Policy Change for Maritime Licenses
Effective July 1st, 2011
The Coast Guard has through their Policy Letter (CG-543) 11-07 made many large changes to the maritime licensing schemes that apply to candidates for STCW (Standards of Training, Certification, and Watchingkeeping for Seafarers) endorsement as OICNW (Officer in Charge Navigational Watch) who hold or are also applying for the following officer endorsements and are not participating in a Coast Guard approved training program:
(1) Second mate – ocean/near coastal any gross tons;
(2) Third mate – ocean/near coastal any gross tons;
(3) Mate – 500 to 1600 gross register tons (GRT), ocean/near coastal and;
(4) Mate Offshore Supply Vessel (OSV)
NEW MINIMUM MARITIME TRAINING REQUIREMENTS
(1) To qualify for an endorsement as OICNW, completion of certain training is required by regulations in 46 CFR Part 11, as follows:
- Basic Safety Training (BST) [46 CFR 11.202(b)];
- Radar Observer [46 CFR 11.480];
- Advanced Fire Fighting [46 CFR 11.205(d)];
- Bridge Team Work (a.k.a. Bridge Resource Management) [46 CFR 11.202(c)];
- Automatic Radar Plotting Aids (ARPA). If this course is not completed, the STCW endorsement will limit service to vessels that are not equipped with ARPA [46 CFR 11.202(c)];
- Global Maritime Distress and Safety System (GMDSS). If this course is completed, the STCW endorsement will note that it is valid for service in the GMDSS [46 CFR 11.202(d)].
(2) In addition to these required courses relevant Coast Guard approved training may be used to satisfy portions of the assessment requirements discussed above.
(3) Candidates for an OICNW endorsement must meet the standards of competence identified in Section A-II/1 of the STCW Code. Model guidelines for assessment of the practical KUPs (Knowledge, Understanding, Proficiency) for OICNW are contained in NVIC 08-02 (Navigational and Vessel Inspection Circulars).
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