Hoping someone out there might be able to expand on this. I have heard from several sources now about changes in the pipeline to the upper level licensing progression. I’m posting two links below. One to an article in the November/December Masters Mates and Pilots magazine (page 3), and one to the regs page discussing some (though not all) of the proposed changes. Here is an exerpt from the article for those who may be mobile and unable to bring it up:
“The Coast Guard proposes, for example, that a 1600 GRT master could have the tonnage limitation removed to an unlimited ocean
master’s license after six months of service on his limited license. Assessments could be signed off on by any mariner with a license
higher than the mariner being assessed, a situation that could clearly raise the risk of fraudulent assessments, undermining the integrity
of the licensing system.
The Coast Guard also proposes that a third mate could qualify for unlimited ocean master with 36 months’ sea service, without any
time as chief mate.”
I’ve been looking for more information about this for some time, and for what seems to be a fairly public process, I’m hearing very little. Any insight is appreciated.