To upgrade from a Master 25 GRT to a Master 50 GRT you need to have 90 days of service deck service while holding your USCG license as a Master 25 GRT.
As soon as you have 90 Sea Days while holding your Master 25 GRT you are qualified to upgrade your license to a Master 50 GRT per 46 CFR 11.422. (Note: This also means that you can upgrade your 50 Ton USCG license to 100 GRT when you have 90 days of sea service while holding your 50 ton license on any boat on any waters as long as you are helping with the safe navigation of the vessel.
No. The USCG does not automatically give you an upgrade, you have to ask for it.
Yes. When you file with MM-SEAS, part of our review process is looking for these upgrades and including them in the renewal application.
We hope this made your life a little easier and if you have other questions the MM-SEAS team is always here to help!
No matter what, when you are ready to submit your application, you can choose to have the MM-SEAS staff create a perfect application, handle the USCG application fees and work with the USCG on your behalf to resolve any issues for a flat fee of $349 or you can choose to submit on your own.
Pro MM-SEAS members get access to unlimited live 1 on 1 calls with one of our USCG Licensing Specialists. We've found that answering questions live with screen sharing in a video call makes both of our lives easier. Pro MM-SEAS members can access these features inside of MM-SEAS under License Guidance.
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