I’ve been combing these archives as part of my research of maritime industry job openings, particularly in the Gulf, but also as a means of sifting through all the current requirements for various carreer paths. I’m really thankful to Kingfishy and Capt Lee for your valuable insights in other posts. I’m trying to find the best way to use what I’ve got (100-ton NC Master with primarily yacht delivery and charter experience) and make to best break into the commercial realm. I went ahead and got STCW BST and my MMD, but only OS rating.
I’m thinking of getting my AB special, basically a gimme with my 100-ton license, just outlay for a class and some paperwork. But…I really want to head down in the engine room, but the Qmed time requirement is a little beyond what I’ve got right now.
What I’m tied up with now is should I go ahead and spend the cash to get more training - AB and Lifeboatman, or stay the course and keep emailing resumes, hire a recruiter, or just head over to LA / AL / TX for a couple weeks to sniff around, in yachts the best jobs to be had are got by showing up not calling up - is it the same over there?
Another rumour I’ve heard is that the hiring has slowed over there since the region is catching itself after Katrina. Tugs hiring at $3000/day are going for $2000 now, that sort of thing. Thoughts?