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Capt. Roberto Beretta became the first mariner to be issued the Master (Yachts) – Unlimited license by the Republic of the Marshall Islands.

Capt. Beretta earned the certification through Maritime Professional Training’s yacht-specific assessment for captains to gain their unlimited license from the Marshall Islands. Called the Capstone Course, the assessment takes five days and includes time in the simulator. It is only available to captains who meet 14 prerequisites, including relevant sea time, that have been based on the STCW requirements for captains gaining their commercial unlimited license without the reference to cargo, and focuses on RMI maritime law.

All candidates must be approved by the RMI prior to taking this assessment. Upon graduation, captains can apply for the RMI Certificate of Competency (CoC) raise in grade to Master (Yachts) – Unlimited, allowing certified captains to command yachts over 3,000 gross tons.

“This assessment, in partnership with MPT, was designed to address the specific issue of yacht captains having to leave the yachting industry to obtain this type of certification,” said Capt. John Hafner, Vice President, Seafarers’ Manning & Training at International Registries, which provides administrative and technical support to the RMI Registry. “The successful assessment completion and receipt of an RMI license eliminates the glass ceiling (of 3,000 gross tons or more).”

First discussed at last year’s Ft. Lauderdale boat show, MPT officially launched the course in January.

From left, MPT faculty coordinator Capt. Jeff Perlstein, MPT academic principal Amy Morley-Beavers, Capt. Roberto Beretta, simulation training manager Capt. Scott Field, and Capt. John Hafner, vice president of seafarers’ manning and training with IRI.

From left, MPT faculty coordinator Capt. Jeff Perlstein, MPT academic principal Amy Morley-Beavers, Capt. Roberto Beretta, simulation training manager Capt. Scott Field, and Capt. John Hafner, vice president of seafarers’ manning and training with IRI.

“The Capstone Course was much more comprehensive than I had expected,” Capt. Beretta said. “I had trained and studied for over six months and the hard work paid off. I encourage other qualified yacht captains to pursue their unlimited license through MPT’s program and achieve their next level of certification as I have.”

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