The National Maritime Center in West Virginia has finally gotten itself to the point where it has some breathing room. Enough room to issue the latest news item regarding “Legacy Documents”. You know what they are, that’s how the NMC refers to our traditional licenses, “legacy documents”. When the new MMC was instituted the great din that rose up lamenting the loss of our “license” for a little red passport book was deafening, but it seems someone was listening, albeit not very closely…..
The NMC sent out a note today informing the masses that the license we all earned will once again be available for free. Well free is good, yes? Um yeah, except it’s not a license it’s just a facsimile of one. It doesn’t count as a valid certificate, it is for framing and hanging in your den. It’s not for the pilothouse license board.
Some noteworthy things are missing. There is no “issue” number. The fancy wording we all grew to love will not be included for practicality’s sake. It will be one page that will include all of your ratings and endorsements. I wonder how the guys with a bazillion miles of pilotage are going to make out?
It’s a step in the right direction, even if it’s just baby steps. I am thankful we’re making any progress at all.