[QUOTE=t.mcg;144833]Can someone please explain to me how the coast guard can put a tonnage restriction on my license if the boat I work on is over 1600 grt? I applied to upgrade and was told that I would receive 2nd mate with a tonnage restriction. No idea how that works. Appreciate it. Thank you[/QUOTE]
You need 180 days on a vessel over 1,600 GRT, if you have less than that, you will get the tonnage restriction. Without knowing specifics, I suspect this is the issue. If the largest vessel you worked on was 1,691 GRT, and if you have less than 180 days on that vessel, your 2nd Mate would be limited to 2,000 GRT. See 46 CFR 11.402.
[QUOTE=AB Murph;144837]To my understanding you would be covered under the old Rules as long as you received your 3rd mate before March 2014. If after then you would fall under the new rules whatever they may be.[/QUOTE]
It doesn’t matter. The rules for tonnage limits for “unlimited” licenses and the regs for 2nd and 3rd Mate weren’t substantially changed as they would apply here, i.e. the minimum service/tonnage to avoid a tonnage limit was not chnaged, nor were the requirements for 2nd Mate. This notwithstanding, it’s not when “t.mcg” received the 3rd Mate license that determines whether the old rules may be used, it’s the first day of service used to qualify for 2nd Mate, i.e. the first day of service as 3rd Mate.