First off, gCaptain has been a HUGE resource for me when I was getting my TWIC and MMC earlier this year. I really appreciate the place and enjoy all the advice and experience on here and hope one day to be able to contribute something to it as well.
Now to my point, I’m 22 years old and have had my credentials and TWIC since March. And since March have sent approximately 20 applications to Tug and OSV companies with no luck in finding entry level work. My brother’s been with Reinauer for about 10 years and said when he started it was as simple as knocking on a Company’s door with a packed bag to find a deckhand gig. I’m just wondering is the maritime work pool THAT full with qualified folks that us green guys are not really needed or this the normal procedure? I’m looking to get into the engine room down the road but it sure is hard getting the necessary experience standing on the shore. At this point I’d be happy with just securing a phone interview. Any other OS’s having these issues?