I am very interested in starting a career in the Maritime industry, but am mixed up on the way to proceed. I have been doing some research and have learned about both MITAGS and SIU training center (Piney Point, MD), both are in my home state. I have also learned of a few of the Maritime Academy’s, but am not certain I can afford it. A little bit about myself; I am 22 years old and not exactly rich. I was thinking of attempting the way of the hawsepipe and from there, saving up to go to school (Texas A&M-Galveston) to attempt a higher license with a degree. What would some of the members suggest?
simply put, it will take you less time going through a maritime school to get an unlimited license (mate or engineer) and then 1600T master than going the hawsepipe route to get the same thing.
USCG has made it incredibly hard and expensive to get unlimited license. it take lots of seatime to go from OS to limited AB to unlimited AB and then 3/M (and i would imagine same on E/R side).
it may take you as much as 7 yrs to get your license going the hawsepipe route. when you’re not at work you will be going to classes that can be very expensive if you’re paying for them. taking out loans to go to TAMUG maybe not be much different. but you’ll be done in 4yrs and you’ll have a degree. i only give TAMUG as an example b/c it’s most likely the
i say get a short time job on a ship (most likley non-union) or OSV so you can get a taste of sea going like to see if you think that future is worth the investment. but having said that there are many facets to the industry. tugs, ships, oil patch, ferries, etc.
for what it’s worth, avoid the SIU. just not good long term on the deep sea side.
the GOM is probably where the best future is.