I’m currently a brown water mate and recently obtained my steersman/apprentice mate license for Inland, Great Lakes and Western Rivers. After over a year of jumping through hoops, I have reason to believe that my company will soon put me in its steersman program.
BUT…I’ve been thinking about making a move to blue water–specifically the Great Lakes. I have enough time for an AB limited and have applied to test. I also plan to get my STCW training over the summer.
I’ll get to the question–should I stick with the brown water or start over on the deck in blue?
–Is is possible to make $60-70,000 as a new hire with an AB Limited, STCW certification but no experience in blue water?
–What are the best companies on the Great Lakes? So far, I’m interested in Andrie and Great Lakes Towing.
–How hard is it to “work up the hawsepipe” on the Great Lakes?
Thanks in advance for any advice/guidance.