I just got off the phone with my evaluator. I am trying to get OICNW on my 3/M NC AGT. I haven’t completed GMDSS yet and understand that there will be a clause to that effect in my MMC yet I want that OICNW. It has now become a quest . . . the time involved in wading through the process has made this my white whale.
When I was renewing this spring, I couldn’t locate my BRM or ARPA certs and finally settled for RFPNW/PSC on my AB card so at least I was marketable in the GOM. I wrote an INL/GL upgrade in June and found my BRM and ARPA certs soon after. I submitted them for OICNW as instructed by my evaluator. This week I had a pleasant letter from the NMC advising me I needed the following:
STCW assessment for OICNW
STCW training certificate for OICNW
First Aid training
Flashing light cert
Ok, here is my issue; I was told that since I began training before 1998 (I started the academy in '90 and wrote my original in '94), I only needed BST, BRM, ARPA, and GMDSS (for GMDSS vessels) to have OICNW placed on my license. With a 3/M NC AGT I had to pass flashing light to get the original license, first aid was covered in BST, and if I had the license already, didn’t I prove to the USCG that I can navigate, communicate, and manage a watch?
What, if anything, am I missing? Did the rules change again and I missed something? Frustration, confusion, etc abounds in my skull . . .
The saga continues, updates to follow . . .