I've dealt with a case recently where a casual, temporary, uncertified oiler was considered unworthy, by the ship's Chief Engineers, of a record of sea service, as being of no importance, therefore not deserving of a testimonial or a discharge stamp. Of course, when he came to write his ERR, the BC Ferries time was discounted for ERR and only previous service, of which there was sufficient, with another company counted. After a number of e-mail exchanges with BC Ferries, the sea service with BC ferries was credited toward his 4M.
Sounds like a Mickey Mouse operation to me, I don't think I'd be applying any time soon.
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