I am a screenwriter currently in development of a studio feature set against the backdrop of the merchant marine. Think “Hangover on the High Seas.”
Would anyone be able to lay out for me in simple terms how one would get the necessary credential and join a merchant vessel? What would the first weeks and months be like assuming this is a large, ocean going ship?
As it is now, the studio is picturing something in the vein of “Stripes” where two would-be Naval enlistees are turned away from the “real” Navy and in turn join the merchant marine. Of course, hijinks ensue but our heroes ultimately learn the importance of their jobs and must save the day when a real national emergency somehow crosses their path.
Any help, anecdotes, advice would be invaluable.