Yeah, my company has dropped (for the most part) the 2nd Captain, 3rd Captain, 4th Captan …ad nauseum BS. There’s a bit more clarity with the terms “Lead Captain,” “Relief Captain,” and “Mates.” There always is only one Master obviously, but the old terminology tripped up people whenever the question of “can I speak to the Captain” was asked. Lotta dipshits thinking just because they had the license, then they were the “Captain” the person was looking for.
If you want to hear a perfect example of this idiocy still going on, just listen to the VHF off Louisiana and hear everyone calling each other “Cap’n.”
And yes, even after as many years as I’ve been down here, it still irks the crap out of me when I see or hear that BS.