I applied for an upgrade to third mate (with a tonnage restriction) and got a surprise letter from the NMC.
All of my sea time after getting my first license has been as a “mate or master while holding a license”. I went through the “new system” and got my 1600-ton mate license. Then I upgraded to 1600-ton master license. I have been working as a third officer and second officer on a foreign-flagged 2500 ITC ton vessel for 540+ days since getting my 1600-ton mate license.
Now I am being told by NMC that I cannot upgrade to third mate because I do not have 180 days as an AB, Boatswain or quartermaster while holding an AB endorsement. All of my sea-time after getting my AB endorsement was as a deck officer.
Am I missing something here?
Thanks in advance.
p.s I started out with 100-ton master license and then 20–ton mate before going to 1600-ton mate. I got my AB in 2005 and have sailed 1,080+ days on vessels larger that 200 tons while holding and AB. However my time on deck, while holding an AB, has been as a deck officer.