A bit confused here reading NVIC 14 - 14 https://www.uscg.mil/nmc/regulations/NVIC/NVIC_2014/nvic_14-14_able_seafarer-deck-signed_28apr14.pdf
Enclosure (1) - 2. Sea Service Requirements
Mariners holding a rating endorsement as able seaman before January 1, 2017, will be
eligible for this endorsement if they:
Hold an endorsement as RFPNW and have
completed approved training for PSC or
PSC-Limited (46 CFR 12.603©); and
Have currently valid Basic Training (46 CFR 12.602).
Mariners may qualify for an endorsement as AS-D until January 1, 2017
, if they have:
Served as a watchstanding Able Seaman, or
as a RFPNW for a period of not less than
12 months within the 60 months prior to
application for the endorsement (46 CFR
Currently valid Basic Training (46 CFR 12.602).
I am mostly interested in the wording here under b. - BEFORE January 1, 2017.
How does this translate to real life? I can have [U]any[/U] AB rating and provided that I send in my RFPNW endorsement (and comply with the rest), I would be eligible for Able Seafarer Deck? If that’s the case, would everything have to be sent in before january 1 or is it just necessary to hold the rating of a national AB - before january 1, 2017, and the rest can be done after?
If you go to STCW Able - Seafarer Deck checklist, it gets even a little more confusing, especially the last page- National Crossover
I think I get it, but unfortunately “I think” doesn’t work, I need to be sure exactly what to do and unfortunately NMC call center is no help- they have given me polarizing and different answers each time I have called and the local REC was even worse as they openly admitted they had no idea.
Any insights here?