I am currently third mate on a foreign-flagged passenger vessel. I sail under a 3000 ITC ton license and am looking to upgrade to a restricted unlimited license.
My work day requires 0800 -1200 watch; 1300 - 1600 safety equipment related issues; and, 2000 - 2400 watch. Officially an eleven-hour day. I also relieve the chief mate for dinner, show up well before my scheduled watch, schedule all drills and have the usual deal with a lot of 0700 pilot stations etc… My days are easily 12 hours. All of my safety inspections are quantified time-wise on on a software program know as TITAN.
In the past officers on my boat got credit from the Coast Guard for 12-hour days on this schedule. But that was before NMC.
Has anybody had recent experience with NMC about 12-hour days? I don’t need 12-hour days as watch keeper for the “three years of service” requirement. I just want to get credit for 12 hour hawsepipe days. Any advice?
Here is the relevant portion of the CFR:
Sec. 10.407 Service requirements for third mate of ocean or near coastal steam or motor vessels of any gross tons.
(a) The minimum service or training required to qualify an applicant
for license as third mate of ocean or near coastal steam or motor
vessels of any gross tons is:
(1) [B]Three years of service in the deck department on ocean steam or
motor vessels[/B], six months of which shall have been as able seaman,
boatswain, or quartermaster, while holding a certificate as able seaman.
Experience gained in the engine department on vessels of appropriate
tonnage may be creditable for up to three months of the service
requirements for this license; or,…