[quote=Captmad;8925]Robert, One of the questions a Master asks another upon joining a ship and discussing watch mates, “How is he in traffic?”. Open sea watches are where the mates learn equipment and do their mental planning.
My concern is how the man will react in traffic situations etc. This only comes through experience. The other concern is adhering to my own STCW rest period as well. So in other words am I going to be up all night babysitting?
Then if you feel qualified when was the last time a CG Cutter had to deal with cargo? Stability, over stowage, ballast, trim, cargo compatibility issues etc all at the same time? So why do these retired CG feel they are qualified to sail in the CM capacity let alone as Master? Comparing apples to oranges perhaps…[/quote]
Do you somehow think that the Coast Guard manages to operate when not in traffic?
You are right about the other significant issues regarding cargo, etc, but former Coast Guard people don’t just get a license dropped in their laps, they still have to test that they prove they have the requisite knowledge. As a side note, those us of from the buoy tender community have experience in cargo loading and stability issues, I can assure you, although obviously not at the level of a cargo or container ship.