So I’m an AB limited with ~600 days of sea time on coastwise tankers, mostly with a big, respectable company here in the states. It’s been my goal to get on tugs and hawespipe my way into a captain spot sometime in the distant future.
I’ve stayed on ships in order to get enough time for an unlimited 3M license…just to keep my options open and to make me more hireable.
In a perfect world I would get on with Mcallister or Moran in Jacksonville, where I live, specifically. But I don’t have any connections there and they don’t seem to ever post jobs on their websites.
I do, however, have connections at Kirby Offshore and Vane Brothers. I would love to start in any position at either company and hopefully work my way up to tankerman and hopefully the wheelhouse after that, as I already have my Tankerman PIC (ship) and a few classes towards my license, with more to be taken in the future.
My question is this:
If I spend a few years on an ATB, with Kirby or Vane, moving a barge around, would that experience translate to ship assist type work? Like a lot of guys I’d like to work where I live and captain a ship assist tug. I’m still young and have many, many years before I’m in a position to be captain, but I’d like to set myself up as best as possible to make my goals come to fruition.
Coming from ships the whole tug world is a little foreign…any thoughts/insight are welcomed.
Thanks in adance.