U.S. Coast Guard Sector Upper Mississippi River recently announced the availability of a new type of captains license that will be restricted to Lake of the Ozarks, Lake Taneycomo and Table Rock Lake.

The Lake of the Ozarks is a special place, and now it will have the opportunity for ‘special’ captains.

U.S. Coast Guard Sector Upper Mississippi River recently announced the availability of a new type of captains license that will be restricted to Lake of the Ozarks, Lake Taneycomo and Table Rock Lake.

This restricted OUPV Merchant Mariner Credential (MMC) eliminates the requirement to complete a charting and plotting course that USCG Sector UMR says is not relevant to these bodies of water. The license, however, is available for potential captains of uninspected passenger vessels (UPV) on these bodies of water only.

An existing limited license and the new restricted license are similar, but have subtle differences, according to the USCG, which provides a checklist of all the requirements. They are largely the same thing, but restricted is more specific to a body of water than a limited license is and will not require the charting and plotting course.

Both types of licenses are issued at the discretion of the USCG.

According to the USCG, the Coast Guard began reevaluating some of the UPV captain requirements as far back as 2015.

Licenses from the USCG are required to operate passenger-for-hire vessels, including fishing charters, sightseeing and bareboat charters. These captains are technically Operators of Uninspected Passenger Vessels (OUPV).”

For more information, go to http://www.dco.uscg.mil/Portals/9/NMC/pdfs/checklists/mcp_fm_nmc5_16_web.pdf