Is there some kind of meltdown going on at the NMC today?
I talked to a call taker this morning. She talked to my evaluator, and they have my app all balled up. Its gonna be a fight over where a comma was placed in the new rule.
Evaluator called me while I was on the other line talking to the call taker, telling her how they were misinterpreting the new CFR 11.412
Tried returning her call this afternoon, got the message that they were closed for training.
My app got accepted REC NOLA Jun 26, 2014.
Passed safety, suitability, medical screening July 7, 2014.
Assigned PQEB August 8, 2014.
Got the dreaded "additional information required" email August 9, 2014. Apparently that meant they were pulling my legacy file from wherever it is.
In talking with the call taker today she told me the evaluator had the file. Now the good part. I have applied for an upgrade from Master 500 GRT Oceans to Master 1600 GRT Oceans based on the wording in the new federal rule 11.412(a)(2):
(2) One year of service on vessels of
more than 100 GRT on ocean or near coastal waters as a master or mate of
self-propelled vessels, or master or mate
of towing vessels while holding a
license or MMC endorsement as mate of
ocean self-propelled vessels of less than
1,600 GRT or as master or mate of
I have a bit more than a year on vessels over 100 GRT. The call taker at the NMC is telling me that I need 720 days.