If there are other threads discussing this I apologize in advance.
My letter to the Nautical Institute (below) sums up what it is that’s upsettin me. I realize there’s not a snowballs chance in hell my letter will help. I just had to get it off my chest and let them know. What do you guys think? And before ya’ll say it. Yes I’m sucking it up and moving on with my quals under the old scheme. But it at least made me feel better to write the letter…
Dear Sir or Madam
I am writing to request, no beg, you to re-consider one specific extremely un-fair part of the old/new scheme transition. I am referring to the penalty imparted upon operators that have completed Basic DP before December 31, 2014 but not yet attained their Unlimited DP.
Recently our company just came out with an email stating the importance of obtaining the Unlimited DP certification. I took Basic in mid 2014 and have logged approximately 65 dp days to date. I find it extremely un-fair that my someone on the new scheme with less than 15 days logged will obtain their certification well ahead of me.
This is a great in-justice to me (and others in my position). Holding us back while others races past us in terms of accomplishment is just not right. Be it for promotion at our current company or if we had to sit in a recruiting office trying to get hired, the new schemer will be able to boast Unlimited DP on their resume making them a much more desirable candidate.
No offense intended but it appears folks sitting in an office (no matter how much previous sea time you may have) came up with this ruling without due regard to the significant career implications of the operators on the vessels. I was told the reason you had to do this was because you wouldn’t have been able to handle the huge in-flux of applications if you allow everyone meeting the new requirements to upgrade. Whether that is accurate or there is another reason please focus on us human beings striving to do a good job, be competitive at work, get ahead and in some cases just keep their job and please re-consider your decision.