Can anyone shed some light on 2010 requirements for mariners with 25, 50, and 100 GRT license who need STCW for near coastal international voyage?
I have NAVIC 3-14 and can see all the requirements for Master NC Less Than 500 GT. Problem is I am talking about folks in the US and British Virgin Islands with US Maters License (25, 50, 100) operating small UPVs and T Boats.
These guys are running 25 foot boats with out boards or similar type boats and are now looking at taking:
Bridge Resource Management
Leadership & Management
Basic and Advanced Fire Fighting
Proficiency in Survival Craft
Basic Training (not limited to vessels under 200 GRT)
Prior to the January 1 deadline, folks could take a Limited 3 day Basic Training course and be good. Obviously that does not meet the new standard. It still seems pretty unreasonable for guys with a fire extinguisher and crew of 1 (the master) to have to take BRM, HELM, Advance Fire, etc…
Seems like the rule makers never thought about the hundreds of small boat operators down here.
There is a very old policy letter 6-00 that pretty well address this issue but our local OCMI does not think it is applicable. They say a Master must have II/3 endorsement.
Any thoughts or suggestions?