First, I posted about the new requirements for fishing vessels needing two licensed engineers starting in 2015. There has been talk about the CG coming up with a different entry level license for the fishing vessels in order to accommodate the shortage of engineers. I cant seem to find anything on what they are looking at for an entry level license. Has anyone come across information about what they are considering?
Also, will any existing MMC other than assistant engineer / chief engineer fishing vessel or AE / CE limited cover the second spot ( QMEDs? ) ?
We are talking about 360 days to fill the gaps and there is very little information to be had about how someone will be able to stay in compliance.
Second, someone had mentioned the commercial fishing vessels under 200 tons to also require some type of licensing after Oct. 2015. What kind of coverage are we looking at there? Vessel from 200 tons all the way down to the 58 footers… and beyond?