Ive recently gone from ships to tugs, ATBs specifically.
I was surprised when I “signed” on my first tour and wasn’t immediately instructed to grab my documents, find my relief and go see the old man to sign on/off.
Im even on a tug that is sailing to Canada regularly, which requires having my STCW OICEW, as I’m an engineer. Being STCW complaint was even a term of employment to be hired. Unsure if that is relevant or not though
I was told by the company that when the time came to upgrade my 3AE to 2AE. I would be able to obtain a letter from our licensing department stating my service time, but based on days I was paid. I should note I get a daily rate too, so even if travel is involved it would go towards seatime according to said letter…as far as the company is concerned.
Ive dug through some of the CFRs but with no luck thus far on info about this.
Do any other offshore tuggers sign articles? How have you done your sea service letters? Has the USCG given you any hassle proving you were on board when you said you were?