Master 25/50/100 Ton Near Coastal (NC) License Requirements by the United States Coast Guard
With a Master of Self-Propelled and/or Aux Sail Vessels Up To 100 Ton Near Coastal (25/50/100 depending on the experience) license, you can go up to 200 miles offshore and Master and Mate Licenses are valid for inspected motor vessels of 25, 50 or 100 tons based on your experience and for uninspected vessels of up to 100 tons automatically. The tonnage rating will be determined by the USCG depending upon the individual's experience on similar sized vessels in most recent three years.
This License also meets requirements for OUPV Near Coastal license and it gives you the ability to serve on either inspected or uninspected vessels as you choose. Ferry boats, harbor tour boats, sailing schooners, dive boats, and whale watching boats are all examples of inspected vessels that require a Masters license.
A Master Up To 100 Ton (25/50/100 Ton depending on the experience) Near Coastal license allows the holder to commercially operate inspected and uninspected vessels within the designated boundary line not more than 200 miles offshore from the U.S. and its possessions.
Mariners holding an endorsement that authorizes service as a mate on an inspected vessel of 200 GRT or more are qualified to be issued Master 100 for the same route without additional service or examination (please see below).
A Master Up To 100 Ton Near Coastal license allows the holder to commercially operate inspected and uninspected vessels within the designated boundary line not more than 200 miles offshore from the U.S.
General Requirements for National Master Less Than 100 Ton NC License
- Age: 19 years of age
- Must have US Citizenship
- TWIC (Transportation Workers Identification Card)
- Medical Certificate
- Sea Service letters or discharges
- USCG Approved First Aid (completed within 1 year)
- USCG Approved Valid CPR
- Complete Coast Guard exam or an approved course
USCG Master Less Than 100 Ton Near Coastal License Requirements
- Mariners holding an endorsement that authorizes service as a mate on an inspected vessel of 200 GRT or more are qualified to be issued Master 100 for the same route without additional service or examination. This includes the holders of C/M, 2nd Mate, 3rd Mate, Mate LT 1,600 GRT, Mate LT 500 GRT, C/M OSV, Mate OSV and Mate T/V.
- Master 100 GRT will not be issued for oceans, only NC and trade restrictions of OSV and T/V will not be endorsed.
Sea Service Requirements
- Sea Service: 720 days of service in the deck department on Ocean, Near Coastal or Great Lakes waters, OF WHICH, service on inland waters may substitute for up to 360 days of the total required service.
- Recency: 90 days in the past 3 years on vessels. Experience gained in the engine department on vessels of appropriate tonnage may be creditable for up to 90 days of the service requirements
- Any service will be credited as follows:
- Service on GL will be credited day for day.
- Service on vessels to which STCW applies (inland or NC) will be credited day for day.
Service Tonnage Calculations
- For 100 GRT License: 180 days (25%) of service on vessels of 51 GRT or above, OR, 360 days of service on vessels of 34 GRT or above
- For 50 GRT License: 180 days (25%) of service on vessels of 26 GRT or above, OR, 360 days (50%) of service on vessels of 17 GRT or above.
- For 25 GRT: 541days (75%) or more for endorsement on vessels 5 GRT or less OR, 180 days (25%) or more on vessels 6-25 GRT, OR 360 days (50%) or more on vessels 1-16 GRT
- If mariner does not meet the tonnage calculation for 50 GRT or more he or she is eligible for 25 GR
- Course completion certificate in lieu of Coast Guard examination
Sail or Auxiliary Sail Endorsement (Optional)
- 360 days on sail or auxiliary sail vessels, and
- Complete Coast Guard exam module or an approved course
Commercial Assistance Towing Endorsement (Optional)
You may also read:
- USCG Examinations
- USCG OUPV/Six-pack or 25/50/100 Ton Masters Licence Online
- USCG 25/50/100 Ton Proctored Exams Online
Disclaimer: For general information purpose - please check with USCG for the latest requirements and accurate info