I just completed exams at the USCG REC Long Beach, and I gotta say that its a pretty awesome feeling. I’ve been on cloud 9 ever since. Yesterday, my MMC was issued and I now have a 1600 GRT NC mate ticket, along with a OICNW (Officer in Charge of a Navigational Watch) 3000 GT. I’m not really sure what to make of it (I was only expecting to get the 1600 GRT mate)
What does the OICNW 3000GT credential mean? Are they related or are they independent of each other? and what is the difference? I’m assuming that a “mate” by definition includes OICNW duties while underway, but I might be wrong. Thanks[/QUOTE]
Congratulations on passing and getting the endorsements.
Under STCW, “Mate” 2nd Mate, and 3rd Mate are all the “operational level” and the corresponding STCW endorsement is OICNW.
The actual endorsement title is OICNW 500 GT or More, but because your license is for Mate Less Than 1,600 GRT, your OICNW has a limitation to less than 3,000 GRT. This aligns it with the limitations on your license as 1,600 GRT is considered equivalent to 3,000 GT. Prior to March 24, 2014, both the license and the STCW endorsement would have said “Not More Than 1,600 GRT/3,000 GT.”
If you later decide to go for 3rd Mate, you should need sea time only. There would be no additional training and assessments for OICNW, and because the 3rd Mate, 2nd Mate, Mate 500 and Mate 1,600 exams are the same (since Feb. 2002), there is no additional examination to go to 3rd Mate.
Unless you took a “Leadership and Teamworking Skills” course, or completed the assessments for the same, you should have a limitation on your OICNW endorsement that it is not valid after December 31, 2016. To remove that limitation, you will need to take the course or do the assessments.