Hello everybody, my first post on here.
Just some thoughts, maybe questions here…
Have my sights set on an AB license in a couple of months and start climbing up the ladder.
Been quite miffed lately, looking at the vessels I work on, trying to figure out their certificates of inspection and why they can still count as under 100 tons. The largest one I sail on, by IMO standards, is just a ton short of 500…
Yet is counts as under 100, I am assuming, under the loophole that USCG calls “regulatory tonnage”. Another, by the way, smaller vessel- shows “Gross tons = R-98, I-403”
Reason for frustration- even though I work on vessels, that are ALL above 100 tons, I will only get a sea time letter for under 100 GRT.
Now, I keep reading that RFPNW is something that is almost expected from every AB, but it seems really difficult and extremely time consuming to acquire and this loophole crap just sits right in the path. Quite redundant to be working on vessels that would fit the “over 200GT” requirement, yet I have to find a school, possibly travel across the country to join some sort of schooling/program to get the necessary days (and a large number of them) on a vessel “over 200GT”. I feel a bit like I am wasting time. Should I?
Are we really surprised, that a lot of US sailors seem to fade in terms of competition on a global scale?
Why does USCG allow this GRT near coastal (or national waters) loophole? I’ve read threads from about 2009, mentioning something similar. Why is it still going on?
Why doesn’t USCG adhere to IMO standards across the board? Is it just particular type of vessels where this is allowed?
Please note, I might be [I]totally wrong here. [/I]It hasn’t been too long since I’ve started reading through the bureaucratic nightmare that is license regulations. A lot of things might still be unclear for me. Please correct me, where I’m wrong, I am genuinely trying to learn. Am I wrong here and just confused?