I was looking at a pilot job today that requires 2 years of “command
time” on ships of unlimited tonnage, tug boats or offshore vessels
greater than 1600tons. You get 10 points of credit for unlimited or tug time and only 5 points for offshore time. I currently have my Master’s Unlimited (and DP certificate) but no command time so my questions are:
What do I need to do (as far as the USCG is concerned) to get my towing endorsement?
Can I get my towing endoresment aboard an offshore supply vessel?
(here’s a twist on [the past conversation](http://gcaptain.com/maritime/forum/comments.php?DiscussionID=30" title="Hawsepiper Crossover)) <font size="3]How would a <strike>1600 ton master</strike> Chief Mate,
who recently got his <strike>3rd mate</strike> Master’s unlimited, make the leap into <strike>the
bluewater</strike> offshore supply (or harbor tug)? And how much do <strike>3rd mates</strike> workboat captain’s really make? … also what is the work schedule?</font>