Hello, this is my first post…
I have been thinking about joining the towing industry after working on unlimited vessels for the past six years. I just got my Chief Mate’s license and 1600 GT Master.
My question: If I work on towing vessels under 100 GT, and it comes time to renew my MMC, will I be able to renew my C/M Unlimited and 1600 Master?
I reviewed the renewal checklist and associated CFR (46 CFR 10.227), and it doesn’t mention tonnage requirements for renewal. It just says “present evidence of at least one year of sea service during the past five years.”
So, I contacted the NMC for clarification, and this is what they said:
[I]“In order for your time to be accepted towards renewal you must be working within the scope of your current credential. Time gained while working outside of this may not be accepted.”
[/I][I][B]May [/B][/I]not be accepted??
Does anyone have any experience with this or know someone who has?