I submitted an application for Third Mate Unlimited July of last year. After almost eight months, the USCG evaluator was unable to grant me approval for testing due to a problem with my sea time. I am 187 days shy of the required 1080. Unfortunately not all of my sea time is on vessels over 200GT. I have plenty of sea service on vessels of 198GT and 199GT. Obviously I’m 2 tons below the 200GT minimum. I’m in the process of writing a Reconsideration Letter to the Coast Guard. Is there anyone that has experience with this type of situation? Any information will help. I’m unclear on a format or what exactly to include in the letter. I have completed all of the required OICNW classes and assessments. They have been evaluated and accepted by the USCG. According to CFR pers 46 - 11.402(b) There is a tonnage limitation calculation of 150% of the maximum tonnage on which at least 50% of the service was obtained. “When the calculated limitation equals or exceeds 10,000 gross tons, the applicant is issued an unlimited tonnage endorsement”. My tonnage equals 14,400 gross tons. Any advice on how to proceed with this?