[SIZE=5]A friend of mine told me that his company counts Puget Sound as Near Coastal sea service time. I did some digging and found [/SIZE]46cfr10.232(b)(3) which states “Service on vessels to which STCW applies, whether inland or coastwise, will be credited on a day-for-day basis. For establishing credit for sea service, the waters of the Inside Passage between Puget Sound and Cape Spencer, Alaska will be credited for a near-coastal and STCW endorsement.” I think this must be what he is talking about. My questions are:
Does this include Puget Sound? There is no line or boundary and seems awfully vague.
When was this put into effect? The date at the end of the CFR says it was last updated Dec 24, 2013. Does that mean that all the inland time prior to this rule is still inland and everything afterward is NC? It all seems very clear, just checking.
Thank you, Andy[/SIZE]