[QUOTE=Capt. Schmitt;59055]The tonnage limit on the CAPTAIN’S license does not matter as far as him being able to sign off on assessments.
It is possible to get a NC license with no attached STCW and I am unsure if “Master OSV” counts as STCW because while granting rights according to ITC tonnage it is not valid internationally. That is why I said he needs to make sure (see for HIMSELF not take anyone’s word for it) that the captain has STCW II/2 on his license.
“He” is the correct word choice in the English language if the gender of the subject is unknown. (Phrases like “he/she” are not correct English.) Along these lines, it is Chairman and Congressman, never Chairwoman or Congresswoman. Those are job titles that have no bearing on the gender of the person holding them. (Also, one cannot be the chair of a committee. A chair is a piece of furniture. One can chair a committee though…)
Again, that is too simplified. They MUST have STCW II/2 on their license. Verify for yourself or you are gambling with the NMC.[/QUOTE]
Capt Schmidt I was mostly busting your chops and you handled it well, so Kudos to you, but I was correcting some common misconceptions. I am not oversimplifying it, you are overcomplicating it.
Here is how: Notice I specifically did not mention Mate or Master OSV as able to sign the assessments. Maybe I should have been more clear in stating that all non-trade restricted Mate/Masters over 500 tons can assess, but I felt that was implied. Capt. Schmidt, What you may not know is that Mate and Master OSV both have STCW’s attached to them that are endorsed II/1 and II/2 respectively. There is a little parenthetical statement next to them restricting them to motor propelled offshore supply vessels, but they are nevertheless operational and management level licenses which can even be endorsed for oceans service. Wow, now it’s getting complicated. That is why I did not recommend that AB’s go around asking officer’s for their credentials because most likely they will not understand what they are looking at, just like I did not. I don’t think I would want an officer who did not know if he was qualified, signing my assessments anyway. One other tidbit of information, while the IMO does not recognize OSV licenses, many individual flag states have. *You will also find VERY FEW Master OSV license holders out there ( I know of one) because it is still possible to go from Mate OSV to Master 1600 with just sea-time and testing.
So again, any Master 500 ton NC non-trade restricted or greater (STCW II/2), or any Mate 500 NC non-trade restricted or greater (STCW II/1) with one year of experience can sign the OICNW assessments. If you want the celestial 1-1A thru 1-1F assessments signed they need to have Oceans as well. Basically, you can assess up to the level of licensing you currently hold. The year of experience required for Mates to assess is because the CG doesn’t want green Mates assessing people. Someone with a Master license has by definition at least two years of licensed experience.