I was looking over the sea service requirements for 500 ton mate (inland) license and I have a question about some of the wording.
The CG checklist states that in addition to 720 total days of service, 360 of them need to be on vessels above 50 gt, and 90 of them should be [I]as AB, Boatswain, Quartermaster or equivalent position on vessels over 50 gt[/I] while holding an AB.
I don’t have any time as an AB, so of course I’m intrigued by the “or equivalent” phrase. What I do have is time as a “Senior Deckhand” on passenger vessels. The reason I think this might count, though perhaps I am totally wrong here, is that the vessels i work on carry 350+ people, have no mate, and require 2 deckhands and 1 senior deckhand in the COI…
In this situation, as far as I can tell the CG doesn’t mandate, but recommends via NVIC 1-91 that the senior deckhand have extra training blah blah blah.
Anyhow, anyone have any ideas about this? Think senior deckhand time (with AB rating in hand) could count for these days? Think I should just get a job as an AB and stop goofing around reading checklists? Or…?
Thanks for your replies…