(a) Documenting sea service. (1) Sea service may be documented in various forms such as certificates of discharge, pilotage service and billing forms, and service letters or other official documents from marine companies signed by the owner, operator, master, or chief engineer of the vessel. The Coast Guard must be satisfied as to the authenticity and acceptability of all evidence of experience or training presented.
(2) Documentary evidence produced by the applicant, unless in the form of a Certificate of Discharge conforming to §14.307 of this subchapter, must contain all of the following information:
(i) Vessel name(s) and official numbers listed on the registration, certificate, or document issued.
(ii) Gross tonnage of the vessel.
(iii) Propulsion power and mode of propulsion of the vessel.
(iv) The amount and nature (e.g. chief mate, assistant engineer, etc.) of the applicant’s experience.
(v) Applicable dates of service for each vessel, and the ports or terminals if applicable.
(vi) The routes upon which the experience was acquired.
(vii) For those seeking to renew a radar observer endorsement, whether the vessel is equipped with radar and if the mariner served in a position that routinely uses radar for navigation and collision avoidance purposes.
(viii) For those seeking service credit on towing vessels in accordance with §11.211(e) of this subchapter, the aggregate tonnage of the tug and barges during the mariner’s service.
(ix) Any other information necessary to determine the applicability of STCW to the vessel.
(x) Whether the vessel is manned and equipped in accordance with SOLAS.
(xi) Where required for an officer endorsement, time served as bridge watchkeeping or engine watchkeeping duties under the supervision of a qualified officer.