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Podcast Explains Tonnage & Captain’s Licenses

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Watch Now:  “NWMA Weekly” Episode 9 – Tonnage

On their latest “NWMA Weekly” podcast, Capt. Benjamin Garman and Chance Busey talked about the various captain’s licenses available for a merchant mariner. From the smallest, OUPV 6-pack, to Unlimited, captain’s licenses are all based on vessel tonnage.

Most captains start by becoming an Operator of Uninspected Passenger Vessels, or OUPV Captain, which is the easiest license to get, explains Capt. Ben, who holds a 200-Ton Captain’s License. The OUPV Captain’s License, or 6-pack, allows the holder to captain uninspected vessels up to 100 gross tons, or about 75 to 90-feet long.

This license is required for those wishing to offer fishing and sailing charters, drive a dive boat or run sightseeing tours, for example. It is commonly referred to as a “six-pack” because it allows the holder to take up to six paying passengers and crew.

Northwest Maritime Academy is Planning 100-Ton Captain’s License Class


In the above video, Northwest Maritime Academy Administrator Capt. Benjamin Garman, left, and Chance Busey, assistant marketing director of Gig Harbor Marina & Boatyard, discuss the various captain’s licenses on the latest “NWMA Weekly” podcast, Episode 9: Tonnage.


The next most common threshold is the 100-Ton License in a succession that includes 25-, 50-, 200-, 500-, 800- and 1600-ton up to the Unlimited category of captain’s licenses, Garman added.

The administrator of the Northwest Maritime Academy hopes to offer a 100-ton license course in the coming year.

“Maybe about half-way through next year the Academy will have a 100-ton class,” he said on the podcast. “It’s a five-day class and I hope to have it here in Gig Harbor or maybe up in La Conner.”

So, stay tuned for more information coming soon on this topic. Just keep an eye on this blog space or follow the Northwest Maritime Academy on Facebook. Be sure to watch the latest NWMA Weekly podcast, Episode 9: Tonnage.

For more information contact Capt. Benjamin Garman, Administrator of the Northwest Maritime Academy at (253) 358-2447

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