[I][quote=djackson;16385]I am in the same situation; Now: Master 1600 GRT (Oceans) tested in 1995. I have now applied for 3rd Unltd and have been told by NMC that I need to do OICNW evaluations. Does this made any sense to anyone? They quote Policy Letter 01-02 as the relevent rule. But I looked it up and it says: [/I]
[I]Policy Letter 01-02, Page 1-6 states:[/I]
[I]“d. An applicant who holds either a 500GRT or a 1,600 GRT license and STCW certification that were based on service that began on or after 1 August 1998 and wishes to apply for a third mate’s license must acquire the sea service required by 46 CFR 10.402 and 10.407. No further testing and assessments are required.”[/I]
[I]Also I looked up 2008 CFR 46, CH. 1, Part 10.407 ©, which states:[/I]
[I]“© While holding a license as master of ocean or near coastal steam [/I]
[I]or motor vessels of not more than 1,600 gross tons, one year of service [/I]
[I]as master on vessels of over 200 gross tons operating on ocean or near [/I]
[I]coastal waters will qualify the applicant for a license as third mate of [/I]
[I]ocean or near coastal steam or motor vessels of any gross tons.”[/I]
[I]Has anyone else gone through this? I have requested a re-evaluation? Any comments? Thanks[/quote][/I]
Your 1600 GRT license was from service before 8/1/98, so para. 11.d. of Enclosure 1 doesn’t apply. More simply, you tested for the 1600 license under the “old scheme” where the 1600 GRT had less subjects than 3rd Mate and you did not have to do the OICNW training and assessments. Paragraph 11.d. applies to anyone testing new scheme (combined exam for 500/1600 GRT and 3rd Mate).
You also need to do the OICNW training and assessment. The grandfathering applied to the license you had at the time, not to a raise in grade to 3rd Mate.