I recently went over 20 and am considering retiring and possibly looking for a job on an inland tug or at least have the option available. I have a basic understanding of the license requirements, but was wondering if anyone may have some insight on how to convert my Coast Guard experience and training into a MMD.
I have 9.5 yrs sea time on 4 cutters, all below 4,000hp. I was a EOW on all 4 and enlisted at the time, FN-EMC. My understanding is that since I was EOW, that would qualify as 3rd assistant engineer time. But right now I only want to pursue a DDE since I’m looking for inland tugs and would be the only engineer on board. Would it be worth pursuing an higher license at all?
My recent sea time (last 3years) will expire in June. So if I understand it correctly, I will need to have a CPR and First Aid class before applying. I have attended two different basic/advanced firefighting courses but they were well beyond the 5 year limit. Does anyone know if I will have to take a new firefighting course before applying? Also can I take the DDE exam before I submit my application? Looks like I need to have this all done by June before my recent sea time expires.
It seems it was much easier enlisting than applying for a MMD.