March 12, 2015: This policy letter was issued to clarify long-standing confusion on the credential requirements for engineers on Uninspected Fishing Vessels. In the past, the phrase “. . . an individual engaged or employed to perform the duties of chief engineer . . . ” has been variously interpreted, sometimes in ways that suggest the person performing those duties is not required to be credentialed. Which credential is required and on what type of fishing vessel is covered in this policy letter. The policy letter does not address STCW requirements because, with the exception of pure processors, STCW does not apply to fishing vessels.