[QUOTE=dncartersweatte1993;155404]“Those assessments need to be on a vessel bigger than 200 gt.”
I thought they changed it to 100 tons? I might be wrong though. The way I’m looking at the checklist on the NMC site, all you need for tonnage is 360 days over 50tons for 500t mate. And 360 days over 100t for 1600t mate.[/QUOTE]
Partially right,and for the wrong reason. And you’re mixing up a several different things. The minimum tonnage for service for an unlimited license was changed from 200 GRT to 100 GRT.
For assessments for STCW endorsement as OICNW. there generally is no tonnage requirement, the vessel needs to be capable of performing the assessment. Also, the assessor has to have at least one year of experience as the OICNW on a vessel over 200 GRT/500 GT. A vessel under that tonnage may not have anyone on board who meets that criteria.
If you go for the STCW endorsement for OICNW, there are other things you’ll need besides assessments. You will need a valid radar observer endorsement, and the following courses:
Basic Safety Training
Proficiency in Survival Craft
Advanced Fire Fighting
Bridge Resource Management
GMDSS (to work on a vessel with GMDSS)
ARPA (to work on a vessel with ARPA).
There will be a lot more required courses after December 31, 2016. If you are considering an endorsement as OICNW, you should do it sooner rather than later.