General requirements for endorsements as master, mate (pilot), and apprentice mate (steersman) of towing vessels.
The Coast Guard issues the following endorsements:
Master of towing vessels.
Master of towing vessels, limited.
Mate (pilot) of towing vessels.
Mate (pilot) of towing vessels, limited.
Apprentice mate (steersman).
Apprentice mate (steersman), limited.
An endorsement as master of towing vessels means an endorsement to operate towing vessels not restricted to local areas designated by OCMIs. This also applies to a mate (pilot) of towing vessels.
For this section, limited means an endorsement to operate a towing vessel of less than 200 gross tons limited to a local area within the Great Lakes, inland waters, or Western Rivers designated by the OCMI.
[USCG-1999-6224, 64 FR 63228, Nov. 19, 1999, as amended at 66 FR 20936, Apr. 26, 2001; 68 FR 35812, June 17, 2003; USCG-2006-24371, 74 FR 11244, Mar. 16, 2009]