[QUOTE=fishyluke;150360]Interesting thread… I have been looking into the different routes to Mate of Towing vessels and eventually a 1600 Master. I’m currently sailing as AB on a tug. I have a 500 GRT master inland and a 200 GRT master NC. So if I complete an Inland TOAR I should be able to get Master of TV Inland, and then request Mate of Towing Near Coastal. Right? But I would be limited to sailing as mate on tugs less than 200 GRT on near coastal routes. Am I correct?[/QUOTE]
Yes, with the exception of inland, (I’m pretty sure) mate/master of towing is limited to less than 200 GRT. So if you wanted to run a 250-ton tug near coastal you would need a 500-ton license with an appropriate NC TOAR and any days on the route for familiarity. I’m pretty sure about this but not %100, I know the 200-ton number comes into play on “seagoing” vessels from the old "Officers’ Competency Certificates Convention, 1936, 46 U.S.C. 8304, which requires vessels of 200 gross tons or more on the high seas (seaward of the Boundary Line) be manned by licensed masters and mates."
If you hold an endorsement as master of towing vessels you may have an endorsement-as mate (pilot) of towing vessels for a route superior to your current route on which you have no operating experience—placed on your MMC after passing an examination for that additional route. After you complete 90 days of experience and complete a Towing Officer’s Assessment Record on that route, we will add it to your endorsement as master of towing vessels and remove the one for mate (pilot) of towing vessels.
So you’d need 90 days of experience/toar on that route.