I currently hold a 1600 Master Oceans with Master of Tow. I am in the process of applying for an upgrade (?) to 3rd Mate Unlimited. My evaluator has informed me I must submit assessments to get STCW endorsement as OICNW . When I first spoke with NMC prior to launching my application… I was informed that as a 1600 Master Oceans, I did not need to submit any assessments. I would also like to add that I am a former Navy Officer (6yrs) during which time I qualified as OOD. I have also read somewhere that time as OOD counts as Mate time. Does this mean that as a qualified OOD, I should also be qualified as OICNW ?
I am aware that if I do not lead my evaluator by the hand to the proper information, I will end up doing things many times over !
I also know it will be more work for me to have the CG accept my Navy OOD qualification as meeting STCW OICNW requirements than it would be to have an associate sign 80 pgs of assessments in 1 day and mail them in. Its the principle of the whole thing.
Thanks for your help.