Here appears to be a perfect catch 22…you need an assessor to sign off your book who holds a license equal or greater that 3rd mate but that does not include another 1600/3000grt master unless he too holds a 3rd (or higher) mate’s license. If you are the master of your vessel and you have a mate with a 3rd unlimited license can he assess you? In essence a mate verifying the competency of the master!
Also do assessments need to be made which serving in a watchstanding capacity or can a person be aboard as an observer or at least signed on as a person in addition to the crew?
Lastly, is there a tonnage limit to the vessel on which the assessments are made? Must the vessel be inspected? If it not be required to be inspected, is it acceptable as long as it has aboard a gyro and an ARPA.
Any thoughts or direct knowledge on this?