I have always wanted to work on a tug, i’ve been going literally door to door knocking on every maritime company I can find in NYC and haven’t gotten much in the way of work on the water, I recently was offered over 50k to be the daily manager right under the general manager of a major shipyard here in NYC. My question is would taking this job in any way help me towards getting a job on tugs?
I want to go deck but I was an engineer by trade in the USN. I did a similar job but at a navy yard shoreside so I have no sea time. I was thinking maybe I could use this money and time at sea to take engineering classes? Is it possible to move up in the engineering ranks without being on a ship or is sea time the only way? Oh they said they will send me to lots of engine classes so that I know what they are working with, we are talking big engines, not pleasure boats, full on commercial ferries, tugs, and fishing vessels.