First off, I would like to thank everyone who has read my post and taken the time to offer help to me as I have gone through the licensing process. This is an awesome bunch of people hanging out here. These last three months of taking courses and working through things with NMC have resulted in my AB Unlimited being reinstated after 15 plus years. Thank you all for your advice and support. If I could buy you a beer I would!
As I get ready to head out to parts unknown. I am still struggling with the bigger picture. My ultimate goal is in due time, obtain a Captain/Mates license.
The problem I am facing is. NMC, nor the REC center down in NOLA can find copies of the two sea time letters turned in when applying for my AB Unlimited back in 1986. The letters reflected over 1080 days working on vessels of 300GT or better in the GOM oilfields. The boat companies down in Louisiana are both long gone.
I need some help understanding the reasoning as to why [U]I can[/U] get credit for sea time for the [U]renewal[/U] of my AB Unlimited, but the same consideration or at least some [U]consideration will not be given[/U] when seeking a [U]new issue[/U] Captains/Mate license?
So far I have been told by NMC phone operators that it is because of discrepancies and fraud originating out of the REC’s that has created this requirement for new licenses and for the creation of the NMC for that matter? I don’t see any previous post on this issue in the gcaptain forums.
Any one having a more detailed understanding of NMC policy or can point me to the right CFR to read for myself would be very much appreciated.
Also anyone understanding the appeals process or having been through it. Your experience or guidance would be much appreciated as well. I know that to appeal you first need to file an application. I am not ready to do that but am trying to formulate a plan so that when I get my 90 days recent sea time requirement together, I can move correctly and properly.
There has got to be more than a few of us who have been in this spot with the lost files from Hurricane Katrina or whatever happened to them?
The thought of having to work for 4-6 years to get enough sea time to obtain a captain/mate license is very discouraging at fifty years of age. A couple of years are understood due to lack of recent experience, but to get zero consideration for time served is like being hosed in the face by a fire hose. The NMC has to have some way of cleaning things up with out just totally disregarding a man’s life work and experience. I didn’t do anything wrong or commit any fraud. I am just a man trying to get a fair shake from the men and women who serve our great country of which I am a citizen!