On March 24, 2014 the US Code of Federal Regulations was updated to reflect changes to Merchant Mariner Credentials that were made to comply with the 2010 STCW convention in Manila. These changes primarily addressed updates to International STCW Endorsements that apply to seagoing vessels greater than 200 GRT (500 GT). However there have been some changes to seagoing licenses of less than 200 GRT. The checklists on my website have been updated to the new checklist reflecting these changes. Here is a summary of these changes.
- The requirement for a Master 50 ton limitation has been increased from one day on a vessel over 5 tons to either 50% (one half) of the qualifying experience on vessels of 17 GRT or greater, OR 25% (one quarter) of the qualifying experience on vessels of 26 GRT or greater. Applicants not qualifying for a 50 ton limitation will be issued a 25 ton limitation.
- The 150 ton limitation has been removed thereby lowering the requirements for the 200 ton limitation. To qualify for a 200 ton limitation the applicant needs either 50% (one half) of the qualifying experience on vessels of 67 GRT or greater, OR 25% (one quarter) of the qualifying experience on vessels of 101 GRT or greater.
- A Mate 200 ton Oceans license has been added.
- The requirements of holding an AB endorsement for an MMC Officer Endorsement with an All Oceans route on endorsements of less than 200 GRT has been removed.