Hello, I have my QMED & RFPEW with STCW endorsement already. My question is about why & when RFPEW is actually required? A couple of us onboard were talking to a wiper about upgrading and we couldn’t come up with a clear answer about the RFPEW part. Hopefully, someone can help us out.
My understanding was that if he worked in US waters only he would be fine with just having a QMED, as it is a USCG rating only. But to work outside the Boundary Line he would need to have RFPEW as it is an IMO/STCW rating. Is my understanding of this correct so far?
I’m currently working as a watchstanding QMED on a US flagged vessel in the Southern Atlantic (well outside the Boundary Line) and I assumed that all the QMED’s onboard would need to have RFPEW as well. Is this correct? Does it matter if you are a day working QMED or a watchstanding QMED? Thanks for your help.