I have an raise-of-grade application in to NMC right now for 2AE unlimited HP and STCW III/2 Second Engineering Officer. The evaluator called me today and they approved my 2AE unlimited HP. Great!
However, they would not approve the STCW III/2 Second Engineering Officer and seemed much perplexed by the stated requirements for this endorsement. The evaluator kept stating that because I don’t have national 1AE, I do not qualify. However Table 46 CFR 11.327(d) clearly states: “Seafarers with one of the following national officer endorsements are eligible to apply for this endorsement upon completion of the requirements in the following table: National Second Assistant Engineer - no sea time required”.
I don’t see how this can be more cut and dry? I meet all of the other requirements as far as classes, sign-offs, etc. Does anyone have any experience with this or perhaps Mr. Cavo can shed some light?
I submitted a reconsideration request at the recommendation of the evaluator but this could take many weeks to resolve and I would like to prepare my appeal paperwork in the meantime just in case.