Hows it goin there lads. I’ve recently moved to New Jersey USA from Ireland where I worked on refrigerated shipping containers and I’m wonderin if there’s any kind of work to be had here that would let me travel back home once and a while. I’ve worked on the containers aboard docked ships and the docks themselves but never at sea. I’ve all my papers and such so I have American citizenship as well as British. What research I’ve done has confused me more than helped. Not askin for a map just a point in the right direction. Ta.
Failte, a chara. By all your papers, do you mean your seaman’s papers (US)? Or just passport and such?
Aye just the passports and working rights. I take it I’ll be needing these seaman’s papers then though.
Search on here for MMC and TWIC. those are the acronyms for the Merchant Mariner Credential issued by the US Coast Guard. and the Transportation Worker Identification Credential.
I am not sure how things are structured these days, but it is a safe bet that those working on container maintenance while underway are from the engine department. I know that whey I sailed as Day Third with SeaLand some 30 years ago, about 30% of my time was spent up on deck attending to problems with the reefer containers. I don’t know that there is a position just for container maintenance onboard a Vessel, unless there is a riding crew doing the work, separately from the Vessel’s crew.
The last container ship I sailed on was with APL. They had a reefer tech out of the MFOW working them. They were a member of the engine department. They raked in the dough as well. Lots of OT in port plugging and unplugging boxes
[QUOTE=brjones;56558]The last container ship I sailed on was with APL. They had a reefer tech out of the MFOW working them. They were a member of the engine department. They raked in the dough as well. Lots of OT in port plugging and unplugging boxes[/QUOTE]
I would have, too; but this was on an SL-7 and there were two Day Thirds. Still did pretty good on the OT, though.