I have been ashore for nearly 20 years now. I very foolishly allowed my license as Master 1600 tons oceans to expire 10 years ago because I was not about to spend a lot of time and money taking STCW courses to maintain a license that I never expected to use again. Times have changed and I need to sail again. The USCG is allowing me to do an “expired renewal” to obtain a Master 1600 tons oceans. That requires retaking the exam and the doing the applicable STCW courses. Fair enough.
I have substantial experience as master on ocean tugs. That’s the skill set that I have to offer.
However, I’ve been told that I cannot get a towing endorsement without starting all over from scratch. This cannot be right.
How do I get a towing endorsement?