On the NMC FAQ STCW area a question is posted asking whether or not it is true that a 1600 ton mate can advance to 1600 ton master with only 1 year of seatime provided that that one year of sea time was on vessels over 100 tons and one held a license of 1600 ton oceans or 1600 GRT Mate of towing, during that year.
The response is “Yes a mariner holding an endorsement as mate of self propelled vessels of less than 1600 GRT or as a master or mate/pilot of towing vessels and who has 12 months’ service as master or mate on seagoing vessels over 100 GRT may upgrade to master of self propelled vessels of less than 1600 GRT”
So I can’t seem to find this explained in the CFRs or on any checklists, so is this in fact correct? And if so what would the testing requirements be? Lastly is the “12 months of seatime” 364 8 hour days?