…In order to resolve all the awaiting information and be issued, you must submit the appropriate service or BT Refresher course needed for renewal of your STCW…
…I have attached the STCW renewal checklist for your review. Per the sea service requirements on the checklist, 360 days of sea service on any waters must include onboard training and experience relative to the four elements of BT within the past 5 years. Your letter will have to state that you have performed these tasks.
The BST has four elements:
• Personal survival techniques
• Fire prevention and fire-fighting
• Elementary first-aid
• Personal safety and social responsibilities.
So here is my issue: my sea time letters relate to a commercial vessel that must be SOLAS compliant. SOLAS spells out all of the required training. This training is checked and rechecked by port state control, flag state control and the company’s designated person ashore. As an OICNW part of my duties as the safety officer and later as the medical officer were coordinating the training for these “four elements”. It seems bizarre that the NMC is requiring me to get a statement from a company that essentially says that the log book is not fraudulent when it comes to training and drills; and, that I did my job as a crew member.
I don’t know if this has been discussed before, but seems to be raising the bar again regarding redundant reporting requirements. When will it end.