Hello, I’m due to renew my Master 1600 NC and DDE Unl HP this Year. I would like to add Master of Towing to it. Although I have some 7000 days at sea I have very little on Towing vessels, or at least in the eye of the CC. ( A towing vessel engaged in fishing doesn’t count ) I have recently got my TOAR, and all I need is my 20 12hr days as an Observer aboard a Towing Vessel. Well I have exactly 27 Days aboard a Tug in recent years, and have a couple of questions as to how to write up my time so as the CG will accept it.
Since my License is Near Coastal, do only NC days count ? In other words are they going to throw out days spent in inland waters ?
What exactly is Observer Time? In reality how can 4-5 men no matter what position they are in on a Tug not observe what’s going on 24/7 ?
I realize the correct way to do this is to have a long standing Job with a Large Towing Company and they will pretty much do all this for you when they have a demand for Deck Hands to get a Mates License’s. Problem is I don’t fall into this scenario, with a DDE, they are in no hurry to lose a DDE for another Mate. My Goal is to work as both a Engineer and a Mate.