I Just Don't Understand ITC Tonnage
I hate to be one of those "help me, help me!" threads but I have to appeal to the much wiser and more intelligent mariners here on the ol' gCaptain. I just don't understand how ITC tonnage works. The only thing I know about it is that sometimes if you're lucky, by some magical potion and fairy dust your 1600-ton license can become a 3000-ton ITC license.
Is this automatically placed on your 1600-ton license? If not, how does someone go about accomplishing this? Also, what kind of ships are up to 3000-tons ITC? Does that designation mean that I can work on any vessel up to 3000 GRT or are certain ships measured for ITC at the discretion of their owners?
I apologize for my ignorance but this just isn't something I've had a lot of experience with but I would really like to know how it works if it would help me in my career.
"And all I ask is a tall ship and a star to steer her by..."
As I was a walkin' down London Road I come to Paddy West's house. He gave me a feed of "American hash" and he called it "Liverpool Scouse". He said, "There's a ship who's wantin' hands, and on 'er ye'll quickly sign! The mate is a bastard, the bos'un's worse but she will suit ye' fine!