Did a search but didn’t find what I was looking for, so here goes:
I hold a Master of Towing Vessels upon Western Rivers, Inland Waters and Great Lakes with an Inland Radar Observer endorsement.
I have been laid off for the second time this year(small companies) and decided to look at offshore opportunities. My dad was a seagoing tug captain from my birth until I was a senior in high school. He is the reason I got into the towing industry.
I always wanted to do the offshore thing, but the western rivers thing was available to me at the right time so that’s the route I took.
I would like to get into offshore towing or OSVs, but the offshore realm has a whole different vocabulary of acronyms that are above my knowledge. I emailed the NMC with my question, but the response I got (take exam, get mate endorsement for route you want, ride 90 days, TOAR, reapply for master) seems a little too succint. I have no experience with towing astern, which makes me think I would need to start at the bottom with a towing company that does that. Can any of you guys point me in the right direction for guidance or give me a no sh***er on how to go about this change in direction. Thanks in advance.