Newbie here. Requesting assistance from some of you old salts about this table. In trying to identify testing/exam/training requirements for various scenarios, I am having some issues interpreting the regulations and Examination Guide(s).
Basics: Column headers (numbers) refer to the endorsement at the head of the table. Any subject with an “X” is required for the original license. Those with numbers refer to special cases and the footnotes are at the end of the table.
Example: What additional training and examinations would be needed in the case of a Master or Mate Less Than 200 GRT Near Coastal desiring an increase in scope to Oceans?
I would start with Column 4. Am I correct to assume I can ignore those subjects with an “X” (unless for an original license)? If yes, then I would identify subjects with a number in them and those would be items to cover on an exam. In this case, subjects with numbers 1 (Oceans) and 7 (Officer endorsement greater than 100 GRT or more) apply.
Digging deeper, if I were trying to satisfy the “Celestial” portion, would I just include those subjects under Nautical Astronomy & Navigational Definitions, Celestial Observations, and Times of Celestial Phenomenon? Does the NMC consider the Sailings as Celestial?
The exam guides, both 2011 and 2014 versions state an exam covering “Navigational Problems: Oceans.” Depending upon which guide is applicable to the mariner, the test could either be a 5 question or 10 question exam, both with a minimum 80% passing grade.
Also, if going for Oceans, doesn’t STCW come into play? I am thinking NO because the STCW will only apply to those on vessels of 500 GT or more. Is that correct? If the case was an increase in scope for someone on 500 GT or more, would the Master need both Operational and Management level assessments? Mate just the Operational assessments?
How close or far off am I in my interpretation? Why can’t the NMC make this easier and clearer?
Appreciate any insight.