New poster here with some limited maritime experience- please be patient with silly questions.
I’ve worked on harbor ferries (Boston) for several years, but will be relocating to the Seattle area and am interested in moving to tugs and have a few questions:
Odd question: I will need to upgrade my license (a process I more or less understand) as it appears most tug companies ask for 1600…but I think most tugs aren’t really close to 500 let alone 1600. So, is sea time for GT credited as tug+barge or what? Where do I get time for a 1600 in the towing industry?
Do harbor tugs in Seattle (Foss, Crowley, Olympic…) tend to work days or on a rotation? I ask as I recently discovered Boston Towing is on days, which I didn’t expect but is ultimately desirable down the road after the upgrade. I expect these harbor jobs are lower paying than ocean/coastal towing jobs, but are they highly competitive in Puget Sound?
Wife’s question: “Are you going to miss the birth if we have a baby?” Stemming from the rotation question, how do companies normally handle such extraneous circumstances (birth is one, but maybe my mom’s sick or something else). I’m assuming paternity leave is out haha. I assume you or the company tries to find a replacement otherwise you’re stuck…?
Appreciate any input you may have.