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46 CFR 12.605 (a) (3) Table A-II/4
The rating forming part of a navigational watch endorsement is required for any able seaman who will be working in the offshore drilling and oil industry in the Gulf of Mexico, an AB working outside the boundary line or any AB working in foreign waters.
180 days of sea service on ocean, near coastal and Great Lakes, including training and experience associated with navigational watchkeeping functions and involving the performance of duties carried out under the supervision of the master, mate or qualified STCW deck rating.
90 of the required 180 days may be on inland waters on vessels to which STCW applies.
Completion of an approved assessment program at an approved school.
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