I'm a USCG licensed captain
working for a tour boat company in the Tampa Bay. I hold a Master 50 ton Inland license
with the Commercial Assistance Towing Endorsement
. I have my TWIC card along with my FCC MROP. Because I work only in the Tampa Bay/downtown area I don't need the Near Coastal endorsement. I have just completed my STCW Basic Safety
Training class and want to add this to my license
I have been told by some that the STCW is and international cert. and I can't get it until I get my N/C from the coast guard. I was told I need 360 days to upgrade to the Near Coastal, but my STCW class papers will expire in a year.
Answers and Opinions?