I am in the process of renewing and upgrading my first issue 50 ton Master to 100 ton Master. I will also be applying for my MMD and hope to obtain some level of AB rating. I have already applied for my TWIC card, and just waiting for it to be ready.
I am hoping the vessel I worked on will allow me to qualify for an AB Special OSV at a minimum (based on an inspected vessel of 64’9" length, over 800 days served as a mate with a gross tonnage of 66 tons, all recent experience)
I will be taking the STCW Basic Saftey Course and the Liftboat / Survival Craft proficiencies next month at Young Memorial in Morgan City.
They offer a 46 hour AB course also, will taking this class have any affect on me qualifying for my AB rating? Based on my sea time above will I be issued any sort of AB rating? I read in the regulations about a vessel length of 65’ of which I am 3 inches under.
Thank you in advance for any advise you could offer.