[QUOTE=Greenwater;22913]I just got my credentials renewed all at once, C/E Steam, Diesel and Gas Turbine unlimited in 18 days total. I would say that is pretty good for the NMC. Better than ever! Must have an engineer running the place.
As far as COI’s, which I have been through numerous, liner vessels, tankships, breakout ect. I find by treating the USCG with good management skills and Testing and repairing your equipment ahead of time, and most importantly knowing what you are talking about, makes it pretty stress free. After all it’s only 2 or 3 days a year and if you are on a rotation probably only every other year. People that can’t handle this must be mates, after all it’s hard to learn your ship when you stare out at the sea, lagoon or asphalt then head to your room to watch movies. It’s not my first trip.[/QUOTE]
I’m not about to get into a pissing match between deck and engine. I’ve never done that aboard ship, so I’m not about to start now. If that’s your gig, fine. But it never makes for an enjoyable work environment to create dissent among the crew. But I assure you no engineer is running the place. Because I’ve yet to encounter any commercial maritime personnel working at NMC. They may be in there somewhere, but I don’t know what their job would be.
I commend them on your 18 day renewal. I really do. But it took them longer than that to print mine. And it was so poorly printed that the NMC is currently printing and issuing a new one for me.
I really don’t see anything anyone wrote about not handling things. It’s about being disgusted with the performance and attitude of a government agency. No one mentioned a thing about being prepared or unprepared for COI’s, so I’m wondering what you’re reading into this. Or are you just trying to cause more dissent? If you think all Mates do is stare out the window, that’s your opinion. Same as all Mates might think all engineers just drink coffee and nap in the control room.
What’s at stake here, and only in my opinion, is that as American citizens and highly regulated and certificated professional mariners, it might be better for us to be treated as such by the agency that oversees and regulates us. On the whole, most individual Coast Guard personnel are friendly and seem like upstanding individuals. Rather, it seems that it is the top brass and overall culture of “us vs. them” that creates the problems. But there is little us commercial mariners can do to change this. It must come from the regulators first. I, for one, would love to believe in the Coast Guard, and work with them, rather than in toleration of them.