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Old 07-11-2013, 02:30 PM   #1
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Default What is a z card for work on boats?

Never heard of it.
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Old 07-11-2013, 02:33 PM   #2
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Merchant mariners credential. Needed to work on boats over 100tons.

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Old 07-11-2013, 03:49 PM   #3
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Old post from a different thread. Hope it helps.
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I am throwing the bullshit flag!!! You do not need a z card for boats under 100 gross tons. None of my deckhands have a z card. The oilfield is wide open right now and there is a lot of hiring going on. Try Gulf logistics, gulf offshore logistics, cherimie marine, seacore, abdon callia,barry grahm oil services. That would be a good start.

A little history and info for you. Good to know somebody knows what's going on out there. The original term "Z-Card" was used for many years. I believe it originally started when the US was ramping up in the WWII efforts. All of a sudden all of the old ships that were moth balled were being put into commission to support the war efforts and qualified crewmen were needed in short order. What happened was a LOT of really older retired deep sea guys heard the call and started signing up. In an effort to get the qualified "able bodied, no or few medical pre existing conditions)" hands back on board in these efforts the Government came up with the "Z" card.
Your possible question, why did they call it a "Z" card? Well, in an effort to legitimize this new Coast Guard issued identification, they would imbed a registration number "Z Number, also known as a Nose Number" into the photo. To identify this card as legitimate you could hold this card up to a bright light and the new "Z" number would be legible across the nose of the card holder under his picture (I still have mine from 1981). They then went to a "MMD" Merchant Marine Document, and now the "MMC" Merchant Mariner Credential. Donedealin nailed it, but here is some more in depth info in case you need it. The MMC as he stated is not required on vessels rated at 100 Tons or smaller (normally Crew and Utility boats). To sail on a larger vessel between 101 Tons and 199 Tons a MMC will be required. IF you want to sail on a vessel of 200 Tons and over, along with the required MMC, they now require STCW certification. This is a 5 day class and the closest legitimate school that I know of for the complete STCW course is Sea School in Mobile (Theodore). I do not know what the charges are for this class. Hope this helps.

PS TWIC IS REQUIRED for all vessel positions."
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