Obviously this was written before the price of oil hit $40bbl and right when our wonderful megabanks F’d the US economy.
Still I don’t believe these companies when they claim dire shortage…they are just too damned picky.
I’ve got a MOTV endorsement with an unlimited master and I couldn’t even get considered for mate on a large ATB because I don’t have a PIC. How hard would it be for a company to hire me, get me on their barges as an observer until I got the few transfers required? The whole thing could be done in a month but they don’t want to pay to train!