Stewing a little and having a moment of frustration as I realize that in order to ship out as an AB (just finished acquiring one) with the Seattle IBU (coastwise tugs), I have to have RFPNW. I had thought for a moment of delusion that the tugs might be under 200 tons, or for some other reason might not need ABs with RFPNW. Anyhow, they aren’t hiring OS. And I have about 4 days of time aboard vessels greater than 100 tons, so RFPNW is not in my near future.
What is in my near future is plenty of inland time on less than 100 ton vessels, at least duing the summers (winters are slow). Which is great, but as some people have said on here, can be a dead end. Of course, if I could get time on a 100+ or 200+ ton vessel on an inland route, that would be the answer to my prayers. There just don’t seem to be that many of em. The escort tugs are full up, the puget sound ferrys have a waiting list a mile long, etc.
So. Ramble, ramble. I got to thinking about the size of some of these “under 100 ton” vessels that run inland routes. Some of them are pretty dang big.
Got me thinking about the lack of entry level positions in outside work, the availability of work on inland vessels, and the regulatory flexibility that allows the vast majority of those inland vessels stay under 100 tons. Which, in turn, puts the mariner looking to fulfill his STCW training requirements in a hard spot.
To make this tread more interesting, I thought people could post the “largest” under 100 ton vessel they know of.
[B]Spirit of Yorktown
[/B][B]Gross Tonnnage:[/B] 97
[B]Length (ft.):[/B] 257
[B]Beam (ft.):[/B] 43
International tonnage? 2,354