Ok guys I just wanted some fellow mariner input here to see if my frustration is warranted or if I should just relax. I sent my Application for Renewal to Coastguard REC Boston on 15 Jan 2015 via Email. I never Received a confirmation that they had in fact received it which forced me to call them a few days later to see if they actually got it.
After searching through the Emails for a while they were able to locate my application. I hung up the phone happy that the process had begun. I started checking the NMC website daily to see that the REC had sent the package along to the NMC. Unfortunately this wasn’t going to happen for quite some time. I actually had to end up calling Boston again to see why they were sitting on the application for so long. when I called them again they hadn’t even looked at my application. They said there was only 6 of them there so it took some time. All said and done it took 2 weeks just for my application to get from the REC to the NMC.
Once it finally got to the NMC I thought I was in business and things were going to roll along smoothly. They actually processed my medical credential very quickly. but my MMC got stuck for 2 weeks just waiting to be assigned an Evaluator. Once it got assigned an evaluator I was so excited. I had spent a very long time preparing my application package and was sure that I had not left anything out which might slow the process.
This morning I woke up and checked my status and I got the dreaded awaiting information! I quickly got on the phone to the NMC to figure out what was going on and what I could do to fix it. Apparently they didn’t see any proof of recency for my Tankerman PIC endorsement which they needed inorder to renew the endorsement. I told them that I no longer worked on tankers and therefor had no recency or loads/Discharges so I purposely left it out of the application. Unfortunately telling them isn’t enough so I had to write an E-mail to the Iasknmc.com informing them I did not wish to renew this endorsement. Shouldn’t the fact that I provided no supporting documentation for the renewal of this endorsement be proof enough that I don’t meet the qualifications to renew it?
Now my entire license renewal is on hold until the evaluator gets this message that I don’t wish to renew the tankerman endorsement which has absolutely nothing to do with my present job. I mean seriously just renew the damn license without the endorsement. If this was going to be an issue why wasn’t it caught by the REC. Where does it say on the application that they need written consent to omit a specific endorsement?
I’ll leave you with these questions for discussion.
Why do we need to send the Package to an REC and not just directly to the NMC?
What does the REC even do with the Package and why does it take 2 weeks to do it?
Why does it take so long for the application to be assigned an Evaluator?
Once the Evaluator has been assigned why can’t we communicate with them directly if they need info instead of having to go through a middleman?
I really seems like 90 % of this whole process your application is just waiting around for someone to look at it. I see no reason why it has to take so long.