Good morning mates!
I am in the process of getting back on merchant marine vessels in the 300GT range. Back in the eighties I turned in a bunch of sea time to New Orleans USCG office to get my unlimited AB Ticket. That was the tonnage I was working on back then also (Oil field supply boats out in the Gulf). I had at least 1020 days of sea time back then. I have the coasties in the process of retrieving my records from back then as I have not been in the industry for 20 years. The criteria for listing your sea time qualifications seems to be a bit tougher. I have no real clue what they were for me back then. Has anyone had experience with this situation. I was told by a ex-examiner that they may not count them or even find them. But he thinks the finding part should not be a problem as long as everyone has done there job at archives. As I recall I just turned in letters from both boat companies stating general tonnage and how long I had been working for them. Any experience or tips would make me sleep alot better. Since I just forked over $1600 to go to sea school for 100GT Masters, BST, and Radio Operator Endorsement. The two companies I worked for down in Houma (Pelham Marine Inc) and Morgan City (Bengal Marine) both went out of business in 1980 or so. Any tips or directions on how to get the sea time records if the archives are incomplete or lost or not good enough?