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U.S. Coast Guard Merchant Marine Deck Exams for River Endorsements - Masters & Mates License Required Examinations

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According to CFR, river means any river, canal, or other similar body of water designated by the officer in charge, marine Inspection. Western Rivers means - the Mississippi River; the Mississippi River's tributaries, South Pass, and Southwest Pass, to the navigational demarcation lines dividing the high seas from harbors, rivers, and other inland waters of the United States; the Port Allen-Morgan City Alternate Route; that part of the Atchafalaya River above its junction with the Port Allen-Morgan City Alternate Route including the Old River and the Red River; and also those waters specified in 33 CFR 89.25.

Waters specified in 33 CFR 89.25 - Tennessee-Tombigbee Waterway, Tombigbee River, Black Warrior River, Alabama River., Coosa River, Mobile River above the Cochrane Bridge at St. Louis Point, Flint River, Chattahoochee River, and the Apalachicola River above its confluence with the Jackson River.

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A mariner seeking an original national endorsement or raise of grade based on training or service started on or after March 24, 2014, will be examined under the requirements of the final rule published by the Coast Guard on December 24, 2013, (78 FR 77796) . Those who started before March 24, 2014, will be examined under the regulations and policy in effect before that date unless they have specifically requested to examine for their endorsement under the final rule 78 FR 77796.

Master Rivers of Less than 500-1600 GRT Exams

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Table: Master Rivers of Less than 500-1600 GRT Exam Details Credits: USCG 

  • From Master Less than 500 GRT to Master Less than 1600 GRT may do so without further examination

Mate Rivers of Less than 500-1600 GRT Exams

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Table: Mate Rivers of Less than 500-1600 GRT Exam Details Credits: USCG 

  • From Mate Less than 500 GRT to Mate Less than 1600 GRT may do so without further examination


Master or Mate Rivers of Less than 200 GRT Exams

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Table: Master or Mate Rivers of Less than 200 GRT Exam Details Credits: USCG 

  • Applicants Raising Grade from Mate to Master on the same route may do so without further examination 

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Table: Master or Mate Rivers of Less than 200 GRT Other Exams Credits: USCG 

  • From Master Less than 100 GRT Rivers to Master or Mate Less than 200GRT Rivers take only the following - Q400 Navigation and Deck General/Safety

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