I presently hold a Master 200/ 500 ITC Mechanical / Sail Near Coastal
The last renewal, (07/26/2010) I submitted over 720 days sea service on 160-190 ton towing vessels on which I served as mate (training/ deck mate). NMC contends time is not valid due to “out of scope of license”
I was grandfathered a Master of Towing of not more than 100 tons, near coastal endorsement for addition to my license on 02/06/2007 (at that time, 100 ton experience was submitted for documentation to allow grandfather clause) and was told submit 720 days of towing experience, and limitation will be removed. (No mention of tonnage)
When I submitted the request for the Master of Towing, I also applied for Apprentice Mate (Steersman) and the REC Examiner told me he felt it would be redundant to receive the Apprentice Mate (Steersman) endorsement on top of the Master of Towing endorsement, so thru some oversight and or bad advice on his part, I did not receive the Apprentice Mate (Steersman) endorsement. Had I received this endorsement, this issue of scope would not be pertinent. Also, if you follow the flow chart in NVIC 4-01, at the time the grandfather clause was granted, having passed the towing exam for the Apprentice mate (Steersman), the 100 ton limitation should not have been on the endorsement from the beginning. (see Enclosure (1) to NVIC 4-01(2)
Between the time I completed the Apprentice Mate (Steersman) certification (07/30/2006) and while waiting to hear the decision as to whether the Master of Towing was going to be granted, I started working to get a TOAR completed, which I have since submitted.
Any hints on how to deal with this? They have re-newed the original credential, (Master 200/500) but the lady at the NMC suggested I request a “reconsideration” for the raise in tonnage on the Towing Endorsement.