The Crew Report has been contacted by the captain of a 40m motoryacht, raising concerns about the limitations of French maritime tickets.

The superyacht’s French deckhand holds a Chef de Quart 500 license which is restricted to 200nm from the cost. He sent this to the Maritime and Coastgaurd Agency (MCA) for a Certificate of Equivalency (CoE) and received a CeC limited to 200nm from the French Coast.

Under the presumption that the CeC would give the deckhand a general 200nm coastal restriction rather than one limited to the French Coast only, the yacht’s management company queried this with the MCA. The management company then came back to the yacht with the following: “The MCA has explained that under STCW it is the decision of each maritime authority how they interpret the limitation. In the case of the MCA, where a ticket is limited to 200nm from the coast, they always interpret that to mean from the coast of the country where the ticket was issued.”

"This crewmember will be moving onwards and upwards at year-end, and this situation will complicate his search for a great charter-boat job."

The management company then asked the yacht’s Flag how they would endorse the ticket, and the Cayman Islands replied with the following: “Yes, we would be able to issue an endorsement recognising this ticket. With regards to limitations we would recognise this as 200nm from the French coast.”

Speaking to The Crew Report, the superyacht’s captain elaborated: “As we’re a private yacht, the matter is not of large consequence for me, but this crewmember will be moving onwards and upwards at year-end, and this situation will complicate his search for a great charter-boat job. He will have to re-evaluate how he goes about becoming more qualified, and this will have a financial implication for him, not to mention loss of time while in the classroom, sitting courses that are now proving to be of less value than he was hoping.”

The yacht’s captain is hoping that by making light of this issue, not only will other crewmembers provide their feedback as to whether they’re had similar experiences, but crewmembers will make sure they are taking the relevant courses to ensure they don’t find themselves in the same situation as this crewmember. “I know we’re not going to change the world,” concludes the captain, “but if it saves even one more deckhand from wasting his cash on the wrong course, I think it’s worth it.”

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