Right that is an understandable argument. The same way that an Unlimited Master running as a ChiefMate on a tanker would most certainly be placed as a mate to train on an OSV.
Ive been told that the MSC tugs like the Apache do not call for a Chief mate on the COI. Should they only be permitted to get Master Unlimited restricted to Towing vessels?
It is up to the mariner to prove by way of coachable attitude and displayed intelligence that they are capable of working into a position. Does InterMarine take a Chief mate or Masters from a container ship to work Heavylift without running in a subservient position? I sure hope not!
Your suggesting that the USCG should regulate the cultures of the various industry sectors not the mariners ability to perform certain basic functions. If this is not the case please list specifically some of the things that Chief mates on a deep sea vessel learn that OSV Chief mates do not.