Awesome, I hope potential employers have as many questions as you guys! With a resume or an application you’ve got something like 15 to 20 seconds to catch their eye?
Thank you everyone!
Could it be as simple as that is the way I submitted my application? I know if I had only submitted for the Third Mate it would have been limited to 1000 GRT based on my interpretation of the CFR’s and discussion with the evaluator, because that’s what she told me the limitation was going to be. I think they looked at the 1600 Ton Mate and thought it was silly to have the limitation on the Third Mate be below 1600.
No upgrade, this is my first license.
The training program I went through was designed for Tugboat personnel to obtain a 500/1600 Ton Near Coastal License with a towing endorsement. Because the Tugboat I have worked on for the last 4 years is over 200 GRT my sea service meets the MINIMUM requirement for a Third Mate license. Since I did not have any significant time on a vessel over 1600 GRT, a tonnage limitation was imposed based on 46 CFR 10.402(b). They calculate the tonnage and round up to the nearest 1000.
I went for the Third Mate because you always go for the most you can get right? My interpretation of the CFR’s may not be correct, but it seemed to me that getting the tonnage restriction removed later, if necessary, would be easier than upgrading an existing 1600 Ton license.
To avoid any confusion, here’s how it reads: