I’m new to the forum and thought it might be a good place to ask a question I couldn’t find in the CFR’s. So here it goes:
I’m on a 299-ton Multipurpose freight/industrial/OSV vessel. The manning requires 3 officers, 3 engineers, 2 AB’s, and 1 OS. We currently have a Cadet on-board running as an OS without an AB’s ticket. Can the Cadet hold a watch with the 2nd mate in order to break up the AB’s watch schedule to 4 and 8 instead of 6 and 6. Meaning can the Cadet take the third watch to give the 2 AB’s a break? The COI does not disclose wether the officer of the watch is required to have a lookout/wheelman with an AB ticket.