Just moved to Baton Rouge and looking to make my way into commercial maritime from tall ships.
I’ve worked as a deckhand and bosun/2nd mate on schooners (all) over 100 ft, so I think I have a decent foundation in seamanship and line handling pertaining to larger vessels. Also earned my 100-Ton Master Inland/200-Ton Mate NC recently and have my OS and STCW certificates as well.
I’m willing to start as an OS or deckhand and work my way up. I qualify as an AB Special and can spend the money and obtain it someplace like Sea School, but I’ve noticed that some of the bigger companies like Chouest have classes of their own (for free). Any input?
Not quite sure what would be better for me - offshore supply vessels or inland tugs/barges - would rather keep it semi-local and establish some kind of life ashore in Baton Rouge. I know there’s lots of options with types of boats, days on/off, etc. I’m sure some are better than others. I’m single with no kids, so that doesn’t factor. I’m also 48, which is why I’m looking for some kind of stability long-term. I’m in good physical shape and have held my own for the past couple of years with 20-somethings on tall ships. Notwithstanding, I’d like to make it to the bridge within 3-5 years if possible.
Have put in with a few dozen companies online - mostly on or around the Rt. 1 corridor. No reply, so far. I figure I’ll probably have to beat some pavement soon.
Appreciate all the knowledge I’ve obtained reading thread after thread in gCaptain. Really good stuff. If some of you could send a few crumbs my way, I’d be more than grateful!