Before I get torn up for asking this question (I used the search function and read everything relating to this topic that I could find) Let me state the facts.
I am a:
TWIC / MMC holder (entry level)
MCA UK CoC STCW III/1 & III/3
<500GT & <3000kW Chief Engineer
My question is this:
What is the approved or correct process for applying to the USCG for a “Certificate of Equivalent Competency” for my UK STCW CEng license? Early in my career, I ended up serving on foreign flag vessels, and the UK CoC seemed the more sensible choice for licensing, as UK and Cayman flag vessels have been what I have served on. I’m missing home in California and thinking of finding a role in the future that can keep me close to home and not on the other side of the world.
I have searched the NMC, spoke with training providers, and spoke to the NMC help line (to no avail). I have also spent a fair amount of time reading policy letters, CFR’s, and NVIC’s, along with official CG comments in the Federal Register. I have found references to accepting time served on foreign flag vessels, but I haven’t found any guidance yet on the correct form to file or application procedure.
If anyone has some helpful advice on what exactly I should apply for, and the correct Form# or application process, to file along with my supporting documentation for a “case-by-case” review by the USCG it would be appreciated.
Thank you all in advance for your advice.