Hello all! New to the forum and looking for some advice and hopefully to get a few questions answered.
I’ll start with some background info.
I am 37 years old and would love nothing more than a career at sea. I worked on a commercial fishing boat out of Stock Island(in the Florida keys) in the early 90’s. I have always loved the water but never pursued a career because of my wife. Well I got rid of the wife after 15 years of marriage, so now I am free to travel and do whatever I wish.
My problem is that I was convicted of robbery without a weapon(strong-arm robbery) and served 42 months in prison. I got out of prison in June of this year and I know that I have to wait 5 years before applying for a TWIC.
I would like to know if anyone here has had any experience with the waiver process?
I will have to wait a couple years to get my life in order and get together some good work and character references before I can show rehabilitation and try to get a waiver of course. I am just trying to get a feel for what my chances would be.
If I do have to wait the the entire 5 years, what kind of obstacles would I have to overcome because of my conviction in order to get the TWIC, MMC, and any other certifications/endorsements?
Would I have any chance of getting a job if/when I am able to get the proper licenses?
What kind of work would be my best choice for getting a job?
What options do I have for employment on the water if I am unable to get the TWIC and MMC?
I am not concerned too much with pay or spending long periods at sea. I am single and have no ties to keep me on-shore. I just love the ocean and would give anything for a chance to spend the rest of my life surrounded by it. All advice, information, criticism, and suggestions will be greatly appreciated.