[QUOTE=z-drive;127790]They adress the “chief” mate issue in the discussion somewhere. They more or less agreed that if you are the only mate, then your experience is to be counted as “chief” mate. It’s in the thousand or two paged item published a few days before the final rule. Could be wrong but I recall reading something like that.
Just because you may be considered a chief mate it doesn’t mean you are a chief mate with the correct tonnage for an upgrade to unlimited master.[/QUOTE]
Only a matter of time before that happens… oil patch will ultimately get every law, rule, NIVIC, USCG memo changed to suit current and future needs. Pretty soon tying a bowline will make you unlimited master and changing the filter on the galley ice machine will make you unlimited chief.
How about the designated master start having to fill out real uscg charges that you have to get online. Take the office out of the equation and vouch for the billet served and the accountability of being master.