Looking for some definitive answers. (Mr Cavo perhaps?)
On a UTV, on a voyage from Fort Lauderdale to San Juan, Towing a petroleum barge. What are the manning requirements for a UTV over 100 tons (but under 200 tons) regarding vessel manning?
[I]“© Subject to exceptions, 46 U.S.C. 8104(g) permits the officers and crew members (except the coal passers, firemen, oilers, and watertenders) to be divided into two watches when at sea and engaged on a voyage of less than 600 miles on the following categories of vessels:[/I]
[I] (1) Towing vessel;…”[/I]
The voyage is approximately 980 miles. Does the Towing vessel have to have a three watch system in wheelhouse? Three watch on deck?
If the UTV is changed to a UTV over 200 tons are three watches required?
(Is there a change in requirements between the two categories?) Does the Officers Competency Convention Certification of '36 apply? Is this enforced?
[B]§ 15.701 Officers Competency Certificates Convention, 1936[I].[/I][/B]
I This section implements the Officers Competency Certificates Convention, 1936, and applies to each vessel documented under the laws of the United States navigating seaward of the Boundary Lines in part 7 of this chapter, except:
(4) A vessel of less than 200 gross tons.[/I]
And last but not least, is this an Ocean Voyage? (Requiring Oceans, or is NC enough?)
Where is this info specifically in the CFR’s? There seems to be two areas that touch on this, ‘Manning of towing vessels’, and OCCC of '36. but both don’t seem to agree, and there is confusion in the ranks.