I currently hold a chief limited 4000hp Near coastal, DDE unlimited, and OSV 3000t/ unlimited HP license. Per the new stcw, there will no longer be a geographical boundary ( NC vs oceans ) on chief limited. Its just that; Chief limited 4000 hp ( for example ). The STCW rule says that with the elimination of the boundary rule, a person currently holding the chief limited can remove the restriction with no further service or exam required.
Also, I read a “rumor” on Gcaptain that stated the tonnage restrictions on OSV licenses were also eliminated. I do not recall seeing that in the STCW rule posted Dec. 24, 2013. However, the NMC website checklist for Chief OSV no longer differentiates between 3000 / 6000 ton etc. Just “National Chief OSV”.
NMC has told me to remove the restrictions that I want, the only method is to earn a Chief unlimited license, sent me a checklist and application package, and that’s that. Has anyone tried to remove any of the restrictions yet, and what paperwork do you have to submit? Even if the rules state the restrictions are gone, that doesn’t do someone any good if they are still printed on your license, from a human resources / compliance officers point of view. Thanks.