Here's my situation:
I held a 3rd Mate Unlimited Oceans and Master 100 ton Oceans license that expired too long ago to renew (my fault, I stopped sailing and didn't keep track of the expiration dates). I'd like to get at least a 25 ton Near Coastal (or greater tonnage if possible). I have more than the required 90 days recency but on a 16 ton auxiliary sailing vessel.
I've called NMC three times and have gotten 3 different answers. The first said I needed to "start all over" and submit a new license application. The second said she wasn't sure and to submit an application and they would sort it out. And the third said that I needed to request to have my 100 ton license "reinstated".
I have a TWIC card, and plan on getting my physical, first aid, CPR and drug screening program sorted before submitting my application. I also requested (and received) a copy of what NMC has on record for my sea-time and licenses.
My questions are:
1. Who at NMC was right? Has anyone ever heard of "reinstating" a license before?
2. Can I take a local OUPV/100 ton master's course locally in lieu of driving 12 hours to the nearest REC to take the test?
3. Will I be able to "reinstate" my 100 ton license except limited to Near Coastal if I take that course?