I am hoping to tap into the large knowledge base on here to see if I can get some clarification on the Large OSV license program.
Background is, I joined an OSV company with my1600/3000 Master Oceans in hand as well as my 3rd Mate Unlimited in hand. Because I had the unlimited 3rd the company placed me on one of their vessels that were over 3000 GT. I sailed as OICNW on this vessel leading a watch. During one hitch I had an approved assesor on board who was a Master 6000 and he went through the book with me and signed me off.
I recently submitted my application to obtain my 6000 Master OSV on the same application as my 2nd Mate unlimited upgrade. Now Coast Guard is saying those 56 days dont count towards my 2nd Mate unlimted, because I was training. I am argueing that I was the OICNW on that vessel, I was licensed for it and I have the log copies to prove it. My 56 days that I was supposedly training have to count towards my 2nd unlimited don’t they?
Any help or regs that pertain to this would help. It is my understanding that the 56 days as Training Captain is only for those 1600/3000 Master licenses who therefore are not licensed to sail above 3000 in any capacity, hence they have to be “Observers”.
Very confusing any help would be appreciated.