Recently published MIN 498 has clarified the MCA position on service on Yachts >24m length. Recognising, I guess, the skills which are transferrable from larger yacht service to merchant shipping, the MCA has closed the gap between the qualification routes for Yacht Officers and Merchant Navy Officers. 79 more words
When I initially posted this there was a lot of interest. Basically rules coming in for the start of 2017 will mean that if you have not sat an ECDIS IMO model 1.27 course, your Masters CoC will not be recognised for any ECDIS-equipped vessel.