blue water & Mallorca sea School
"The question here is about certificates issued with a 'Yacht' restriction."
It is past time for the IMO to step in and stop to the nonsense of allowing the MCA to endorse yacht limited certificates with the same STCW designator as real licenses.
For example, more and more often I am seeing CVs submitted by engineer applicants who don't even bother to state what license they hold. They simply type III/2 and either believe that tells the whole story or think that is all anyone needs to know.
The MCA has created this policy which renders the coding meaningless, and IMO (for reasons known only to that august body) has yet to cough up a hairball over its application. An unlimited chief engineer holds a III/2 certificate, an MCA yacht engineer with more limitations than an airline refund policy holds a III/2 certificate. Something is very wrong with this system.
It is time for IMO to create a new designator for these storefront issued documents or end the misleading use of the coding by the MCA in order to sell limited licenses to an unsuspecting market. MCA and the license mills are corrupting the foundation on which STCW was constructed. It is little wonder Spain and Italy are hesitant.