Hey gCaptian friends, I was hoping to pick your brains on the best route to the the wheel house. I have not sailed in about 9 years (and no I wasn’t doing the Drill ship thing, I was in am in an unrelated industry), still have my 3/m Unlmt & Stcw,Radar, PIC (need 2 transfer to reinstate) Toar was never 100% completed so prob need to start that over. I have 2 years on tugs (1 on a NY Harbor tug as A/B Deckhand slinging lines and 1 year as A/B Tankerman on an ATB in NY watching tanks fill up). Now that you have the basics here are the questions:
The way my old company did it was Deckhand- Tankerman -2ndMate-Training Mate - then get cut loose as a Mate. I have come to realize not all companies do it this way. Some have manned barges, some don’t move oil barges,etc. Which companies in NY have a similar structure allowing for intermediate positions like A/b tankerman (on the ATB )- Second mate, that allow you to start to train, while also making a bit more than just deckhand pay???
If I was to forego any cargo ops (either by choice or forced) and go with a company that will employ me as a deckhand, given I need a Toar etc. With my (albeit little) experience, how long do you think it will take to become a steering Mate and which company would be the best for this? (This is assuming I am not a complete idiot, fairly likable and hard working, which I am not saying I am, but lets assume the best).
Given the option of either of the two above, which would be the best way of getting to that steering position?
Should I bank on any employers giving credit to the 2 years of tug experience or is that too old?
Thanks for your help guys.