Anyone else reading this today? Here is highlights I find interesting or start a debate on.
1.The changes replace the ability to obtain an endorsement by submitting proof of service as able seamen, boatswain, quartermaster, or
equivalent position, as appropriate, with proof of service while performing bridge watchkeeping duties under the supervision of the master or another qualified officer.
So you just need to perform bridge duties no serve as AB to qualify for 3rd Mate or Mate 500/1600?
- Beginning March 24, 2014, applicants for master or mate of unlimited tonnage may
obtain service on vessels of 100 GRT or more instead of 200 GRT.
So there will be a lot more applications for 3rd Mate with a huge tonnage limitation.
- Beginning March 24, 2014, service on Great Lakes and inland waters will meet service
requirements for near coastal and oceans endorsements as provided in 46 CFR 10.232
and 11.401. The Coast Guard will apply this recognition of Great Lakes service for up to
100% of the total service required for all deck officer endorsements valid for near coastal
and/or oceans waters notwithstanding any limitations on the total of Great Lakes or
inland service contained in the service requirements for the specific endorsement. 46
You can use Great Lakes time towards oceans endorsment, I sailed many years on the great lakes and was at a disadvantage when I wanted to get my Oceans endorsment, this will help people who were in my shoes a few years ago.
4.STCW DECK ENDORSEMENTS 500GRT
Endorsement has limitation for vessels of 500 GT or More and Less Than 3,000 GT.
Which is the same STCW endorsment associated with a 1600GRT, so to be clear a master 500GRT has the same GT/STCW weight as a 1600GRT after 24, March 2014.
This seem to be pretty big changes.