Just when you think you have it all figured out… wham-o, a kick in the balls from our friends at the NMC.
Ok, here is the deal. Been working on classes and assessments for the Mate OICNW which most of the classes include the assessments as part of the course. The remaining assessments I have been getting done shipboard by 1600/3000 oceans masters.
Stay with me now… one of those very same masters applied for his 3rd mate and submitted the assessment package and 2 pages of that assessment pkg was signed by another master on this vessel. And if just to make it the more interesting I have some of my assessments signed by both of the above.
Now the master that applied for the 3rd recieved a letter stating;
[B]STCW [/B][B]Assessment(s) [/B]- [B]Also, [I]the[/I][/B][B]policy letter [/B][B]states that [/B][B]the assessments [/B][B]must be [/B][B]signed [/B][B]by a management [/B][B]level [/B][B]master, [/B][B]chief [/B][B]mate [/B][B]or [/B][B]2nd [/B][B]mate [/B][B]with a corresponding STCW. [/B][B]We [/B][B]could not accept [/B][B]the [/B][B]assessments signed by xxxxx [/B][B]or [/B]xxxxx because [B]they do [/B][B]not hold management [/B][B]level [/B][B]licenses.[/B]
[B]So my questions are[/B]
[B]1. Since these are all old-school captains that evolved way before the STCW stuff when the only requirement to become a captain was a note from their mother, does the “with a corresponding STCW” mean something more that haveing the A-II/2 embossed on their documents? None of the above have been thru any of the courses or assessments.[/B]
[B]2. Did the NMC evaluator make a mistake?[/B]
[B]Getting paniky here since my time to apply is near any insight would be much appreciated.[/B]