My question is have the manning requirements changed for tugs on a voyage over 600 miles?
It has been my understanding that a 3 watch system is required on an uninspected tug on voyage over 600 miles in duration.
I have seen an that employer arbritarilly changes the manning on some tug & tows from a 3 watch (4x8) to a 2 watch (6x6) system based soley on their preference, the availability of crews, or expected work load in port (lashing & unlashing cargo by crew vs longshoreman.) It’s very frustrating to be sitting on the beach due to seasonal slowdown & lack of work. I lack of seniority & am watching boats being sent out on runs that are well over 600 miles with a 6x6 crew.
Is it up to interpretation by the companies or is it clearly spelled out in the CFR’s? Can someone refer me to the specific CFR that would help clarify this amiguity for me. Are ther court rulings that have can be cited also? Would appreciate comments & feedback.