So I have just made the mistake that I know I’ve seen on here before…I have an AB, BST, Lifeboatman and 100 ton NC/200 NC mate, but I don’t have RFPNW. I’m down in the Gulf looking for work and realizing that I really don’t have an “AB” as it applies to STCW-95…so what can I do to fix that?
1.Do I try to find an OS job? These seem fairly hard to find so far.
2.If I find and take one of the 2-day RFPNW “Lookout only” classes will this actually help in finding work? (Do I understand this correctly? It seems this class is set-up for this issue. Take the class, which gets you on bigger boats, which gives you the time to get the sign-offs for the full RFPNW complete.)
3.A simulator class, which seems like it is only useful if you actually have a current job and know you can get the rest signed off when you head back to work. Or am I not understanding this?
Thoughts? Suggestions? I’d really like to get over this hurdle and move on and up in my training and licencing.
Thanks in advance.
Also, my MMD reads “any unlic deck including AB” shouldn’t that say AB-special or -limited or something?