I have a question for anyone who might know the answer. I have worked many years as an unlicensed Engineer, and QMED Oiler. The vessel I work on has two Oilers and a Chief Engineer. I currently have a 3rd Asst. Unlimited/DDE Unlimited plus Any Unlicensed Rating in the Engine Dept. I am trying to get my Chief Engineer Limited Near Coastal however I am hung up on the requirement “One year of this service must have been as a licensed engineer.”. I have several years of experience as an unlicensed engineer while holding a DDE 4000 and some time holding my 3rd/DDE unlimited. Since there is no assistant engineer position for me to serve on this vessel how can I get my Chief’s? DDE won’t work because of tonnage… Must I find another job to gain the experience or is there some other way around this?