So this is a really weird, but general question about the nature of US merchant mariners, licensed or otherwise, working in foreign employment. During my time at the Academy I was told by multiple people that US merchant mariners with STCW certified credentials/licenses, can work on foreign flagged and owned vessels. However, how does that actually work? I know for a fact that foreign mariners can work on US vessels, but does the same apply in opposite?
How do you even begin to apply for something like that, and does that mean that our credentials are recognized by the governments of certain nations? Is there a registry for this sort of thing that can be checked out? Does this apply to officers to? Does it only apply to certain countries, like Australia, or Japan?
If anyone could provide some answers to these questions it’d be much appreciated. For reference I’m not looking to be employed in a foreign capacity and I know its not nearly as lucrative or preferable to working in the US, I’m mainly just curious and interested in the possibility.