I was planning to get a national AB rating this coming fall, but now, looking at the possible changes come Jan 1st 2017, it might not hold much value anymore, as I would like to sail on international routes.
Am I correct in this assumption? As far as I read, international voyages, even if they may be US west coast - Hawaii, are where STCW applies, therefore a national rating might be moot.
Looking at STCW AB programs with RFPNW. There are a ton of assessment courses out there, but I am wondering if there are actually any programs where the school might have a contract with vessels to accrue the neccessary sea service on. Mr Cavo had mentioned something like that in one of the threads I found on here from a while ago.
There is a school close to where I am, Maritime Training School in San Diego, they offer AB Seafarer Deck program, but they don’t give a crap about where one gets the sea service. I guess that’s not a problem if one already works on unlimited tonnage (or at least above 500GT) vessels…