OICNW applies to Mates, I have heard it explained that the time needed for the Masters ( sea time as Master or Mate ) satisfies the operational experience for lower level licenses.
I was recently emailed the same checklist that has been posted, from the NMC, when I called looking for the list. It doesn’t list OICNW like the Mates checklist does. My take on the issue is that to get the 500/1600 Masters you have to have time as a Master/Mate on over 50/100 GRT vessels. This gives you the experience, that someone getting a 500/1600 Mates ticket would not necessarily have, such as an AB going up to Mate.
It looks to me like the “up the hawsepipe” loophole for the 100GRT and 200GRT Masters/Mates to take. Instead of going straight to the 500/1600 ton levels from AB, we have chosen to work on the smaller tonnage vessels to gain the experience.
I will have more info about the validity of my theory, as soon as I either get my “approval to test” letter…or my Letter stating I need more training.
So Skinny, how is the process coming along? You still on the same vessel we talked about before? Good luck w/the upgrade, we are in the same boat here racing the clock (w/o really knowing how much time we have left!).