What exactly is the policy concerning Flashing Light?
-I passed a Flashing Light REC exam in Jan 2005 for my 1600 ton Master, under the impression I only had to do this once. I self studied and passed the test in Boston.
-I got a 3rd Mate in October 2008 and no mention was made of Flashing Light, having taken it already.
Now that I’m applying for 2nd Mate Unlimited, i received a letter from the NMC asking for my Flashing Light course. Is this right? Do we need to take a Flashing Light course for [U][I][B]every[/B][/I][/U] upgrade now? The NMC says the course can be taken IN LIEU of testing. I shouldn’t NEED to test, having already tested. So why am I receiving this letter?
Why is it when I submitted my p’work to the Boston REC a couple months ago, no mention was made of this? I was very careful to make sure all my i’s dotted and t’s crossed. Now, WV has my paperwork and they want a flashing Light course? What’s next? Should I begin learning semaphore? Any help appreciated.
The trouble is, I am still with Mercy Ships and stuck in Africa. i can’t just drive down to the nearest maritime school and take a class.