POlicy Letter 15-02 addresses the tonnage restriction.
[QUOTE=OICUR12;56499]§ 10.410 46 CFR Ch. I (10–1–05 Edition)
© While holding a license as master
of ocean or near coastal steam or
motor vessels of not more than 1,600
gross tons, one year of service as master
on vessels of over 200 gross tons operating
on ocean or near coastal waters
will qualify the applicant for a license
as third mate of ocean or near coastal
steam or motor vessels of any gross
just answered my own question. didn’t have time to read the reg until now. all my master 200gt and up time on inland waters and western rivers doesn’t count toward me sitting for 3rd mate.
it doesn’t say anything about a tonnage limitation. i would fight that.
thanks for chimin in fellas.
one fella i seen on here not too long ago got his 3rd with no tonnage limitation. i would be requesting his evaluator. get my congressmen involved. rattle the cage in the house of infanite knowledge in WV.
anyway kinda disappointing. my job just as tough if not tougher than anybody cruzin the gulf with the iron mike on. why shouldn’t inland and Wr time count? a big ass boat is a big ass boat no matter where you handle it at. whether it be 1200’ of tow through the Brazos flood gates or a 900’ light ship fighting a 35 mph cross wind on his way to the dock, or a captain holding his old school oil field supply boat right on the money for that crane operator in 6-8’ seas when those oil “company men” are jumpin up and down for their drilling equipment or fluids.
in my ever so humble opinion any of the above should qualify any wheelman to be a glorified cabin boy that does chart corrections all day long and the hardest part of his day is maybe making a course change on the iron mike to ensure a minimum 2 nm cpa as per the captains standing watch orders.
i have done the limited tonnage “3rd mate” thing. and if that was any indication of what is to come if i ever do get my time in, i am not too depressed about not being able to sit for my 3rd.
I had twice the close quarters boat handling experience as the most senior captain within the company. he had horsepower to spare, a powerful bow thruster, and two assist tugs every dock we arrived or departed from.
I pushed tows twice the size of our ATB with a quarter or less of the horse power and what the hell is a bow thruster? assit tug? Ha yeah right.