Hello, obviously I am new to the forum and I have found it to be very informative. Thank you. I guess I will start off by telling all a little bit about myself. I live on the MS gulf coast, I have owned and operated a commercial shrimp/oyster boat for twelve years. The gross tonnage of the boat is 22 tons. I have spent countless hours on this boat. This commercial fishing industry is all but over for us. With that being said it is time for me to move on.
I have registered for sea school in Bayou Labatre, Al starting in January. It is a ten day course and from what I understand at the end of it I will have my Ab special, stcw and life boat certifications. I have a friend that works in South La that believes he can get me a job on either a jack up barge or crew boat with “no problem” with the certifications I mentioned earlier. I guess my questions are :
Are these certifications what I need to get started in the Maritime Industry. If not, what?
If he cannot get me started with a company is the job market good enough in my area to find my own job with these cert’s?
I “earned” my time on a commercial shrimp boat so is that frowned upon in this industry or is it common and/or acceptable.
Thanks in advance for any and all advice. It will be greatly appreciated as I have done alot of research and it has been alot to take in. Advice from experienced folks will be priceless!