Well I have an opportunity to make a move from the 100 ton “trap” of offshore utility boats to tractor tugs doing LNG work. Im very excited about it and the company is one Ive been trying to get on with for over a year now…lots of possibility to advance my career whether I stay with the tractor tugs or go back offshore.
As a 200GRT NC Master I know that I could take the steersman class, observe 30 days and take a TOAR to become a mate but I choose to work deck as an AB for a little while. Figured since I dont even know any of the terminology involved and its so different than anything Ive ever done that would be the smartest move. Good thing is I dont have any “required” decktime before I can start my upgrade. Simply when I feel comfortable with whats going on. Great part is the AB pay is the same I am making as a captain on a 130 utility boat so it doesnt hurt me at all to take a step back and start in a new direction.
I guess what I would like to know is has anyone else here done something similar to this? What can I expect for a learning curve after 15 yrs with conventional twin screw experience(these are “true” tractors) Anybody done the LNG terminal thing?
Cant wait to learn something new as Ive felt stuck in a rut lately…