i just found this site and find it to be very useful and informative.
I would like to know if anyone could help answer the following.
I am going to try and obtain a 3rd mates license or better. I currently hold a 1600 GT master oceans with master of towing and first class pilot of AGT. I also have a STCW with management rating.
I currently serve as master on an ATB in ocean service and would like to know if I could use the combined tonnage to qualify for a third mate’s license?
The ATB has the flowwing tonnage- Tug is 186 GT and 1077 GT ITC and the barge is 19,073 Gt and 19,271 Gt ITC. I have served as master on this vessel for around 7 years and have 3 years of service as master on smaller ATB’s
From what I am reading from other posts, it seems that I would have a tonnage restriction placed on the license if it was issued. Question is, what would be the limit based on the above tonnage of the unit I am currently serving on? If I interpret some of the other post correctly anything over 10,000 GT would be considered unlimited. Is this corrct? If not I was reading a CFR and it states that 150% of the maximum tonnage on which 50% of the service was obtained will be applied. Would this statement apply to the combined tonnage for ATB’s?
Any assistance with the above would be greatly appreciated.