods

NO

First Aid

YES

Maritime Law:

International Maritime Law:

Int'l. Convention on Load Lines

NO

SOLAS

NO

MARPOL 73/78

NO

International Health Regulations

NO

Other International Instruments for Ship/Pass/Crew/Cargo Safety

NO

National Maritime Law:

Load Lines

YES

Cert. and Documentation of Vessels

YES

Rules & Regs. for Inspected Vessels

NO

Rules & Regs. for Inspected T-Boats

NO

Rules and Regs for Uninsp. Vessels

YES

Pollution Prevention Regulations

YES

Pilotage

NO

Licensing & Certification of Seamen

YES

Shipment and Discharge, Manning

YES

Title 46 U.S. Code

NO

Captain of the Port Regulations, Vessel Traffic Service Procedures for the Route Desired

NO

Shipboard Management and Training:

Personnel Management

NO

Shipboard Organization

NO

Crew Training

NO

Ship Sanitation

YES

Vessel Alteration/Repair-Hot Work

NO

Safety

YES

Ship's Business:

Charters

NO

Liens, Salvage

NO

Insurance

NO

Entry, Clearance

NO

Certificates and Documents Required

YES

Communications:

Flashing Light

NO

Radiotelephone Communications

YES

Radiotelegraphy Emerg. Dist. Signals

NO

Signals: Storm/Wreck/Dist./Special

YES

International Code of Signals

NO

Lifesaving:

Survival at Sea

YES

Lifesaving Appliance Regulations

NO

Lifesaving Appliance Regs. for T-Boats

NO

Lifesaving Appliance Operation

YES

Lifesaving Appliance Ops. for T-Boats

NO

Search and Rescue:

Search and Rescue Procedures

NO

Amver

NO