Looking to renew an out-of-grace license from OUTV to the new Master of Towing Vessels - Western Rivers. Told by the NMC today that although I can retest the written portion of my License, I will be required to be examined by a “Towing Officer Assessment Report (TOAR)” that could take months. Even tho I safely operated heavy tows for 15 years on the Lower Miss.
The catch is, I can’t legally operate a towboat to be examined for the Assessment Report without a License, but I can’t get that License without an Assessment Report. This straight from the NMC’s representative.
Any suggestions? Can an appeal be lodged successfully with the NMC? Does anone have firsthand appeal knowledge?
Thanks in advance for your help