I'm New.. HELP!

I am in need of some help. I’m wanting to start a career in maritime work. I’m not quiet sure how to get into the field. I’ve looked online and I am a bit confused as to what the requirements for TWIC and MMC stuff, and what else I’d need. Or even how to approach to just start at the bottom and go from there. I understand its not like the movies where I can just show up and ask for a job. I just need some pointers and insight on how to get started. I’m not concerned with being on an american or foreign ship. Just want to see if I have what it takes for the job. Any and all replies are welcomed.

There has to be 100’s of pages of information spelling stuff out on here, use the search and you couldnt read it all in 1 day. Go to the NMC website and look at the requirements for an original application for an MMC. Twic is pretty self explanitory, but you need one before you can apply for an MMC. Google Twic centers in your area and set up an appointment, all the info is on the website.

[QUOTE=aofwren;159763]I am in need of some help. I’m wanting to start a career in maritime work. I’m not quiet sure how to get into the field. I’ve looked online and I am a bit confused as to what the requirements for TWIC and MMC stuff, and what else I’d need. Or even how to approach to just start at the bottom and go from there. I understand its not like the movies where I can just show up and ask for a job. I just need some pointers and insight on how to get started. I’m not concerned with being on an american or foreign ship. Just want to see if I have what it takes for the job. Any and all replies are welcomed.[/QUOTE]

Larry Page & Sergey Brin invented something called “Google” just for situations like this, which made them billionaires, so you are not alone.

Read below. Every mariner would do the same. Processes can always change, so you need to make sure by reading below to be up-to-date, and nobody will do it for you. Simple as that.

http://www.tsa.gov/stakeholders/frequently-asked-questions-0

http://www.uscg.mil/nmc/credentials/default.asp

It would appear that gCaptain is in desperate need of a “so you want to be a merchant mariner?” button. Seriously, how often does this same thread get started? Have the above links attached.

[QUOTE=aofwren;159763]I am in need of some help. I’m wanting to start a career in maritime work. I’m not quiet sure how to get into the field. I’ve looked online and I am a bit confused as to what the requirements for TWIC and MMC stuff, and what else I’d need. Or even how to approach to just start at the bottom and go from there. I understand its not like the movies where I can just show up and ask for a job. I just need some pointers and insight on how to get started. I’m not concerned with being on an american or foreign ship. Just want to see if I have what it takes for the job. Any and all replies are welcomed.[/QUOTE]

Check out the SIU’s apprentice program. If you live where there is a SIU hiring hall go and check it out and they will help answer some of your questions. BTW, SIU stands for Seafarers International Union.

Lately this forums is full of people trying to enter the industry and seeking advice. Its ironic that its the worst time in several years to find a boat job.

Ask a guy called “C Captain” …

Best of luck

Yes C.Captain will hook you up. He is probably the “most knowledgeable and powerful” mariner out there. He has tons of connections with supply boat companies in the Gulf of Mexico and can get you a job anytime you want one, he’s an awesome guy who likes helping new guys.

Yea also be sure to ask him about a company called Chouest. I’m pretty sure he has an in there.

[QUOTE=dncartersweatte1993;159775]Yea also be sure to ask him about a company called Chouest. I’m pretty sure he has an in there.[/QUOTE]

Yup, i hear he golfs with Nicky Collins every Friday

If you had bothered to look in the “Maritime Employment” section you would have seen this sticky thread:

http://www.gcaptain.com/forum/maritime-employment/9158-read-job-includeing-graduated-cadets.html

Mcdonalds in NY are gona be making $15 an hour soon. No TWIC needed

And c.captain is showing admirable restraint :rolleyes:. Also there is always the academy route - KP is on his list also.

