I am a hawespiper. I did not go to an academy.
The entire US licensing system has been biased toward academy grads since the 1960s. It only gets worse and worse.
That has nothing to do with Jim Cavo or whether he would do a good job running NMC, which he would.
Bayou Joe Boss has been buying Congressmen, and the USCG, for special giveaway licenses for his bayou boys since the 1960’s. At one time USCG personnel in New Orleans were flat out caught selling licenses to Joe’s boys. Things have gotten a world better than they use to be in the oil patch, mostly because of STCW ISM, and oil company vetting.
Congress and the USCG allowed Bayou Joe to buy licenses for people with third grade educations. And he created the special OSV only licenses. By doing so, Bayou Joe discredited limited US licenses and Hawespipers. USCG Limited licenses became untrustworthy, if not a laughingstock.
Bayou Joe is still up to his old tricks. Now Joe has gotten more giveaways so his boys can upgrade from OSV licenses to unlimited licenses. Also, Joe Boss runs his own taxpayer subsidized school down in the bayou that are only for his own employees. The USCG allows Bayou Joe to give the USCG exams at the school for limited licenses, and allows Joe to issue STCW course certificates to his own boys. Everyone passes at Joe’s school. Anyone outside the Gulf sees a conflict of interest in this. Anyone outside the Gulf doubts the integrity of this.
The result is that for years many employers outside the Gulf have not trusted or had much respect for a USCG limited license. Certainly no one anywhere else in the world trusts a US limited license.
So now with Bayou Joe’s Large OSV licenses and OSV to unlimited license giveaways, and STCW certificates churned out by Joe’s own school, is it any wonder that an unlimited license is no longer enough. Now most employers outside the oil patch want to see a college B.S. degree and STCW certificates from a legitimate Maritime Academy in addition to an unlimited license.