I’ve worked for several years on a large research vessel. My employer will not issue a sea time letter for me. I work as a marine technician so my role is split between scientific duties and regular deck work. My actual workload is probably 50/50 between these 2 different types of roles. My employer said that since I am in the science department I cannot accrue sea time.
While I do work in a scientific capacity some of the time, I also do all of the following: handle mooring lines every single time we dock or embark, operate hydraulic deck
capstans and tend lines while going through locks, operate deck winches and heavy lift A-Frames, operate all deck cranes, assist with grounding gear, handling physical rigging and deployment of anything that goes over the side, rigging and maintenance of all lifting sheaves aloft.
Addionally, I am of course on the station bill and have clearly defined roles in all emergency situations. I am a trained medical responder and I also pilot the rescue boat in all MOB situations. I am part of the random drug testing consortium as well.
Perhaps I am wrong, but I feel that I should be able to get a sea time letter for this. The head honcho is coming for a visit next week and I plan to bring this up but I want to sound like I’m serious and know what I’m talking about so I’m looking for advice. They may be correct in that my position falls into a maritime gray area (I don’t know) but most of what I do on the daily involves traditional deck work.
Sorry for for the long post, I’m just stressed out about this. If anyone has any info to share or advised course of action, I’d be hugely appreciative. Anything specifically stated in CFR or official literature would be awesome too. Heck, I know bartenders that have earned sea time…