Getting close enough to start scheming a path to the ever coveted approval to test letter.
My question would concern the last couple of months of scrambling to meet seatime, STCW, and the requirement of nourishment and shelter. As I close in on my goal I will meet my seatime requirement first, then the plan is to take a hitch off and knock out as many of the STCW classes as I can afford. I will definitely not get them all and that leads to my dilemma as I hope to be as “marketable” as possible to jump into a training mates position with my company as soon as possible.
Should I wait until I have the total package complete to submit? I was thinking I would send in my package and while it was making its way thru the nimble and all knowing NMC’s braintrust (my 28 on), I would knockout the last class or two on my next off time (14 off) and have that ready to send in once they sent a letter back stating what I was missing (next 28 on), and then quickly schedule my test date for the following off time (14 off).
I work a 28/14 hitch so any slip ups cost me a lot of time/money. Does anyone know if the package will progress past the REC and on to the NMC PQEB if incomplete? Could it be as simple as they send me a letter stating I am missing a, b, and c; I get off my hitch, knock out a,b,c and email it in to the PQEB and schedule my test for 21 days later?
Ok, then there is the I wanna get a training mate position ASAP question. I read on previous post that GMDSS is required by 2 officers, but a training mate or 3rd wheel would not be required to possess it as long as the 2 watches are covered. If I had to skip a class to continue eating and such, wouldn’t the GMDSS be the prime one vs. ARPA? Even though both are optional, my understanding is that I would not even be allowed to serve as an OICNW on a vessel with ARPA, extra hand, or not.
Working the GOM on supply boats, I’m on a 280 now and it is not so much a factor that I want to stay on the larger boats, but it is a money issue. I have a ton invested and would like to start earning a return as soon as I can. I don’t care if they send me to and old, dinged up 180 to let me learn some boat handling skills, I’m just trying to earn my money back and get some experience, by being able to work on anything and everything they can put me on, not pump up my ego.