i'm new to this forum and am seeking some advice. I just received my Master 100 GRT Near Coastal with assisted towing. I've served 8 years in the USCG as a boatswains mate (currently E5, maybe E6 soon). I have one more year on my contract in which case I will be separating from the USCG and moving back to New Orleans. At that time I will be looking to get into the tug and barge industry. I have a couple of companies I'm interested in, (Florida Marine Transporters and Progressive Barge). I don't have any tug or barge experience which leads me to my first question. Having a Masters of 100 GRT but no experience in this field what position would be reasonable for me to apply for? Obviously not master as I don't have the experience but what about Mate or Apprentice Mate?
My next question is, knowing that I want to work in this industry, what can I do over the next year to get the most out of my license? Such as endorsements, STCWs, etc. I've read through the CFR and can't seem to get a straight answer. I've had extensive training being in the USCG but I'm not sure which ones I can carry over to my license.
Any and all help will be greatly appreciated and thanks in advance to the input!