[QUOTE=windofheaven;44980]Thank you. I have reviewed this form as well as many others. Yet I’ve also been told that I would need to take a 200-Ton course as well and pass the corresponding exam. This form doesn’t list such proof of documentation, but I still have doubts. If you have time to elaborate, that would be grand. Again, thanks.[/QUOTE]
I believe you are looking for any differences in examination? Maybe this will help: http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/cfr_2010/octqtr/pdf/46cfr11.910.pdf. Code 17 is specified as, “Master or mate, Great Lakes/inland, 200 gross tons (includes master, Great Lakes/inland, 100 gross tons).” Meaning that the examination requirements for a 100-Ton Master Inland and 200-Ton Mate Inland would be exactly the same.
I guess a little clarification on EXACTLY what license you are hoping to attain would be helpful. Specifically, Tonnage and Route. I understand the 100-Ton Inland Master. From the sea time, as stated, you would qualify for the 200-Ton [U]Inland[/U] Mate, but Near-Coastal would be sketchy at best. Furthermore, the exact tonnage of the vessels is important for your sea time. “Around 100 tons” isn’t specific enough and there aren’t many vessels that are exactly 200 tons, 199 does not count as a 200 ton vessel.
You’re on the right track though. Don’t necessarily listen to everything you are told, go by what you can verify. As confusing as they may be, the answers are there in the CFR’s, Policy Letters, and NVIC’s. You just have to dig and find them.
[QUOTE=captkris;44981]The 200 ton is almost worthless! If you dont need it right now skip the 200 and go to the 500.I went to the 200 and took the class then never even turned it in I went and got my 500 because there is not a whole lot of boats that require a 200. [/QUOTE]
Keep in mind, the portion of the industry you have experience with may not be the same elsewhere. I work in New York Harbor and the NE. For the 70 some odd vessels the company owns, only 3 are in excess of 200 GRT, so a 200-Ton license covers 95% of them. That does not, however, address the ever increasing insurance requirements. While a 200-Ton license may cover it, they get a huge premium break for having personnel with 1,600-Ton operating them. I am not familiar with the differences between a 200-Ton and 500-Ton [U]Inland[/U] license. The difference for a Near Coastal or Oceans license is HUGE due to STCW requirements. Not to mention the fact that the Coast Guard will be phasing out the 500-Ton license in the near future. While they will renew an existing 500-Ton license, they will not be issuing new ones. You will get either a 200-Ton or a 1,600-Ton.