Struggling through the muck of the 2010 STCW Manilla Amendment and trying to see how they correspond to the new “National” license. Ultimately I want to apply for the CM AGT upon Oceans, but first I am trying to understand exactly why we need a “National” license scheme? Once you cross the demarcation line you are subject to STCW conventions as I understand it so what does the “National” license do that the STCW doesn’t? Seems we only need an inland and STCW. Anyway, on to the task at hand.
Any thoughts on whether it is best to apply under the old system? I already hold a 2nd Mate AGT Oceans as well as 6000 OSV on my Master 1600/3000 Oceans. I have the required 360 days over 3000 ITC to upgrade. What I read for the National ticket is that any tonnage will be listed as GRT only… I am not on a boat that has GRT tonnage listed, so that will be quite useless to have. The STCW ticket seems to be accepted world wide so why do I even need the National rubber stamp, can I not just upgrade the STCW ticket and let that be that? As long as I am just applying for the STCW CM AGT Oceans does it even matter what system I apply under?
I thought I had a bit of an understanding on these amendments, but the more I read the NVICs and CFRs, the more confused I become. I am open to discussion if no one has the exact answer, however, I am hoping to limit that discussion to the Chief Mate upgrade.