Training and Certification
"I am working with a Uruguayan engineer that is well educated and trained. The MCA does not recognize his certificates and we are in the process of getting a certificate of equivalency."
Why are you trying to get an MCA CeC, is the yacht British flagged? If it is Caymans or some other flag, all you have to do is submit his application for a flag state endoresement. If his training and certifications are determined by the flag state to be adequate, they will issue an endorsement and the guy can work on the boat.
Don't make life any more difficult than it has to be and don't get sucked into the MCA quagmire when you can simply walk around it. I have had absolutely no problem obtaining an endorsement for a very well trained and experienced Uraguayan engineer not very long ago. You guys need to wean yourselves off the MCA teat.
Just to save a bit of bandwidth:
" ... there are NO substandard stoners running a 175' supply vessel @ 35 knts in the Gulf of Mexico!"
That's funny. I think I would have chosen a better standard to make comparisons. Be very very skeptical of mariners with a GoM pedigree ... it is the maritime source of recessive genes.