The Master Uninspected Fishing Vessel Near Coastal/Oceans credential allows its holder to act as Master or Mate on Uninspected Fishing Vessels, however propelled, documented to engage in the fishing industry. The license is not required to operate wooden ships of primitive build, unrigged vessels and vessels of less than 200 GRT/500 GT. The Master Uninspected Fishing Oceans credential allows its holder to act as Master or Mate on Uninspected Fishing Vessels on any waters. The credential is normally issued with tonnage endorsements of 500 or 1600, but if service has been on larger tonnage fishing vessels, the tonnage may be calculated as high as 5000 GRT. The authority of this credential is limited to Uninspected Fishing Vessels.


NMC Checklist for Master Uninspected Fishing Vessels
CFR Reference: 46 CFR 11.462

RECENCY: 90 days in the past 3 years on vessels of appropriate tonnage


DECK EXAMINATION GUIDE: ESS 1-26. At this link, you will find two Deck Examination Guides.  If your qualifying service for the license began before March 24, 2014, you may opt to be examined under the procedures of the old Deck Examination Guide.  The old guide’s examinations are significantly less difficult in most cases than the new guide’s.

To Apply for the Credential

Application Procedure

 Credential Assistance

If you need help determining your eligibility or completing your application, please email us at Credential Assistance.


Mariners preparing for these credential examinations can begin on almost any Monday.  Course of study lasts from 4 – 6 weeks (add 2.5 weeks for Oceans Endorsement) and is a combination of lectures and tutorials.  The tuition is good for one year.