[QUOTE=tugsailor;126840][QUOTE=jdcavo;126832]The rule becomes effective in 90 days (March 24,
Lowers sea service minuimum tonnage for “unlimited” deck licenses from 200 GRT to 100 GRT;
Thank Christ. It’s about time American mariners get some fairness on this issue, especially since the Brits, the Canadians (and undoubtedly others) accept seatime down to 25 Gross tons GT toward unlimited licenses.[/QUOTE]
Lowering the minimum from 200-GRT to 100-GRT is all good and well but 50% of the time still has to be over 1600-GRT, which means that people with licenses less than unlimited are incapable of working on their current licenses while upgrading to unlimited. The 1600-ton minimum is what needed to be lowered, not the 200-ton. You should be able to hold a 1600-ton license, sail as mate or master, and be able to earn your unlimited license. Right now the only way to do that is to get a 3/M unlimited restricted to 150% of the tonnage on which 50% of the sea time is recorded.
At 1600-GRT (if 50% of your seatime was recorded on a vessel of that tonnage) this would make for an unlimited license restricted to 2400-GRT. Good luck finding a vessel between 1600-GRT and 2400-GRT that you can sail on so that you can upgrade to 2/M unlimited, unrestricted. Every other license in the licensing scheme has a minimum tonnage that you can use a lower license to acquire (5-tons for a 50-ton, 33.4-tons for a 100-ton, 50-tons for a 500-ton, and 100-tons for a 1600-ton, you’ll notice I didn’t mention the 200-ton because that license is just as #!(^'ed up as the unlimited licenses are), so why shouldn’t the unlimited licenses have the same thing???
The checklist for the 3/M Unlim. License here.