[QUOTE=Capt Brian;18510]Can someone explain to me why my STCW certificate(1600 Master) has the following statement “[I]who has been found duly qualified in accordance with the provisions of regulations(s) II/2[/I] (and some others not relevant to this post)”.
After reading the STCW Code Chapter II, Section A-II/2, it states the following “The minimum knowledge, understanding and proficiency required for certification is listed in column 2 of table A-II/2. [B][U]This incorporates, expands and extends in depth the subjects listed in column 2 of table A-II/1 for officers in charge of a navigational watch.[/U][/B]”
Now, maybe I am just not that bright, but what I understand from reading the STCW Code is that A-II/2 is HIGHER then a A-II/1, and it clearly states that A-II/1 is [U]INCORPORATED[/U] into A-II/2. So, why then, do I as well as others not qualify for a 3rd Mate Unlimited license and are being required by the NMC to take, as Luther Greer put it to me once, “those $20,000 worth of classes” to DOWN GRADE to a 3rd Mate Unlimited.
Curious what the thoughts of everyone on here is. Please, do not hesitate to tell me to “step away from the pipe” on this issue and let me know I am off my rocker…
Thanks - Brian[/QUOTE]
You are right, and the main thing here is more along the lines of Coast Guard policy. Remember that STCW is a minimum standard. How this minimum standard is applied is totally up to them. The biggest problem is the ambiguity in Coast Guard policy, not STCW. The uneven handedness of application of policy not only damages what NMC is trying to do, but it deeply effects the mariner because we rearrange our lives, schedules, and budgets to take classes, complete assessments, and try to find the time for a home life. Then, on top of all of that, most of these requirements have to be done before submitting an application just to find out something changed, not in the policy, but the interpretation of it. Outside of everything else, that simply is not fair to the mariner, and I would go as far as including the evaluators at NMC.
A precedence has clearly been set, and I am an example of that (all of my unlimited upgrades were post 2002), as are hundreds of other mariners in the application of policy letter 01-02. The Coast Guard needs to take a hard look at that career path and erase the ambiguity by specifically identifying operational level masters licenses. As you pointed out, it is well within the construct of STCW, but as far as we know, it could have been an STCW auditor that shut this career path down by asking for training certificates on a newly issued 3rd Mate, that was a 1600 ton Master, and this material could not be produced.
Either way, NMC has a clear obligation to fix this self-imposed mess of things so people like yourself know what to do.