To get into the ferry system you need a US Merchant Mariners Credential (MMC)and a Transportation Workers Identity Card (TWIC). They run around 300 bucks for both if I remember correctly, you can find info online. While you’re doing that, stop by the hall in SF it’s on 450 Harrison. It’s the Sailors Union of the Pacific but the Inland Boatmans Union (IBU) is also there. You can talk to the dispatcher and sign up in the book for the next class, you dont have to have all your documents to sign up, but you will before the class starts. You will be informed when it is 2 to 3 weeks in advance. You could get in right away or have to wait a year but its the beginning of the year and this industry is really taking off, so I’m thinking you can get in before the summer. Depends on the needs to fill jobs, and how many people have been showing up in the hall. If you have other credentials and sea time, you MAY be able to skip the class and get called if they’re real desperate. After that, you bid on jobs in the hall, but were getting ahead of ourselves. Start with MMC and TWIC and pay the hall a visit, I’m not sure how the non citizen stuff works so they may have more info on that too. Anyway good luck, and get in soon. That goes for anyone else in the area that’s happening to read this and wondering if they can get in. I was just chatting with a guy this morning about how many more deckhands they’re gonna need in the next 5 years or so. The expansions taking place and that are planned are vast.