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Operator Uninspected Passenger Vessel (OUPV)

The goal and learning objective is to ensure the Student, upon successful completion of the course, will be able to operate an Uninspected Passenger Vessel. This includes taking responsibility for the safety of the vessel and passengers.

Topics include:

  • Rules of the Road
  • Navigation
  • Marlinspike Seamanship
  • Weather
  • Ship handling and maneuvering
  • Ships Construction
  • Emergency operations and safety
  • Medical Assistance
  • Communications
  • Maritime law

The successful student will be aware of obligations under Coast Guard regulations concerning safety/protection of the marine environment; and, be able to take practical measures necessary to meet those obligations.

Master (Up to 100 Gross Registered Tons)  79 Hrs

This course is designed to provide the student with the fundamental knowledge and performance skills necessary to accomplish the following:

  • Know and understand the Rules of the Road, Navigation and Piloting, Seamanship, Watch-keeping, Radar, Engine Room basics, Shipboard Management/Crew Training, and Weather.
  • Operate a vessel of 100 Gross Registered Tons safely in accordance with the International and Inland Rules of the Road.
  • Navigate a vessel in a manner such that the Operator knows where the vessel is; where the vessel will be at a given time; and understands the navigational hazards associated with the trip.
  • Be able to react quickly and decisively in an emergency, which threatens the passengers, crew or vessel.
  • Student will become familiar with various skills routinely used in the safe operations of vessels.
  • Upon successful completion of this course trainee is eligible for his/her USCG 100 Gross Registered Tons Masters license.

The course is meant to meet the examination requirements of 46CFR10.205 (i). Subject matters to be covered are in accordance with CFR 46.10.910:

  • Navigation Rules
  • Navigation General
  • Chart Navigation
  • Deck General
  • Deck Safety
  • Environmental Protection
  • Law

Upgrade OUPV to 100 Ton Master 22hrs

This course is designed to permit a student who already holds an OUPV License to be upgraded to a Master of a Inspected Vessel of up to 100 Gross Registered Tons upon successful completion of the course. The course is designed present the difference data for licensing requirements between an OUPV license and a Master 100 ton. Extended topics include:

  • Additional Marlinspike seamanship
  • Ship engineering and construction
  • Towing requirements
  • Environmental systems
  • Maritime Law
  • Emergency procedures

Master (Upgrade to 200 Gross Registered Tons) 24 Hrs

This course is designed to permit a student who already holds a Master License at the 100 Ton level to be upgraded to a Master of a Inspected Vessel of up to 200 Gross Registered Tons upon successful completion of the course.

  • Course curriculum further interprets fundamentals of the Rules of the Road.
  • Provides an in-depth look at environmental factors that affect vessels i.e., sea state, winds, etc.
  • Provides the mariner with more practice in the areas of navigation and piloting while emphasizing management/crew training responsibilities.

This course of instruction satisfies the examinations requirements of 46 CFR 10.207

Commercial Assistance Towing Endorsement  4.5 hrs

The course is meant to meet the testing requirements of 46CFR10.482b.  Subject matters to be covered are:

  • Towing Safety
  • Towing equipment
  • Towing Procedures

AB(Any Grade) 40 Hours

The successful student who has over 180 days of sea services credit on a vessel of over 15 Gross Registered Tons will be able to receive a US Coast Guard Merchant Mariners Crdential identifying him as an Able Seaman with the grade (OSV, Special, Limited or Unlimited) determined by sea service time and type of vessels served aboard.

  • Be able to react quickly and decisively to shipboard emergencies, which threaten passengers, crew or vessel i.e.: man overboard, abandon ship, fires, floundering, flooding.
  • Student will become familiar with various skills routinely used in the safe operations of vessels.
  • Know and understand the Rules of the Road. Learn general seamanship, painting, hand tool operation and other life skills that will assist a student to successfully contribute as part of a team on deck. Additionally a student will know and understand Watch-keeping duties/responsibilities; weather conditions and its effect on a vessel; survival techniques, basic safety requirements and first aid.

This course of instruction satisfies the examinations requirements of 46 CFR 12.05 thru 12.09

STCW – 95: Basic Safety Training (BST)  40 Hrs
All modules are also available by individual module.

The four basic modules of this course are:

  • Personal Survival Techniques (PST)
  • Personal Safety and Social Responsibility (PSSR)
  • Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation and First Aid (CPR & FA)
  • Basic Firefighting (BFF)

The purpose of this course is to provide training for mariners in personal survival techniques, emergency evolutions and evacuation procedures. A trainee will be:

  • Able to identify and avoid unsafe practices onboard a vessel.
  • Able to recognize hazards and apply countermeasures associated with various shipboard emergencies ie: fire, flooding, floundering etc.
  • Able to give and interpret emergency signals.
  • Able to describe the potential problems associated with abandoning ship and crew duties to passengers.
  • Be competent in personal survival techniques, fire prevention/fighting, and elementary first aid.

