I will soon be attending a 2 day apprentice mate course followed by a 1 day WR course. Soon after I will begin on deck/wheelman in order to have my TOAR completed for inland/WR to acquire Mate of Towing and the following is from the Mate of Towing checklist:
For those who hold less than 200GRT :1080 days service as Master under the authority of endorsement held
I have held a 200GRT NC master endorsement for over 10years(on my 3rd issue). All of my seatime letters state “Captain”
Does the USCG recognize that vague term when calculating the time needed for the endorsement or does the USCG recognize the time Holding the Master endorsement ?
Thanks for the feedback and if I’m unclear in my wording feel free to straighten me out.
Well if your towing company was worth their salt they would know how to write a simple Seatime letter (it’s nothing new, ffs) for one of their guys to get their towing endorsement…
Think I’d consider other employment options if it were me, but I digress.
I would think they should know as well but when I request my letter I now know what I should expect in the event the company doesn’t add the “training and observation” portion. That’ll be discussed before and after if necessary.
I don’t know that there is anything simple about sea service letters anymore. Depending on what endorsements you are requesting, I find myself adding more and more information to satisfy the NMC bureaucrats. For instance I that example above, you forgot to mention continual use of radar for navigation and collision avoidance (assuming he was endorsed as a radar observer).
^^^^^ Yes… this is the issue. But it gets even worse when applying for STCW endorsements. As an example, for OICNW the requirement is:
1080 days of seagoing service in the deck department on vessels
operating in oceans, near-coastal and/or Great Lakes; AND
Provide evidence of having performed, during the required seagoing
service, bridge watch keeping duties, under the supervision of an
officer holding the STCW endorsement as master, chief mate, second
mate, or OICNW, for a period of not less than 180 days.
So if you are using a CG-718A discharge form, how do you prove you were under the supervision of an officer holding the STCW endorsement as master, chief mate, second mate, or OICNW? It should be obvious if the vessel was STCW. But if inland, then what?