I am looking to make a career change. I have no professional Maritime experience, but grew up on the Jersey Shore and have been around boats my whole life. I’m hoping to get an entry level spot on a tug in the NY harbor. I’m going to apply for my MMD-OS next week. Can apply for my TWIC at the same time? Or do I have to wait until I have a job on a tug? I just figured it would look better going in if I had both documents when applying for a spot.
Also, I’ve come to the conclusion from browsing through these forums that I should hold off on taking an STCW-95 course until I have my AB, because the CG won’t give it to an OS anyway. Is this correct? Or should I take a course anyway?
Any help/info you guys could give me is greatly appreciated! Thanks!