I am about to begin filling out my application for 500 GRT Masters upgrade, coming from a 200 GRT Master. I will be finishing my last requirement during my upcoming time off, and will be submitting it right after.
I have read and heard of several peoples recommendations to request the 3000 ITC OSV endorsement when submitting that application. Are there any other requirements beyond those for the 500 GRT Master that I would need in order to get the 3000 ITC ? I have the current checklist given to me by the NMC about 4 months ago, and I meet all of the requirements listed…but am not sure if I am also qualified for the OSV endorsement. I currently hold AB, PSC, BST, Radar, BRM, MCP, FL, RFPNW in addition to my 200/500 ITC. I am about to complete AFF as my last step in 2 weeks. I have the seatime for a 1600 Mates, but want to avoid the OICNW modules so am sticking w/ a 500 Masters.
I currently work in the GOM, and will likely stay here working after the upgrade so I think having the endorsement is a good idea. When I eventually upgrade from 500 GRT to 1600 GRT, will having the OSV restrictions change anything or affect that process?
Thanks in advance for those who share their knowledge or experiences with this. From what I can read and find, I believe I should be able to get the 3000 ITC OSV…anyone else out there been through this?