Critical Changes to Licensing for Mariners
Posted by Tall Ships America on February 5, 2010
To all current and future license holders and vessel operators from the ASTA Ship Operations and Safety Committee regarding Critical changes to licensing.
It is important that you take the time to comment on this ruling!
The USCG has solicited comments on the proposed rulemaking to fully implement the STCW Code (International Convention on Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping for Seafarers Code and Convention.) The ruling includes a number of clarifications and changes in 46 CFR Parts 10, 11, 12 and 15. The deadline for the comment period is February 16, 2010 with a planned implementation of the new ruling in July 2010.
Many of these proposed changes will seriously affect current and future mariners, especially within our industry. The USCG is proposing increased sea time and increased tonnage requirements to qualify both assessments and sea-time in several endorsements/licenses. This will make it extremely difficult for mariners who commonly sail on vessels under 100 tons to advance to higher licenses and will also limit many mariners to near-coastal domestic voyages.