Longtime reader and big fan of gCaptain. I’ve read all threads I can find on the matter, and am hoping that you all can help clarify and/or find a workaround for my situation:
The licensing process has been long, costly and tedious, but I recently received my AB, and am interested in working in the PNW/Alaska region as deck on Tug/Workboat or WA Ferries.
I went to register at IBU, and was basically told that my AB ticket didn’t mean $%#, that I needed a laundry list of additional endorsements, and that if I’m not eligible to enter Canada, then “maybe this isn’t the industry for you”. That was not the scenario I had hoped for, and I walked out of there feeling pretty demoralized. I’ve since re-grouped and am moving forward in the hope that I can still break into the industry in this region.
What the nice lady at IBU told me I needed:
[li]RFPNW – In the process of acquiring currently [/li][li]VPDSD – Will take the class and acquire [/li][li]AB Seafarer Deck – in concert with RFPNW [/li][li]Ability to enter Canadian waters – THIS is the part that I’m trying to work around…(alcohol related vehicle conviction…NOT a DUI however, if that makes any difference) [/li][/ul]
While the additional endorsements are another PITA, I can acquire them with [B]more[/B] time and money. The Canada issue, however, leaves me with questions:
[li]Is a Temporary Resident Permit (TRP) a viable work-around for entry? [/li][li]Is it worth the time/money to even register with IBU, given the conviction? [/li][li]Are my employment options, industry-wide, severely limited? [/li][/ul]
I understand that the industry is in somewhat of a “gloom and doom” phase at the moment, but I’ve gotta believe that I’m not the only person who is/has this type of situation. How are sailors working around the problem??
Thanks for your ideas, experience and input!