The successful student will be eligible for a US Coast Guard STCW Certificate stating that they have completed Basic Safety Training as mandated by 1995 STCW Convention. The training provided by this course satisfies the requirements of STCW 1995,Competences Tables A-VI/1-1, 1-2, 1-3 and 1-4.

Maritime Security Awareness 4 hrs.

This course is designed for seafarers employed or engaged in any capacity on board a ship without designated security duties. The trainee will be able to:

Contribute to the enhancement of maritime security through heightened awareness. Recognize security threats.

Understand the needs and methods of maintaining security awareness and vigilance.

This course satisfies the requirements for security-related training, Paragraphs 1-4 of Section A-VI/6 and Table A-VI/6-1 of the STCW code, as amended, and satisfy the training requirements of 33 CFR 104.225.

STCW – 95: Proficiency in Survival Craft (PSC/Lifeboatman)   32 Hrs

The purpose of this course is to provide training for mariners to launch and take charge of a survival craft or a rescue boat in emergency situations. A trainee will be:

  • Competent to operate life-saving appliances and take charge of survival craft or a rescue boat during or after launch.
  • Able to operate a survival craft engine
  • Able to manage survivors and survival craft after abandoning ship.
  • Able to know the correct use of locating devices, communication and signaling apparatus and pyrotechnics.
  • Able to apply first aid to survivors and the actions to take to preserve the life of those in their charge.

The successful student will be eligible for a US Coast Guard STCW endorsement for Proficiency in Survival Craft as mandated by 1995 STCW Convention and satisfies the requirements of IMO STCW 1995, Competences Section A-VI/2 and Table A-VI/2-1
The Mariners Career Start Program

Bluewater Maritime School, Inc. offers one course of training under the Career Start program. The course is designed for individuals with no experience in the maritime community. This course leads to a United States Coast Guard (USCG) Merchant Mariners Credential (MMC/Z-Card) identifying them as an Ordinary Seaman (OS) with STCW 95 Basic Safety Training (BST) and Proficiency in Survival Craft (PSC) endorsements.

Special Trained Ordinary Seaman with BST/RFPNW

General
This program provides the instructional and practical experience required to attain a MMC designating the individual as OS. This course provides the student with the instruction required to meet USCG testing requirement, thus the student need not take a USCG test for BST or PSC. These endorsements enhances the marketability of the student in that:

  • STCW-95 and RFPNW is an international standard.
  • Allows for employment on vessels going more than 200 miles offshore.
  • Is a perquisite for advancement to Able Seaman (AB)
  • Is required by many employers

Course Design
This course is designed, structured, and implemented based on:

  • Employer requirements
  • Industry recommendations
  • USCG requirements and policies
  • STCW-95
  • Staff experience

Mentoring
The OS with BST is a mentored course. Staff provide mentoring and over-see team building projects and individual development activities. Students participate in some of  Bluewater Maritime School’s regularly scheduled classes conducted for industry. This technique allows for OS student interaction with those currently working in industry who are in the process of attaining higher levels of license. Some benefits include:

  • Development of personal relations with those in their professional field
  • An awareness of the issues important to those currently employed in their field
  • Exposure to structure of industry authority by observing the relationship between instructors and those students currently working in the field (Captain and crew emulation)
  • Job references and resources

Emphasis is placed on the students to:

  • take responsibility for their careers
  • understand and establish relationships with governing authority
  • record keeping and documentation
  • civic and community responsibility
  • dealing with authority/organizational structure

All students will be required on the first day of class to call the United States Coast Guard (USCG) to start their professional relationship.

Class Schedule
  • 12 classes per year
  • Limited to 12 students per class
  • Refer to schedule for class start dates
  • Classes are Monday through Friday
Night classes are now being offered.

Progression
The student that completes this program of instruction can advance to the higher levels of Able Seaman simply by accumulating seatime. There are four different levels of Able Seaman.  Pay increases as the student advances to the higher levels of Able Seaman.

Also, at certain levels of seatime the Able Seaman may elect to go the route of  a Master (Captain) for 500 Ton or 1600 Ton vessels. Also, available are opportunities to go into several other fields of specialty within the maritime industry.

Length of Course
The length of this course of training is 3 weeks. This includes classroom and the practical phase of training.

Berthing/Residential Arrangements
Limited residential facilities are available at minimal cost for use by out of town students. For information or berthing contact the school.

Vessel Personnel With Designated Security Duties (VPDSD)

This Coast Guard approved course fulfills the requirements outlined in CFR Subpart D of Part 10, Title 46 for seafarers who are designated to perform security duties.

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