Alternative title for this thread: [I]Can I use a filing cabinet as checked baggage?[/I]
After searching the forums I could not find a definitive answer, so I’ll ask here: [B]What documents are we required to carry on our person while we are sailing?[/B] I realize that the answer to this question might be different, depending on your rating- so specifically for myself (and thousands of others like me) sailing as officer on harbor assist and coastal tugs that might occasionally sail to Mexico or Canada, eh?
It used to be that I would carry a huge folder with me, to every vessel I sailed on, which held my paper license, GMDSS lic, RADAR cert…etc, etc…sea time letters and every certification from every freaking class that I have ever taken. The whole schbang.
Then, not long ago, they gave us the [I]Little Red Book[/I], or MMC. All your endorsements and such in one tidy place. Like most of us, mine is full of stickers, and stamps- and with my TWIC card in the nifty holder and securely rubber-banded to my Passport, I felt like my days of toting around all those other papers was finally over. It was also about that same time I realized that carrying around all those other certificates and letters was dangerous. God forbid I was to loose my bag, or drop it in the water or have it swallowed up by a hungry pelican, and POOF all my sh*t gone, along with my ability to sail. Now my MMC/Passport/TWIC/Company ID all fit nicely in this little waterproof case next to my laptop.
Problem is, now the folks in my office are telling me that I need to be carrying around my GMDSS license, RADAR Renewal certificate, VSO class certificate, Drug & Alcohol class certificates, and more! WTF? With the exception of the Drug & Alcohol specimen collector, all those other certs/endorsements are printed in my MMC!
After looking around the NMC website, and searching the CFRs, I was unable to find anything clear about what papers I need to carry onboard. If anyone could please shine shine some light on this subject, specifically with reference to the CFRs, USC, NVICs…etc, so I can put an end to this debate once and for all, I would be grateful.