You are about to lose your 1600 GRT Domestic Endorsements onyour Limited OSV Licenses and be issued a 500 GRT Endorsement at your nextrenewal.
According to theUSCG, “ALL OSV OFFICERS WE ISSUE HAVE THAT LIMITATION NOW”.
I just renewed (CE Limited OSV Any HP - Issue 8) and when I got the MMC Booklet back, they hadreduced my License from 1600GRT to 500GRT. When I ask about it, USCG MerchantMarine Center in West Virginia said that it is “Drafting Changes” and that itis correct. All OSV’s will be 500GRT Domestic.
The 6000T ITC willremain on your License, just the Domestic will change back to 500GRT.
Here’s exactly whatthey said: (Quote)
“We received a call to review your MMC endorsements. I havereviewed your MMC. The C/E OSV STCW endorsement is correctly limited to 500GRT. All OSV officers we issue have that limitation now. This is correct.
The C/E limited youhold that previously showed 1,600 GRT on the STCW will no longer reflect thislimitation. This is a drafting change and is correct.
I see no errors onthe STCW endorsements we have issued you, but I do realize it may lookdifferent from your last issuance. This is due to drafting changes, but iscorrect.” (End quote)
If anyone knows what “Drafting Changes” means, and where itwas authorized in NVIC’s, Code of Registry, or CFR’s, please post so we all cansee why this rule changed and why we lose something we’ve earned and have beenissued.
So what does thismean? Will all of us working on the larger AHTS and “Super Supply” Vessels loseour jobs? Will the USCG now require “Blue Water” Licenses for these Vessels?Will the pay scale for OSV’s under 500GT be lowered as the market will beflooded with 500T Licenses?
Remember, this is ALL OSV OFFICERS, Deckincluded.