[QUOTE=gman1984;54937]If that is the case, then I can save time and submit my MMC paperwork…can someone clarify?[/QUOTE]
Submit your paperwork and check the box for STCW, the CG will request additional information at which time you can submit the course completion certificates and it [b]SHOULD[/B] be included on your MMC.
When the NMC issued an MMD, rather than an MMC, no, they would not issue a separate STCW certificate for BST alone. With the MMC those categories of STCW that you are compliant with are listed in your credential. Mine are on page 4, BST is VI/1. I am compliant with a number of STCW requirements. I have no STCW certificate, never have had.
I thought BST was good for 5 years?
So many of the REC’s had a comprehension problem with this subject that the Commander issued a Policy Letter, 8-03. It is listed as an informational notice that is no longer required because the particulars are specified in 46 CFR 11.202(b). I have taken the liberty of placing in bold a significantly relevant portion:
…of having achieved or, if training has been completed, having maintained the minimum standards of competence for the following four areas of basic safety within the previous five years upon assessment…
The sea service letter I submitted with my license application in 2009 included a section stating:
In accordance with 46 CFR 10.209©(6)(ii), this mariner has completed ongoing participation in training and drills during the validity of the license being renewed.
This qualifies as maintaining the minimum standards of competence. Basically, as long as you have worked in the last five years with a company that conducts periodic training, as already required by the CFR’s, you have “continuing competence”. No need to take BST every 5 years.