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39 Peckham Place
Bristol, RI 02809
Phone:(401)556-1955
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The Coast Guard has begun working to create government-owned illustrations to replace those that are copyrighted and will publish additional information as that effort progresses.

We will continue to provide illustrations and associated questions as they become available. Please check available updates from the Help Menu in the main application window.


The National Maritime Center (NMC) has completely rewritten the Electricity, Electronics, and Control Engineering questions and illustrations. The latest question release by the NMC contains 74 new illustrations, all electricity/electronics. We published these illustrations and questions as an update. Running the update utility installs new questions, removes old questions and installs new illustrations. A document containing questions with missing illustrations (in the reference library), is also modified to contain only the remaining questions with no illustrations. As the NMC releases illustrations this document will get smaller.

If your sitting for an Engineer exam you need to completely understand electricity. The subject mater has not changed, if you read and understand the reference books on electricity included with all our engineer training applications you will have no trouble with the new questions.

The "Final Rule" has raised some issues with the Engineer Limited license. The Engineer Limited Oceans and Engineer Limited Near Coastal are to be combined. We have requested information from NMC how the changes will take affect, license subjects for the combined exam. The license exams, listed in the Deck and Engineering Exam Guide and Check Lists have not changed. We will keep you informed and make application changes as we obtain more information.

Many sites offer training for US Coast Guard, Merchant Marine exams. Most training software available contains ALL questions (over 17,000 for deck). If you're sitting for 1600 GT Near Coast why would you want to study subjects for the Master Unlimited exam.

Our Merchant Marine testing software programs contain genuine United States Coast Guard questions painstakingly selected for license grades listed. All CD's contain a reference library with many publications, check listings. Our license training applications have a stand alone viewer to read and search the many books in reference library. The viewer also provides access to all illustrations and drawings with high resolution to display detail in large schematics and graphs.

As questions, illustrations and help files are updated they are available to users through a built in update utility (most applications). Our USCG exam training software provides a important package for Merchant Marine license training.

Credit Card Merchant Services    Mail orders please use our MAIL ORDER FORM.

Testing Applications for the Merchant Mariner

Our unlimited applications, Master-3rd Mate, and Chief -3rd Assistant Engineer covers all the USCG exam exam subjects. Limited tonnage training CD's are license specific and contain selected questions for the license grade stated. Questions are selected randomly or returned from a text or drawing number. Correctly answered questions are not repeated (unless reset). This feature provides fresh questions, while tracking your total progress. For more details please see test help or download the demo.

Demo's are restricted only by the number of questions 50 per / section. Demos are free to download from the links near the bottom of this page. The demos provide a good overview of the applications, however the engineer demo is an older version and does not provide search capabilities.

All CD's include a reference library. Illustrations are provided on screen, and can be printed for use. The print test option provides printed tests and answer sheets. For a listing of reference books included check the CD listings in menu to the left. The latest update for our deck training CDs consists of a complete Rules of the Road help file. The help file is integrated into the application (context-sensitive). Help is provided for all Rules of the Road questions. Pressing the F1 key or the 'Need Help' button opens the help file to the page explaining to the question.

All software offered is windows based and will run on all windows operating systems, sorry no Macintosh applications. We also provide in house tech support by email or phone (401) 556-1955.

Please let us know how you like our products, comments, remarks to: sales@hawsepipe.net

New License Requirements

I recently attended the Second Annual Towing Industry Forum at the State University of New York, Maritime College. A presentation by James D. Cavo of the National Maritime Center, on towing licensing was very informative. Changes include 500 course hours for licenses over 200 GRT (500 GT International), and the introduction of a new Master of Towing Vessel license.

Apprentice Mate (Steersman) Towing

Merchant Marine Exam Online Testing Center

Free online testing center. Genuine USCG exam questions. The online questions do not include illustrations. These questions are for review and should not be used to study for exams.

Valid e-mail required, must be able to receive email from auto responder response@hawsepipe.com. An email notification from response@hawsepipe.com will be emailed to activate your account.

Online purchases are processed on a Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) page. SSL works by creating a private key that encrypts the data. Your information becomes encrypted and is not viewable to any outside system.

Free Merchant Marine Downloads

Help file downloads are Windows help files (.chm) help files show application overview and advanced features.

Download - Master / Mate help (874 KB)

Download - Engineer help (816 KB)

Download - QMED help (361 KB)

Download Guide All - This manual provides guidance for examination room proctors and other personnel who actively monitor merchant marine applicants in the exam room.

Files in .PDF format Adobe Acrobat Reader needed