Maritime Consultant Services of Northeast Florida
Be a U.S. Merchant Mariner
Sea the World ! Work on U.S. registered ships as a civilian and become a U. S. Merchant Mariner. Work on Container and Bulk Ships , Oil Tankers, Cruise Ships, Crew and Supply vessels in the Gulf of Mexico. Work along side of the Navy on Naval supply ships. Work on Oceanographic vessels as a U.S. Merchant Mariner. You can work on Tugboats and Ferries.
There is No previous experience required to enter this unique field. Male or Female can obtain the necessary credentials, and employment as U.S. Merchant Mariners.
There are several ways to get into this field. You can enter a Maritime Academy and upon completing a Four year program you graduate as a Licensed Mate or Engineer. There are also one year apprenticeship programs available that if selected and upon completion (usually one year) you receive job placement.
With my assistance, you can obtain the required Credentials and employment without going to an academy or apprenticeship program. You would enter this field as an entry level mariner or a rated mariner if you have previous sea experience that will transition. In most cases you can have all credentials required to get an entry level position within 45 days. My process teaches you how to start at the bottom and work your way up. It is on the job training ! Make $while you move into your desired position, and while your moving up into a rating!
The credentials required to obtain a position as an entry level Mariner on all types of vessels are as follows
1) U.S. Merchant Mariner Credential
2) Transportation Workers Identification Credential (TWIC)
3) STCW2010 Basic Safety Training (five Day course ).
4) You will need a passport if you plan to travel overseas. It is not required for offshore work or most inland positions. I recommend you obtain a passport for more job opportunities. If for any reason you can not obtain a passport, from my experience back child support being the # 1 reason do not let that discourage you, there are plenty of inland positions that don't require one and in a short time you will make enough money obtain a passport / satisfy your support obligation.
You must be able to qualify for a Merchant Mariner Credential, and a Transportation Workers Identification Credential. Having a past criminal history, does not dis-qualify you from obtaining either of these credentials, or employment as a Merchant Mariner. This is the one occupation that will give someone a second chance ! So don't be discouraged in perusing this if you have a criminal background. There are certain convictions that could delay or disqualify you from obtaining these credentials. I can determine if you have any convictions that may cause you a problem by asking you a few questions regarding your background. You also must be able to pass a general physical and drug screen for both Mariner Credential and pre employment. There are waivers available for certain medical conditions. If you have any physical / medical issues don't let that discourage you from perusing this field. I can help answer those concerns by simply knowing the condition.
You must be a permanent resident of the United States to obtain U.S.Merchant Mariner Credentials and employment. You must however Be a U.S. citizen to work for a few Federal Maritime companies. You Prior sea experience while working for foreign Registered ships can be applied towards a rating as a U.S. Mariner. Your experience will transition on your U.S. Mariner Credentials. You will have to meet U.S. Coast Guard requirements to obtain a rating. This is accomplished be producing your foreign sea experience. You will need to show proof of your sea experience from the companies you worked for. The way that is done is through discharges in whatever form they were issued. You may have books , letters, and some are a basic discharge with your position on the ship and the ships information. You should include any training certifications.
There is no age limit to become a U.S. Merchant Seaman. You must however be able to pass a physical for your mariner credential, and pre-employment physical. I have plenty of clients who are in this field in there 50s and 60s.
Prior Military? Thank you for your service. You can enter this field with hiring preference from many of the top Maritime Companies. There is no previous experience to required to enter this field. If you served in the Marines. Army, Airforce, or the Reserves you will enter this field with hiring preference as an entry level Mariner. For the record, you can move up very quickly in this field. You acquire ratings through seatime in a particular department. Prior Navy or Coast Guard? Your sea experience can transition into a rating as a U.S. Merchant Mariner. If you served in either the deck or engin department, you may be sitting on a treasure of seatime that can be applied towards a rating as a Merchant Mariner. BM, OS, Engineman, Deck Seaman, Quarter Master, Damage Control, Cooks to name a few ! These are some of the duty assignment's that will transition. Give this some serious thought. You may have some pertaining sea service that may only require you do just a rotation or two on a ship to obtain a deck or engine room rating. In some cases you can use your GI bill to pay for any training needed to obtain a rating. There has been a leagle battle within the VA and Federal government making the GI bill accessable for Veterans to use for additional requirements to obtain your rating. These are very short courses, they are not very expensive, but required to obtain a Deck Or Engine room rating. I am doing my best to change that. Some Training Facilities have some of the courses covered by the GI Bill and some don't. Regardless, if we need to take a few short 5 and 3 day courses to obtain our rating so be it. You'll make it back in 2 weeks in the field. If we need to bypass the rating just to get you to work then we will go that route. The way I look at it is a company is getting a crew member who is over- qualified for the job ! Also, please do yourself a favor and contact the Veterans administration to see if you qualify for any GI Bill training, many don't know of the post 911 Bill they may have money available for the training courses for a rating. You may be surprised to find out there is $$there for additional training ! Worth the call. Also, don't assume your time for obtaining your GI Bill has expired. There are changes happening with the VA as it pertains to the GI Bill.
