I received my 500T Master based on sea time after 1998. In 2005 I applied for my upgrade to Third Mate. I discovered that I needed a lot more sea time and since most of my 4000+ sea days were on vessels under 200GT, as a Captain. I needed to work as [B]AB[/B] on a ship over 10,000GT to get at least 50% of the required 720 days over 1600GT. I ended up staying with the ship for all of my sea time, since that’s where I want to be Mate and Captain.
Read pages 1-5 and 1-6 of the NMC Policy Letter 01-02. http://www.uscg.mil/nmc/marpers/pag/1-02.pdf . Notice that the upgrade from 3rd to 2nd reads the same as 500T/1600 to 3rd Mate (no further testing or assessments required).
The NMC didn’t agree and said if I were a 500T Mate, it does apply. (I have that in writing.) I am an applicant for Third Mate. There actually are two stipulations; the sea time needs to be after Feb 1998 and over 200T. I am approved to upgrade to 1600T Master after a rules test; it should be the same for 3rd Mate.
I sent in a letter of reconsideration explaining this and more but I haven’t heard back since 19 February 2009. Since I am in dispute with the NMC I haven’t been able to view my “Application Status” online.
What is the reconsideration timeline for an [B]AB[/B] like me? Is this the normal operating procedure for the “New NMC”? Seems like a one-day event at the old REC.
[SIZE=4]Who can help expedite this?