I’m not sure you are set on tugs or not and where you live. If you live down south I would come down and spend two days hitting the companies down here that require AB’S. Being X military and already having a 500 tons Masters ocean you most likely will get sccoped up just so another company doesn’t get you, plus you could take a little vacation in the Big Easy. Some of of the ones I would swing into and fill out an app is, Chouest, GOL, Abbadon Carisle (sp?), Gulfmark, Harvey (Tugs) , H.O.S. and Otto Candies. There are more companies but these are the ones in the area that I can think of and has 500 ton boats and larger. They also have smaller boats but I’m sure you will want to go up. Aries Marine is another but they are in Layfette.
COME DOWN AND TRY TO TALK TO THEM IN PERSON. Filling an app out on line doesn’t work well from my experience, maybe two or three years ago online apps might have worked but now they can choose who they want. Most of the ones I posted pay their AB Riggers around $300/day (not sure about ACO).
Also did the USCG give you credit for your advance Fire fighting?