Good Day fellow Mariners,
I have a topic which is on the table with a few colleagues. What are the requirements for delivering a tug boat into US waters for drydocking purposes. Let’s say that the tug boat is being delivered from waters outside the USA. Does the captain have to hold a US master’s ticket to enter US waters? What if the captain holds a Unlimited OOW ticket (valid) from the MCA UK? Would this vessel be penalized for incorrect manning requirements? Also the captain holds valid STCW certification and is also a certified ship Pilot.
The tug boat is 100 feet in length and around 300 GRT.
Any insight or information would be greatly appreciated.
Thanks in advance.