For oceans, you need either 1080 days working in the deck department, or 360 as part of an approved training program. At least 180 days have to be performing bridge watchkeeping duties under supervision of an officer holding the STCW endorsement as master, chief mate, or OICNW.
You have 2 options for how to meet the sea service requirements for OICNW.
Additionally, you have to provide evidence of having performed during the required seagoing service, bridge watchkeeping duties, under the supervision of an officer holding the STCW endorsement as master, chief mate, or OICNW, for a period of not less than 6 months.
This means sea service where you were supervised on the bridge by someone holding the STCW endorsement as master, chief mate, or OICNW counts towards the 6 month requirement.
We hope this made your life a little easier and if you have other questions the MM-SEAS team is always here to help!
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Nate has over 15 years of professional maritime experience and has hawsepiped his way to a 3rd Mate Unlimited Endorsement with full STCW compliance. He is proud veteran of the NOAA Commissioned Corps.