I already have my AB, 500T NC Master, and MOTV and on my MMC in the STCW section it says: Proficiency in survival craft and rescue boats other than fast rescue boats - limited (PSC - limited).
and for my National capacity it says: Lifeboatman - Limited to non-lifeboat equipped vessels.
Now here is my question. Does this mean I can not sail as an AB on a vessel with lifeboats? Would I have to sail as an OS? Will this affect me upgrading to a 1600T Oceans license once I take the remainder of the courses I need to apply for it?
I work on tugboats and none of those, save a few ATBs, have rescue boats or actual lifeboats. If I were ever to change direction and get a job on an OSV or a ship of some sort would I need the actual Lifeboatman class to sail as an AB or a mate?
Thanks in advance.