With all of the up to date knowledge gCaptain visitors and contributors have, I hope some of it can be shed on the process of completing a TOAR.
I have a 1600 Ton Mate license and knocked off some of the TOAR checkoffs. Now I am to the point that I need to dock the tow, maneuver the tow in and out of port and the like. The problem is, I can’t get a job as a Mate until I have my TOAR completed and I can’t get my TOAR completed until I get a job that allows me to maneuver the tug and tow. I have sailed with Designated Examiners, but they’re not to keen on letting someone low on the totem drive the tow around the harbor. Plus, everyone has a job on a tug and I can’t be in the wheelhouse and handling lines on deck at the same time.
From your perspective, how quickly and easily can one get there TOAR signed off while working in the industry? What companies are offering training programs to complete a TOAR?
I much appreciate any insight and input you all have.