Obtaining Sea Time from Former Elmployer

I would like help with something. I am trying to obtain sea time from a former employer of mine and they are dragging their feet.
Normally this has not been a problem. But is there any law that they must provide this for former employees? I looked in the CFR’s but could not find anything.

Any advice/reference would be appreciated.

[B][U]IMHO[/U][/B]…don’t know if this will help??after sending a registered letter requesting my time letter had a similar problem with a company “pre NMC”…at that time my local REC made a “persuasive” phone call and resolved the issue…imagine this problem occurs fairly often and the new and improved NMC should have criteria in place for resolving this issue??BEST LUCK!!

Had the same problem with a previous employer. I asked NMC what my options were, and they said I should talk to a lawyer. But the situation was resolved when I stopped by their office, and they were very willing issue me a letter.

There was a similar thread posted here some time ago that gave some interesting options. You might try a search for it.

I have found my previous companies(GOD, are there alot of them!!) were happy to issue me a service letter as long as I did the leg work. They were generally too busy to check their records, hence making the process seem problematic. So assumming you kept personal records you can write your own, send it to them and let them put it on letterhead and sign it. Works for me every time, though I never burn a bridge(Well, maybe the condemned ones). Good Luck

I believe it is a Jones Act requirement not in the CFR’s.

If the seatime is on a vessel less than 200gt. you can use a small vessel sea service form, from Uscg.mil website. Then fill it out yourself, and just have someone from the company sign it. That has worked for me in the past. Other than that, an official looking letter sent to the company will sometimes work.

[B][U]IMHO[/U][/B]…another alternative might be to carry your own certificate of discharge book, fill it out and have the master sign it…I carry one in my briefcase…the discharge books and mailing are free off the NMC site!!

http://www.uscg.mil/nmc/cd.asp

[QUOTE=seadawg;47324][B][U]IMHO[/U][/B]…another alternative might be to carry your own certificate of discharge book, fill it out and have the master sign it…I carry one in my briefcase…the dicharge books and mailing are free off the NMC site!!

http://www.uscg.mil/nmc/cd.asp[/QUOTE]

I found this free program that runs in Excel the other day. http://www.promarsoftware.com/products/excel.asp C718-A form all the way at the bottom. Seems really easy to use so far.

[QUOTE=GLMASailor;47325]I found this free program that runs in Excel the other day. http://www.promarsoftware.com/products/excel.asp C718-A form all the way at the bottom. Seems really easy to use so far.[/QUOTE]

I had a Captain give me one of those for my last discharge. He said he’s been using it for a little while now - the excel program was pretty neat, and the discharge looks just like one from the USCG. Promar sells special paper for it.

[QUOTE=New3M;47327]. Promar sells special paper for it.[/QUOTE]

I just talked to them a couple of days ago. won’t be until mid March before they have more paper in stock.

Im in the process of upgrading from 3m agt to 2m agt and renewing at the same time. I got a letter from the CG today asking for proof of “participation in 2 transfers or complete an approved course…” so i dont loose my tankerman DL and also proof of “satisfactory evidence of completing a practical demonstration of maneuvering and handling a towing vessel signed by an approved DE, OR submit proof of ongoing participation in training and drills during the validity of the license…” so i dont loose my Mate of towing endorsement.

I have e-mailed my prior employer and received this email in response “However, we only issue a standard service letter for former employees. It will not include the paragraph regarding drills and training nor the evidence of transfers. Unfortunately, we only provide that for current employees.”

How else can I prove transfers and training ? a better question is why cant they write this in a sea service letter ??

Maybe they don’t maintain the training and service records or the records are archived where they would be burdonsome to access…or it could be that the employer is a Dick!

[QUOTE=Tugboattim;47759]Im in the process of upgrading from 3m agt to 2m agt and renewing at the same time. I got a letter from the CG today asking for proof of “participation in 2 transfers or complete an approved course…” so i dont loose my tankerman DL and also proof of “satisfactory evidence of completing a practical demonstration of maneuvering and handling a towing vessel signed by an approved DE, OR submit proof of ongoing participation in training and drills during the validity of the license…” so i dont loose my Mate of towing endorsement.

I have e-mailed my prior employer and received this email in response “However, we only issue a standard service letter for former employees. It will not include the paragraph regarding drills and training nor the evidence of transfers. Unfortunately, we only provide that for current employees.”

How else can I prove transfers and training ? a better question is why cant they write this in a sea service letter ??[/QUOTE]

[QUOTE=seadawg;47324][B][U]IMHO[/U][/B]…another alternative might be to carry your own certificate of discharge book, fill it out and have the master sign it…I carry one in my briefcase…the discharge books and mailing are free off the NMC site!!

http://www.uscg.mil/nmc/cd.asp[/QUOTE]

I did this last week and sure enough, 2 books of discharges showed up at my doorstep the other day. Not really sure what to do with them though…

My just arrived, too. Instructions say to fill out with a typewriter or indelible pencil.

Typewriters are pretty well obsolete. Just need to figure out what an indelible pencil is.