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Old 11-13-2012
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Re: HMS Bounty in trouble...

One must have 360 logged day's at sea to qualify for the OUPV ( six pack) test. Not an easy test what with the rules of the road and the plotting. A week long prep course helps with the coast guard exam but isn't necassary if you can pass. Next after more sea time opperating as captain of uninspected vessel's, you may test for the master ticket, depending on the tonnage of the vessel you'll get a 50 or 100 ton liscence of inspected vessels, the exam is mostly plotting, a prep course helps. Then you get the smallest of the commercial liscence, the 200 ton master/ mate. You must run as 200 ton mate for about a year, training under a captain in real life situations before the 200 ton master is issued, tough test. This test is 1/2 stability, and 1/2 plotting. They don't hand these things out as easy as you might think, the six pack and 100 ton are easier, but getting the time on tonage vessels for the 200 takes a lot of time and training, add the master of tow TOAR, to the lisence and your talking years of training and school, plus the endorsement's that you need like STCW, RADAR CERT, radio opperator, rfpnw, etc. It's months of prep-classes to prepare for the test, coupled with years of on the job training before you are elegable. I've worked long and hard to get to 200 ton and it only get's more difficult from here. I don't know what tonnage the Bounty Captain had, but he made a bad and complacent decsision none the less.
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