This is commonly the license held by Captains and Mates working in Toronto Harbour. “Barhands” aspiring for greater glory would do well to work towards this license. The main advantage of this licensing route is that limited STCWs (A1 & A2 only) are often all that are required which reduces the candidate’s outlay prior to gainful employment. A great strategy would be to use this license and the large pay bump associated with it to fund further studies and course work. One of this author’s best employers, a tug and barge owner-operator, started as a bar back in Toronto harbour aboard a tour boat and subsequently worked his way up the ladder in this way.
This page provides a guide to the examinations required for this certification, and those examinations are further discussed on their respective pages.
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Validity of Certificate: Based on the specific vessel’s “safe manning document”, the Transport Canada certificate voyage class given to said vessel and “Inspector Discretion”.
Oral Examination: The “Over 60GT Limited Master” license is specific from vessel to vessel and examiner to examiner. As such, the oral exam will be comprised of show you can fulfill the duties of Master aboard the specific vessel the license will apply to. Lifesaving equipment, how one would handle an emergency and other “burdens of command” will be found in the oral exam. Also during the oral exam, the examiner wants to determine if you have good character and judgement. A good book that deals with the problems of being Master are found in “In Command”.