With the new automatic upgrading from 3AE to 2AE and 1AE to CE, what is the CG’s policy on time required to 1AE? More specifically, what if you have the 360 days required to upgrade - while holding a 2AE license - but only 45 days as 2AE, and the other 315 as 3AE?
Also, as the NMC took six months to process and approve my application to upgrade to 2AE, I continued to sail as 3AE while they were processing the paperwork. The 360 days required to upgrade to 2AE was completed when I mailed the application to them. Is this in-between time “lost” because I did not have the 2AE license in my hands? Or do they accept it towards upgrading to 1AE.
Sorry if this is confusing, but I tried to explain it as best as possible. I haven’t called the NMC yet so I was hoping somebody here could help. Trying to get this done before they institute the new STCW BS.