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Re: Captainís Licenses [Re: LesA] #263879
01/22/08 09:31 AM
01/22/08 09:31 AM
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San Pedro Town, Ambergris Caye...
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As I mentioned in a previous post or 2, the port authority rules will be changing to accommodate the oversight!!

Re: Captainís Licenses [Re: Amanda Syme] #263923
01/22/08 01:55 PM
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Were can the current and proposed regulations concerning capt. licensing be found.
I have not seen the statutory or gazeted proposals or laws.

Re: Captainís Licenses [Re: cracked up] #263955
01/22/08 04:49 PM
01/22/08 04:49 PM
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San Pedro AC Belize
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Just to confuse the issue a bit more .........
I just received something that said if you're from elsewhere and have a boat operator's license from there you can just use that in Belize, much like you can use your foreign driver's license to operate a car or golf-cart in Belize.
(Methinks this is the opportunity for one more mini-industry ---- like those wonderful get-um-in-the-mail diplomas.)
I've also been told that the captain's license is not required for boats under 22 feet and being used for private transport.
Any info on that?


Re: Captainís Licenses [Re: Diane Campbell] #264035
01/23/08 09:44 AM
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If anyone is interested, here is an article on the topic from last summer in the San Pedro Sun:

http://sanpedrosun.net/old/07-292.html

Cindy

Re: Captainís Licenses [Re: CindyF] #264043
01/23/08 10:02 AM
01/23/08 10:02 AM
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thanks for the link cindy. by the way, your avatar is really pretty.

Re: Captainís Licenses [Re: Diane Campbell] #264059
01/23/08 11:20 AM
01/23/08 11:20 AM
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Looking at my "Belize Boat Master's License" there are the following categories:
A - < 34 Ft.
B - 35 - 44 Ft.
C - 45 - 65 Ft.
E - Catamaran
All - All Classes of Vessels
Classes A-D Have The Following 3 Categories:
1 - Private
2 - Commercial Passenger
3 - Commercial Cargo

Last edited by Short; 01/23/08 12:41 PM. Reason: Corrected Category "B"

Live and let live
Re: Captainís Licenses [Re: Short] #264073
01/23/08 12:17 PM
01/23/08 12:17 PM

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pedro2
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Never understood those categories. There should be recognition of the differences engine configuration produces - a boat with a single inboard engine is far harder to control than any boat with outboards, and one with one outboard harder than one with two. This is regardless of length/weight.

Incidentally, I assume "A" should read "<25 feet"?

Re: Captainís Licenses [Re: ] #264075
01/23/08 12:46 PM
01/23/08 12:46 PM
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I'm sorry; made a typo in Category "B" - not in "A".
Pedro2, reading your question, would it be a right to assume that you don't have a Belize Boat Master's License?


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Re: Captainís Licenses [Re: Short] #264088
01/23/08 02:18 PM
01/23/08 02:18 PM

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That is correct, though I own several boats and have had people drive them for 6 years. I own boats with one/two outboards and one/two inboards.

Re: Captainís Licenses [Re: ] #264117
01/23/08 08:11 PM
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From the San Pedro Sun:

Private Investigator: Boat Licenses
Q: A friend of mine owns property in Belize, lives here three months at a time, owns a boat that is registered in Belize, but is not a resident. He has been told by the Belize Port Authority that the Harbor Master has determined that if you donít have residency in Belize you can not apply for a Boat Captain license to operate a boat in Belize. By the new law that went into effect last June, anyone who operates a boat in Belize can be fined up to $1000 BZ if they donít have a boat captain license. Up until this new interpretation of the law, anyone could apply for and be grated a license after passing the test. Is this for real? /s/ Via Email

A: The Harbors and Merchant Shipping Act was amended in May and the new rules and regulations impose stiffer fines and demand higher standards from boat owners and captains.

The Amended Act touches several key and sensitive issues such as boat registration, captain licensing, accidents, sensitivity to the environment and foreign vessels.

Amended in the new Act was the fact that all owners and operators of vessels larger than a paddling dory must have a captainís license, ďI want them to understand that we are serious about this and [Ö] to those captains who are out there navigating the waters without a valid masters or captain license to do so as soon as possible,Ē stated Earl Valerio of the Belize Port Authority back in July. Valerio also commented that every person with the intention of driving a vessel must get a license. For veteran boat captains, those who have never applied or received a captainís license ever must do so now. ďThey have to take the test and do everything that everybody else does. Itís just that maybe theyíll be able to get their license faster because when it comes to the practical part, they know exactly what they are doing.Ē

However, the Act stipulates that in order to get a license one must be a Belizean or a resident of the country. So, how does that apply to homeowners who live in Belize for a temporary period of time and own a boat? Via a telephone interview, Ports Commissioner Major Lloyd Jones stated that any individual who owns a boat which is registered in the country may contact his office in the hopes of finding a solution. ďWe look at every case, each one is different and depending on the applicantís immigration status then we will be able to determine whether they qualify for a license. Another determining factor will be if the applicant is in possession of his Masterís Boat License from their country of origin.Ē Major Jones went on to explain that the same ideology as a Vehicle Driverís License applies to the Boat Captain License. If you have a license from another country and it is equivalent to a Belize license, then the captain may use his license within the country for a temporary period of time.

For further information contact (223) 0714 and ask for Kenrick Daly or Earl Valerio.


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