Mate is responsible for working in thewheelhouse of a vessel. These positions can exist on any type of vessel.

While holding a Merchant Mariner Credential (MMC), an Mate is considered a licensed, experienced officer.

There are different levels and tonnages of Mates’ licenses, including 3rd Mate, 2nd Mate, Chief Mate as well as the varying tonnage restrictions. For a detailed overview and checklists including the Mate requirements please visit the licensing career path.

As Mate earns “Seatime” in combination with the required training, a Mate can upgrade his MMC to a higher tonnage or Mate endorsement, or upgrade to his Master/Captain license.

A Mate may perform many duties such as:

(Example only)
Maintain the vessel log
Plot courses
Vessel Navigation
Supervise the Loading/Unloading of Cargos

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