[QUOTE=cappy208;108339]nevermind what the old certificates say, what is on the inside of your red book? (MMC)2nd or third page. They changed the way this was all administered and written. What is in your MMC is what is important now.
It isn’t popular, but STCW only applies to vessels OVER 100 tons in internatinal voyages. Your 50 and 100 ton notations actually mean nothing today. When they were written (1999 and 2002) they hadn’t come up with a logical way of dealing with this tonnage issue. Later, around the time they started phasing out the STCW letters, Zcard and replaced the licenses with the red MMC they just stopped putting any STCW codes on peoples licenses who didn’t meet the heightened requirements. You had to have worked on a vessel OVER 200 tons, and completed the assessments. It’s no big deal, about 26 individual items to have checked off as you demonstrate them to a licensed person (1600 GT or over, on a vessel over 200 GT)
The rub here is, vessels UNDER 100 GT don’t need STCW anywhere, at any time. BUT, to move up to larger vessels you need time on vessels OVER 200 tons. I have heard of a couple guys who ‘got’ the STCW V codes on a MMC and never worked on vessels over 100 GT. But, accotding to the regs its not supposed to happen.
If you carefully read your original STCW pages it tells you that they are only good on vessels UNDER 100 tons, on domestic voyages. When the reality is… NO STCW is required under 100 tons anywhere! So it was a bogus ‘endorsement’ that they eventually figured out and stopped issuing.
Although I have looked up this info, and am reciting some from memory, I may have messed up a few details, but generally, this is the latest and best info about this.
In your case, you will need to complete the RFPNW assessments, and then submit that to the CG to get the RFPNW on your red book. The qualificaitons you originally met had changed, and unless you were working in the industry prior, and had met all, and had it on your STCW, it wouldn’t have applied to you.
Have you called NMC to talk about this? Maybe hire a license consultant.[/QUOTE]
I am not sure this is authority to support saying that STCW doesn’t apply to vessels under 100 GRT. I’m not referring to whether the Coast Guard would impose any additional requirements to be endorsed for STCW for a vessel under 100 GRT, for certain vessels, we don’t - see 46 CFR 11.202(f). Rather, I’m talking about whether it says anywhere in STCW that it doesn’t apply to sea-going vessels under 100 GRT? It’s not listed among the exceptions in Article III (Applicability) of the STCW Convention. Also, in NVIC 6-00 we noted STCW certifications are needed for vessels “of any tonnage on international voyages.”
As far as the “bogus” endorsement we stopped issuing, in our recent proposed rulemaking (SNPRM) to implement the STCW we proposed STCW endorsements for OICNW and master for less than 200 GRT. What we stopped doing was putting language on the old form of license that the holder meets STCW without further obligation.