I’m very interested in this as well. Perhaps Doug, rjbpilot, Capt. Brian or Steve Foster could help with their application experience in this matter?
Capt Anonymous has mentioned this before. It clearly states in the Marine safety Manual:
Pg 133 section C 3
Master 1600 GT Upon Oceans or Near Coastal Waters To Master Any GT Upon Inland Waters. Mariners holding a license as Master 1600 GT Oceans or Near Coastal may apply for a Master Any GT Inland license utilizing 46 CFR 10.435. A tonnage limitation will be placed on the Inland license as per 46 CFR 10.402(b) and ©. Mariners may remove the tonnage limitation on the Inland license by serving one year on vessels over 1600 GT.
OK, fine. 46 CFR 10.435 goes on about having to have a Pilots License and 360 days on inland waters or GL to meet the requirements, [B]but it also says mate.[/B] The over 1600 GRT portion is solved with the tonnage limitation otherwise it would not have even been mentioned or quoted in the manual.
Sec. 10.435 Service requirements for master of inland steam or
motor vessels of any gross tons.
The minimum service required to qualify an applicant for license as
master of inland (excluding the Great Lakes) steam or motor vessels of
any gross tons is:
(a) [B]One year of service as[/B] first class pilot (of other than canal
and small lakes routes) [B]or mate[/B] of Great Lakes or inland steam or motor
vessels of more than 1,600 gross tons; or,
(b) Two years of service as wheelsman or quartermaster while holding
a mate/first class pilot license.
Section (b) does not mention inland or great lakes waters.
Even without working as a pilot, it should be issued with 1 year as mate
on inland or GL, or 2 years as mate with QM or wheelsman duties NC.