I’ve got a question for all you tug-a-boat guys on here…
I’ve been reading NVIC’s and CFR’s until my head is about to explode and nowhere do I see any mention of specific vessel requirements. I hold a 500 ton master near coastal which allows me to get a towing endorsement in 30 days by completing a TOAR with a Designated Examiner. Does the vessel I do the TOAR on have to be over 200 tons?
The reason I ask is I have a friend that owns an inland towing company so I am going to ask him to let me ride for 30 days with one of his DE’s. He has boats from 40ish tons up to 330ish tons so I need to know if I should be picky about which boat I ride. I’m assuming the DE’s on his boats would know from their training required to serve as a DE?
Also once I complete the TOAR will I be given a Master oTV since my regular license is a Master or will I start out with a Mate oTV? Nevermind this one. Upon closer inspection of NVIC 04-01 There are 2 flow charts that say I would be awarded Master of Towing Vessels.
And do I have to have recency on towing vessels every time I renew to keep my endorsement?