I’m in the process of upgrading to 1600ton Master OC. The STCW II/2 Master 500-3000 will mean taking four more classes so it’s not going to happen right away. I want to do that but would like to just get my captains ticket sooner than later. The ATB I work on now is one of only two in our fleet that has an ITC tonnage over 500. I was told by a couple people that I didn’t need II/2 or Oceans for that boat because we rarely go foreign and when we do it’s only to Canada, the Bahamas, and Gulf coast ports in Mexico. I was under the impression that regardless of whether we sailed foreign or not that if the boat is dual tonnage and is over 500 ITC (it’s 682GT and 195GRT) and it’s SOLAS that I had to have II/2 Master 500-3000 to be compliant. Also, I was also under the impression that I’d have to have oceans if we sailed foreign except to Canada. Am I right about that? I haven’t researched this yet, just basing my assumption from off hand knowledge and research from a while ago.
The boat is a converted ATB, 126 feet, SOLAS, Sub M, 195GRT domestic and 682GT ITC. COI indicates “Route Permitted as Oceans.” COD says Registry (Coastwise was omitted on the last issuance but was there previously.)
Summary of the questions:
- Even if we don’t sail foreign do I still need II/2 Master 500-3000 since the boat is dual tonnage and exceed 500 GT ITC?
- When we do sail foreign do I need Oceans even though we aren’t exceeding 200nm from shore? (I believe we have a memorandum of understanding with Canada that allows this.)
- Do I need Oceans regardless since our COI says oceans or only when we exceed 200nm from shore or as in question 2 when we sail foreign?
I know I should know these things but every time I think I have a handle on it I read something or someone says something that makes me question everything I thought I knew. Thanks for your time, folks.