I received my new credential with 1600/3000 ton Master and Chief Mate Unlimited. On page 4 it states that I have been duly qualified in accordance with the provisions of regulations:
VI/5 (Security Officer)
VI/4 (Medical PIC)
However, it does not include a reference to
VI/1 (Basic Safety)
VI/2 (Survival Craft)
VI/3 (Advanced Firefighting)
I work on foreign-flagged ships and the lack of a specific listing of the last three regulations has been a real problem. Other countries are issuing certificates for these regulations. I was almost denied a license endorsement from Malta because these three regulations were not listed, and I have also had to argue the issue with at least two port state control officers (Italy & Turkey).
Has anyone else run into similar difficulties?
The USCG say that having the underlying license IMPLIES that I am qualified under these three regulations and that it is their policy not to specifically list them on the credential, but how are foreign entities supposed to be familiar with USCG policy? Why not just list them specifically?