I was just reading the new article on the blog about the end of the case against the company for pollution. But there was something interesting in there that I’ve never heard of - I don’t know if Mike is the one who wrote this article - it sounds more like it came from a newspaper, but here’s what made me curious:
[B]“Coast Guard regulations require that a watch officer must have observed or stood watch from the wheelhouse on the route he’s working at least four times, one of those at night, before he is qualified to be in charge of the watch.”[/B]
Is this legit? I’ve never heard of this, and every new 3M knows that that first watch is a bear because it’s the first one where you’re really on your own. I haven’t heard of anybody being “observed” for their first 4 watches - sometimes I hear that the Captain stays on the bridge for an hour or two to see how the new guy handles it, but never for the first 4 watches.