[QUOTE=tugsailor;76539]I am not familiar with how your company does things. That said, most companies of that caliber (very good companies) either operate their own schools or send their crew to other license prep schools. Presumably, they’ll explain how they do things at your orientation or it will be in an employee handbook.
I have not seen your seatime and I don’t claim to know a lot about license requirements, but it appears to me that with 90 days of recency (maybe only 60 — 12 hour days) you can probably get at least Master 100 tons (maybe even 200) Oceans, and Mate 500 tons Oceans (without any OSV only restrictions) with the seatime that you already have. The OSV is a restriction, not extra authority —avoid OSV restrictions if possible.
The AB seatime that you are about to get will at least count toward your AB unlimited, and toward Mate 1600. You already have two thirds of the unlimited tonnage time that you will need for unlimited third mate, if it turns out that some of your future tug time does not count toward that, so what?
If whatever license prep your company provides seems too slow in coming for you, just go to one of the inexpensive schools in Louisiana on your time off and pay for it yourself. You can get the Master 200 tons Oceans through an exam right at the school without even having to test at the Coast Guard. The way most schools do it, you’ll take a one week course for Master 100, then another one week course for an upgrade to Master 200. The 500 ton mate course is probably just a couple of weeks. The celestial course is usually two to four weeks for the oceans endorsement.
If you prove yourself to be a good hand, and you can get the Master 200 ton license, I suspect that your company will probably fast track you for training and advancement after that.
Stop worrying about the tonnage of the tugs, tankerman endorsements, radio licenses, and all that other stuff. Its not important to you now. You will be getting tug seatime and once you have a Mate 500 ton license you can probably start working on your TOAR.
When you go to the licensing expert, he’ll probably tell you that I’m all wrong , and that you can get even more.
You are actually in an exceptionally good position for a guy just starting out in the industry. In fact, you should be worried that you may advance much faster than you really should.[/QUOTE]
Ref above, That’s why I took the AB-Limited. I was told I could goto the 100 ton / 200 ton route. I CHOSE to take the AB instead then work up. I did not want to be a Paper Captian-dipshit. - or a guy that has a “200 ton license” that dosen’t know my butt from a hole in the ground. While at my AB,STCW,Lifeboatman school I sat in on the 100-200 ton classrooms looking at the work they were doing in the eve’s, guess what? it was stuff I had done before. :~) Later, after I have some recent real world exp. I’ll move up. So I won’t be a paper mate-dipshit. The exp. I get as an AB will pay off in the long run.
Also being I need 90 days(AB) to qual for the 500 mate it was the right choice(luckly) So now I have a path somewhat laid out, I just need to do the hard work (school,testing AND being a bang-up AB) to reach it. I was intrested in the engerneering side of things but based on this, looks like the deck is where I’m headed.