I currently hold 3000 ITC Master OSV NC (domestic waters only) as well as 500 GRT Master NC. I just took a new job with a company in Louisiana that operates mostly (maybe only) offshore supply vessels. This might sound like a dumb question, but a situation has arisen between my new personnel manager and myself about my capacity to sail as master or mate on a particular vessel.
The OSV in question has a dual tonnage certificate: 1174 GT (ITC) and 996 GRT. It works coast wise in the Gulf of Mexico doing what all the other OSVs are doing out there. I’ve asked the NMC whether or not I qualified to run as master or mate on that vessel and they said that I could. They also directed me to talk to the USCG Inspection Division in sector New Orleans. I spoke with them as well and they said that the OSV was within my licenses’ capacity.
Does anyone else have an opinion on whether or not I qualify to work in the capacity as master or mate on this vessel I have described? I believe the heart of my personnel manager’s argument is that although I meet the ITC requirements, the vessel was also measured with GRT. So, that is true, nowhere on my license does it say that I can run as master or mate on a vessel less than 1600 GRT, OSV or otherwise. I guess that’s how the disagreement is still in play.
Also, as a side note, how do I change this personnel manger’s mind? What proof other than my license and the paperwork on the vessel can I offer? The situation seems absurd to me, but It wouldn’t be the first time I was wrong in a disagreement. I’m pretty sure this is the first time he has seen a 3000 ITC Master OSV license.