I am a wiper having zero luck finding that first gig. My only on board experience is on smaller working vessels (30-40ft.) in the Chesapeake bay, primarily my own. My opinion: I’ve defiantly done 180 days of Wiper work to sit for QMED.
Question: could I use form CG719s to log 180 days of “engine room” time? These smaller vessels don’t have an engine room technically and while working alone on a daily basis, you’re the Capt., deckhand, and engineer.
I’m not trying to exploit any loophole or be dishonest in any way. I want to enroll myself in a QMED program and they seem to have a prerequisite of 180 days sea time in the engine room.
I would be perfectly happy starting as a wiper but demand seems low.
SIU–I don’t think so. Both of my sons went through and it takes about one full year to get a paying job. Great for a 20 yr old, not so much for a 40 yr old. Plus, that cluster-F of a “boot camp”…I already went through boot camp.
MSC–my impression here is it’s great but I’ll never see my wife again.
I took the great advice from the “G”: get your paperwork in order (md,twic,and bst), pack your bags and head to the GoM. I spent a week in La. Last Aug. And nothing. And yes, I know, oil below $50/bbl=no bueno.
Thanks if you have any insight to the question way up at the top.