[QUOTE=Capt. Phoenix;159778]If you had bothered to look in the “Maritime Employment” section you would have seen this sticky thread:

http://www.gcaptain.com/forum/maritime-employment/9158-read-job-includeing-graduated-cadets.html[/QUOTE]

These sorts of threads should be closed quickly, perhaps with that link included in the “thread closed” post. The maritime industry particularly demands people who are strong self-starters and know how to research and figure things out for themselves. Now, if someone interested in breaking into the industry does the research, and still has specific questions–“Hey, what is it actually like working on (insert class of vessel here), what is it actually like working for (insert company here)?” then I don’t see the problem, but starting off with basic, generic questions like the OP did is just pointless and doesn’t bode well for the questioner’s viability in this industry.

It’s like going onto a law forum and asking, “How do I become a lawyer?” And I’m sure such questions are treated in much the same way as they are here on gCaptain.

[QUOTE=Old Sailor;159801]And c.captain is showing admirable restraint[/QUOTE]

thanks for noticing…

Also there is always the academy route - KP is on his list also.

I heartily endorse everyone attending the USMMA…they are the preeminent maritime training program on the entire planet…maybe in the entire universe even! Their band is simply world renown and “par excellence” under the direction of its highly esteemed leader. Everyone attending KP needs to join the band to take advantage of the once in a lifetime experience of participating in one of their “Beat Retreats” every fall. It is a memory which a person will hold dear as they battle the raging seas after they graduate as an unlimited master and take command of their first merchant vessel upon entering the industry.

[QUOTE=dncartersweatte1993;159775]Yea also be sure to ask him about a company called Chouest. I’m pretty sure he has an in there.[/QUOTE]

simply the best in every way possible…no company treats their mariners with the respect of ECO. At such skill and knowledge they have amassed there as a result. Nowhere with you find better qualified mariners (especially in their Arctic operations)…I hear their doors are open to anyone these days and would be happy to give the OP my ringing referral for employment there. As an OS today, he’ll be a fully capable U/L master in 6months!

[QUOTE=c.captain;159805]thanks for noticing…

I heartily endorse everyone attending the USMMA…they are the preeminent maritime training program on the entire planet…maybe in the entire universe even![/QUOTE]

So does this mean your gonna hook our new buddy up with a job? Its funny he hasn’t come back to check/post to the thread again.

[QUOTE=awulfclark;159804]It’s like going onto a law forum and asking, “How do I become a lawyer?” And I’m sure such questions are treated in much the same way as they are here on gCaptain.[/QUOTE]

I thought there was some form of filter in place for new members to post?

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[QUOTE=bcoogan23;159806]So does this mean your gonna hook our new buddy up with a job?[/QUOTE]

I do need someone to suction out the bilges of the ORCA

Its funny he hasn’t come back to check/post to the thread again.

he has obviously discovered the many pointy sticks which lay in wait for his type. I just wished they would read some threads before shooting off their big Bazoos and embarrassing themselves so.

[QUOTE=c.captain;159805]thanks for noticing…

I heartily endorse everyone attending the USMMA…they are the preeminent maritime training program on the entire planet…maybe in the entire universe even!

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simply the best in every way possible…no company treats their mariners with the respect of ECO. At such skill and knowledge they have amassed there as a result. Nowhere with you find better qualified mariners (especially in their Arctic operations)…I hear their doors are open to anyone these days and would be happy to give the OP my ringing referral for employment there. As an OS today, he’ll be a fully capable U/L master in 6months![/QUOTE]

Ah, wouldn’t it be nice if there was a sarcasm font available for forums. In this case it’s not at all needed.

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[QUOTE=c.captain;159807]I thought there was some form of filter in place for new members to post?[/QUOTE]

Well, that filter doesn’t seem to prevent people asking for free info without doing basic research.

[QUOTE=c.captain;159807]I do need someone to suction out the bilges of the ORCA.[/QUOTE]

And he (and anyone else who starts these threads) should have to do it without benefit of hose or pump.

[QUOTE=awulfclark;159812]And he (and anyone else who starts these threads) should have to do it without benefit of hose or pump.[/QUOTE]

x2. I wish they would get deleted