I’m trying to upgrade my license from 3rd AGT to 2nd AGT. I’ve been doing research in the CFRs and can’t really find any concrete information about if ITBs qualify as unlimited tonnage vessels. The only thing I’ve found is:
46 CFR 10.211
"(d) Service on a Dual Mode Integrated Tug Barge (ITB) unit is
creditable for original or raise of grade of any deck licenses. Service
on a Dual Mode ITB with an aggregate tonnage of over 1600 gross tons is
creditable on a two-for-one basis (two days experience equals one day of
creditable service) for up to 50 percent of the total service on vessels
over 1600 gross tons required for an unlimited license. The remaining
required service on vessels of over 1600 gross tons must be obtained on
conventional vessels or Push Mode ITBs."
What about ITBs that are not “dual mode”? The ITB that I work only comes out of the notch for inspections during yard periods. Otherwise, it never comes out. The combined gross tonnage for the tug and barge is 9336 tons. The tonnage for the tug is only 1218 gross tons. Should I get unlimited tonnage time for the time I spent on this? If not all of it, do I at least get 90 days toward my unlimited tonnage time?
Any insight or information about the matter would be greatly appreciated.