Blue Water to Brown water


#1

Has anyone ever gone to push boats with a 1600 ton mate near coastal with mate of tow near coastal. Obviously the western rivers/inland TOAR assessments need to be completed but what position will someone generally be put into(if hired) with these credentials coming from blue water?


#2

This is my exact history. After 10 years as mate of coastal/oceans towboats with routes to Alaska, So. Cal, Mississippi R, west coast to east coast and the Columbia River. I fell in love with the Columbia because of the challenging weather conditions and currents. Took three years of networking to land a serious interview with a good company. Hired as a probationary deckhand then switched to mate/pilot after a month on a 2500 hp z-drive push boat. The biggest obstacle for blue water to brown is barge handling. As pilot you are expected to be able to do 99% of your watch. That includes lockages, landings, building tow and breaking tow without the help of the captain. In my experience about 25% of blue water sailors can make the switch to brown water. Not sure about the western rivers but the Columbia will be hiring after April.