[QUOTE=tugsailor;130799]Seems to me that they might as well all have unlimited tonnage licenses and a large crew on the COI. Do the original reasons for the special OSV licenses and status still exist?
Oil companies are requiring larger crews anyway. The large OSV masters are paid more than most unlimited shipmasters. So are the mates.
In the rest of the world any vessel over 3000 I.T.C. Is unlimited tonnage. Reportedly, the Northern Europeans crew and operate their OSVs (including the foreign flag OSVs working in the US Gulf) the same as other similar sized ships.
Why does the US need to do it differently? What is the benefit?[/QUOTE]
sure would be nice to have a proper chief mate and first assistant engineer on that 6000ton 375’ US flagged ship which just happens to be working in the offshore industry. Those fellows sure would like to get credit for the time on their unlimited licenses they might already hold, but what does my opinion matter? OMSA rules the waves in the GoM!
There is no such thing as a large OSV in any IMO regulations so why does the USCG have special vessel classes when they are signatory to all the various IMO conventions? BECAUSE OMSA WANTS THEM…THAT’S WHY!