I have been around these forums for a while reading (like years) but just jumped in now to ask a question that despite an hour or so of searching, think has not been addressed yet (I appologize if it has been as I know there are dozens of “want a new career” type threads here all the time).
I spent a year at Mass. Maritime and left to pursue a degree in the liberal arts (I know, I know…). That was about 5 years ago and I just cannot shake the need to pursue my passion of working deep sea. Like, it is starting to negativley affect my life in as much as I just keep reminiscing about what “could have been” and I do not mean staying at the academy. I was pushed in that direction from the folks when they saw me with the paperwork for SIU Piney Point. I just wanted to work on ships, period. Hence, the disappointment with the academy, it just wasn’t for me…if I wasn’t working on a ship I wasn’t interested and sort of drifted off to other things. With that said, and the understanding that I really wasn’t and am not interested in this for a great salary or being an officer, the logical answer would be to go back towards the OS route, perhaps Piney Point, perhaps something else, but we all know that deep sea is sort of few and far between…
So, with all that background (sorry for the bore…if you are still here) I will get around to my question:
So few US deep sea jobs yet so many ships working deep sea routes…has anyone ever known or heard of one of the large overseas crewing agencies accepting a US MMD OS newbie? I mean, if someone just wants to ship out, would this be possible? I know the horror stories of some of the foreing flag vessels and what happens with the crews, but take for example some of the large lines, like APL, Maersk, Evergreen, etc., would it be possible to obtain employment on those vessels through the crewing agencies such as the large operations in the Phillipines?
It may sound unorthodox, but for a little escapism and the ability to actually do a job you want to do regardless of pay, is it possible?