I’m upgrading from 1600 Master to 3rd Mate Unlimited and have just been told by NMC that I must submit a certificate for Advanced Firefighting valid within 5 years. I haven’t taken Advanced Firefighting since 1990 when I got my 200-ton Masters.
The NMC quoted me CFR 11.205. I pointed out that that regulation is for ORIGINAL officers endorsements and that I have held 200-ton, 500-ton and 1600-ton Masters licenses since then. I am applying for an Raise in Grade, not an original.
What am I missing? Is my Masters license not an officers endorsement? Do I really have to take Advanced Firefighting again to upgrade to 3rd Mate?
They had already approved my application and I’ve passed all my tests and now there’s this new setback. Very discouraging…
When I first applied for the 3rd Mate the NMC responded with 5 reasons why they wouldn’t approve me – all were wrong and I was approved to test after pointing out their errors. It certainly doesn’t inspire much confidence in the NMC.
Anybody else faced this Advanced Firefighting renewal?