AMO Expands PIC DL Observer Options Through New Agreement with TORM

American Maritime Officers expanded options for AMO members seeking to earn the dangerous liquids person-in-charge rating through an exclusive agreement signed Sept. 5 with A/S Dampskibsselskabet TORM.

Through the observation program established by the agreement, observation billets will be made available to AMO members aboard TORM tankers. Depending upon availability, a minimum of 10 AMO deck and engineering officers will observe onboard vessels in TORM's tanker fleet each year.

"This observation program expands certification options for AMO members into the international tanker fleet," said AMO National President Tom Bethel. "It solves the problem of obtaining the required endorsement to sail as a tankship officer and builds upon our productive relationship with TORM, established through the company's extensive fleet training at STAR Center."

The observation program gives AMO members access to observation billets for a minimum of 90 days each. At least 90 days of sea time and completion of an approved cargo course within five years is required to earn the DL PIC rating, and the rating is required for nearly all deck officer positions onboard crude, product and chemical tankers. The DL PIC rating is also one requirement for qualifying for work aboard liquefied natural gas carriers.

AMO has also established a U.S.-flag PIC DL observation program, which provides observation billets for AMO members aboard tankers operated by AMO-contracted companies under similar terms.

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