Of course I sailed on that particular tug in 1991 under a prior owner (which has been out of business for 10 years) when it was only 199 gross register tons, and before STCW or I.T.C. tonnage for US vessels. As an uninspected tugboat, It did not have a COI to specify the manning requirements, and no ITC manning requirements were yet in effect back then. I did make an extended foreign voyage on that vessel, so there was nothing “domestic” about its service.
I certainly agree that everyone ought to take BST.
Doesn’t everyone need BST now in order to go beyond inland waters? The inside guys may not have it, but all of the outside guys must have it, or they couldn’t go outside?
I thought I’d heard guys saying on gcaptain a few months ago that the USCG sometimes wouldn’t put I.T.C. tonnage on their licenses? But if they gave an explanation of why, I didn’t understand it.