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is a mariner credential issued by the Coast Guard to qualified members of the
deck department who are trained to assist or supervise the transfer of liquid
cargo. Tankerman is an unlicensed national rating that operates under officer
There is a
general process to obtain your tankerman certification with a set of specific
requirements that you must meet.
The General Process of
Obtaining Your Tankerman Certificate
Coast Guard, the overseer of all Merchant Marine Credentials (MMC), will issue
a tankerman certification to those who successfully complete the application
The general process for applying for a
tankerman certification involves four basic steps:
- Step One – Peruse the National Maritime
Center’s (NMC) National Tankerman § Part 13 checklist to ensure you have
all the documentation needed and that you fit the requirement for the
- Step Two – Obtain your TWIC from the
Transportation Security Administration.
- Step Three – Fill out the application form, Application for License as an Officer,
Staff Officer, or Operator and for Merchant Mariner's Document
(CG-719B), and pay your application fee at pay.gov.
- Step Four – Submit your application and
requested documents to your nearest Regional Exam Centers (REC) via email,
mail or in person.
approved, the NMC will mail your tankerman certification in the mail.
Meeting the Requirements
for Tankerman Certificate
In addition to specific service
requirements, to meet the general requirements for a tankerman certification,
- be 18 years or
- submit a medical
- speak English;
- be compliant with
- pay your mariner’s
- submit your sea service
letters or discharges;
- have a Firefighting
- have an Approved
Cargo Course Certificate; and
- meet the course
requirements detailed in 46 CFR §13.121.
Service Requirements for Tankerman
who seeks a certification as a tankerman must meet certain sea service
requirements. According to 46 CFR §13.123, 25 percent of the qualifying service
must have been within five years prior to applying, which includes two
transfers where applicable.
The NMC designates four general types
of tankerman endorsements, each with a distinct set of service requirements:
- Tankerman-PIC – This endorsement requires “90 days' service as a deck or
engineering officer on one or more TANK SHIPS or self-propelled tank
vessel certified to carry DL [dangerous liquids] or LG [liquefied gases]
as appropriate; or 90 days rating or cadet service on deck or engine
department on TANK SHIP or self-propelled tank vessel certified to carry
DL or LG as appropriate,” or a combination of those services.
(Barge) – The
barge tankerman-PIC requires “60 days' service (shore- or vessel-based) on
tank vessels certified to carry DL or LG as appropriate, or 180 days
closely related service directly involved with tank barges.”
endorsement only requires a successfully completed a tankerman course, an
exam and “90 days' deck service on tank ship or self-propelled tank vessel
certified to carry DL or LG.”
– To become a
tankerman-engineer, you must have “90 days' service as an engineering
officer in the engine department on tank ship or self-propelled tank
vessel certified to carry DL or LG as appropriate, or 90 days' rating or
cadet service in the engine department on TANK SHIP or self-propelled tank
vessel certified to carry DL or LG as appropriate,” or a combination of these
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