I will be working overseas when I accumulate enough sea time for upgrade to 1600 master. I got my mate license with oceans endorsement last year under the new system. My only submission with my upgrade app to 1600 master will be a sea time letter.
I will be at sea for four months and then ashore for four months. I would love to get back ashore, submit my sea time letter and have the NMC say “yep, you are now approved to test”. When I submitted my mate application, the Long Beacb REC would not forward my file until everything was complete package. It then took over three months to re-evaluate at NMC.
I see a scenario where I get back to the USA, submit my app, head back to sea four months later and not been approved to test.
Has anyone recently submitted an app to the NMC and got an approval subject to completion of sea time?