Looking for short rotations




Nope. The fast catamarans are “T-EPFs”. TSVs are training support vessels; a former T-AGOS, T-ATF, and two torpedo retrievers.


Have you looked into JW Wescott (mail boat) or the Pilot boat? Both near the Ambassador Bridge.
Also, Andrie and Grand River have 30 day rotations I think.


I was thinking of the army fast support catamarans that are (were?) called TSVs. IIRC the first one was a converted former civilian fast ferry. I know the navy is making use of similar ships but I haven’t kept up with the development of either program.


WA State Ferries or Alaskan Ferries have short rotations . wa your home every night. Ak you are two weeks on two off I believe


Navy and Army jointly chartered Incat hull 050 as HSV X-1 Joint Venture and each operated her for two periods of several months in rotation. My brother was skipper on the Navy rotations. He wasn’t very happy when the Army gave it back with a broken stabilizer foil after hitting a whale with it.

The next one the Navy had (bought outright I think) was turned over to another country and spectacularly ruined by a missile.


TSV was the original name of the program. It stood for Theater Support Vessel.
Who knew the military was such a big supporter of the arts.:roll_eyes:



Crowley ATBs are SIU. Good company to work for. Good pay. 28/28. Company pays for travel and will fly you from anywhere in the US.


Little Creek is around Norfolk VA. Would agree that tugs/ ATBs are a good bet. OSVs should be picking up shortly and 28/28 typical, used to be 28/14, but things changed for the better, downside is anything over 80 m is going DP, so as already stated that is helpful. Assume any clearance has expired, if not grab something US gov to have “S” renewed, otherwise interim clearances are only stopgap and are lost if you change companies. CapnGeorge’s comment about the TSV/SWATH hulls sounds like a good possibility. I’m AMO and as far as I am concerned AMO will get you a job sooner than the other two officer unions and has improved since you left, would like to see ya come back, the oil field refugees will probably be leaving soon.


Memel, I was wondering if you know if AMO has any short rotation jobs available? Anything up in the lakes with quick in/out? I’m definitely open to suggestions, as AMO was good to me while I was in.


There are always breakouts for the MSC ROS ships like the LMSRs. The trend in the last few years as in the overall merchant fleet is majority MSC contract or owned ships with everything that involves such as clearances, sometimes only for top 4 sometimes for all the licensed. The deck positions overwhelmingly are for C/M or Master and mostly ROS. The watchstanding positions are rarely advertised as they are grabbed up immediately and usually offered internally. Occasional 60/90 day relief jobs. Best bet is when you are back in the union, let dispatch know that you need to spread your resume around, as long as you keep them in the loop they actually encourage you to do so, as long as you let them know who you are contacting, otherwise you leave yourself open to “backdoor shipping” charge. Best bet is to contact the company you previously sailed with and re-establish that connection. No surprise there are 4:1 engineering versus deck openings.