Hello all. Im Drew, New to the forum.
I appreciate any feedback on the situation I’m going to explain.
I have been with a particular company on the great lakes, as a “permanent employee” since end of 2013. Also it’s the only company I’ve worked for, as I’m relatively new still.
Ive worked on deck, in the “tunnel” as a gateman and also as a conveyorman, doing simple repairs and maintenance. Out here i am considered a general vessel utility person, and do whatever is needed under that scope. To keep the story relatively short, while i was working primarily below deck in the tunnel, the chief suggested i get my qmed and get would start to break me into the engine room world the next season. So i did. However ive never worked in the capacity of a qmed To date due to that vessel being laid up and me moving back to deck on another company vessel. My time was written and submitted to the c.g. as all engine room time. 180 “extra days” which i know am feeling the pain of. I thought i had enough time to submit for my ab special, with my accrued deck time so i went to school, passed, only to find I was 100 days short of my time to submit for the special.
So, no big deal I thought I’ll ride out this season. I was told I’d have 230 some days straight… And I’ve done long hitches before so…No biggy I thought. Well. Started June first and a week ago was informed that I should seek other employment because we are going to be fueling in Canada for the season. And low and behold a DUI from years back is now coming to haunt me… The time it is going to take to rectify that and financial sitch puts me in a bad spot. I wanted to leave eventually. Get off the lakes, do something more exciting, different, better pay and treatment…But bad timing. Now around 70 days short of ab special time.
So I will be home the 5th of July. And think I will submit what I have to the c.g. at least to have my stcw and lb and rfpnw on there, although I will only qualify for an ab osv with my time. At least I won’t default on time to submit and have to retake the class, right…
I’m wondering if anyone might have some words of advice for a person in my situation. What do you think a good direction to go would be, looking for work. I am 31. Single. Not held down by anything. And at this point, I am not changing careers. I’ve bided my time here to try and get as much as I can out of it, and would like to keep moving up. Obviously in pay but beggers can’t be choosy either… The little more than 100 bones a day it works out to be after taxes here, and the way I’ve learned how things are around here, I’m not sad about moving on, and I didn’t quit so I am still in good standing so to speak, but it seems on the surface to be bad timing but truthfully I’m kind of excited to work this challenge. And hopefully it will all make sense why it happened now, soon enough.
I work hard, willing to learn, have done long hitches in the good weather and the horrible great lakes winters alike…Not not afraid to scrub a toilet, lol and realize I’m in no position to be picking and choosing. But what options do you think are best suited for me to look into.
So to recap, in this time ive been employed I’ve taken qmed and ab classes, including bst/stcw, life boat, and rfpnw. But have only worked on deck and in the tunnel. For the last few years.
I have my qmed endorsement as stated. But I waited to submit all my others (stcw, etc) until I had the “special” time.
These sentences got a bit jumbles on this app and I can’t move them around for some reason. I apologize for that. Hope the jist is gotten
Thank you for your time.
Glad to be part of the forum.