[QUOTE=Number360;144966]I have heard from several different people in the OSV industry that new regulation is coming sooner than 2017. That among these changes there will be a Chief Mate OSV. This will allow large OSV operators a ladder to UL Master.
I know C. Captain will say it should be a restricted UL master but maybe it would be. I won’t judge it until I can read it.
Does anyone have any input to share on this? Or can you share if you have heard what other regulations may come down and how you think they will impact the OSV industry.[/QUOTE]
C/M OSV is clearly not UL C/M. Unless you are holding an UL C/M license while you are working aboard the OSV Unicorn in capacity of C/M OSV, it is not a direct path to UL Master. This is not a cock measuring contest, it’s just a logical observation.
We all know what the CFRs say at this point about 2nd in command where there is not a specific C/M on the COI. Dead Horse.
You can not get an UL Master’s license without holding an UL C/M license, which is obviously not a C/M OSV.
The ladder to UL Master is already there over 1600 GRT, it’s called tests and classes, used to just be classes.
Impact on the OSV industry… drive down wages for mates and engineers b/c big licenses will be like Starbucks… one on every corner