How you were discharged from the service is irrelevant as it pertains to obtaining the Credentials, Ratings and Employment as a Merchant Mariner. How an OTH MAY affect you is in obtaining hiring preference, and possibly accessibility to your GI Bill. Prior Military let me Emphasize all OTH Discharges are handled on a case by case basis when applying for a job that offers hiring preference. It is a fact that you have a great opportunity to make this transition. You can still transition your sea experience for a rating. So if you miss the sea or want to go to sea I can make it happen ! This time as a civilian ! Same sea, different experience.
For anyone interested in doing this type of work be prepared to travel. This is a traveling job ! You have be able to leave home for months at a time if your going to get into this line of work. This is something you and your spouse will need to come to terms with. When you obtain higher ratings you will have more control over your time away. You can also make your spouse a part of the experience by having them traveling as you will do. Many times I have gotten off a ship in some country and my wife would be waiting. You definately should like the water, and being around the water. You must be able to live, and work in a confined space. Most important, you have to be able to get along with all types of people and personalities. You do not need to know how to swim!
There is no way to know how long you will be gone until you are hired by a Maritime company. You could be expected to ship for up to four or more months at a time with some companies. If you prefer not to be away for that long of a period, then you work on inland waters such as the Gulf of Mexico, the rivers and great lakes. These are generally short rotations. I will say this, when just starting out, you dont want to turn down any opportunities, so be prepared to leave home for an undisclosed amount of time.
Ships usually have nice living accomodations. Most have a lounge, many have books and movies available for use. Most all ships have some kind of a workout room. Some elaborate others the basics. Laptops are advisable to have with you on board. Many ships have satellite access. Food is provided with choices, and as much as you want. You can gain weight if your not careful !
How you are paid when on a vessel will vary. Some pay daily rates, and some pay hourly. You work seven days a week on a vessel ,so there is always going to be overtime! Basically, you will always at least double your base salary with the overtime. If a company list that they pay $2000 a month, then you will actually make $4000 or more with your overtime. Overtime is never included in the salary listing, it's just easy math to see that the $is in the OT. Direct deposit is how most companies will pay you. Most companies offer vacation pay when your in between rotations. Most offer benefits for permanent employees and there family.
When your on a ship and off work, (your working day is done), you can go ashore and enjoy the fruits of your labor, see the sites, enjoy yourself. Just be back for work on time the next day! That's what is great about this job ! You also get periods of time off. Most people never get to enjoy a month or two off at a time.This job is one of the few jobs that will help you to save money since everything is provided! Most companies pay all expenses for travel to and from with the exception of Crew Boats in the Gulf and Tugs. Some do some don't.
There are three departments on most a ships.
The Steward Department; any entry level Mariner can qualify for this department. If you have cooking experience, cook jobs are plentiful and in demand. This department maintains the interior of the ship, Cleans, takes care of ships supplies, and of course food preparation. Be prepared to have to start in the Steward dept. with some companies. You can transfer to deck or engine dept. from within.
The Deck Department; entry level jobs in this department are ordinary seaman, or deckhands. Deck dept. maintains the exterior of the ship, like chipping and painting for instance, stand watches on the bridge, responsible for getting the ship to its destination.
The Engine Department; entry level jobs in this department are wipers, engine utilityman. Engine department takes care of the engines and all mechanical equipment on board. The way you move up in rating and payscale is through sea time in a department. The engine room has the most ratings, and you can move up very quickly. In just six months of sea time you can obtain your first rating and double your income. Entry level pay will vary, $4000 to $6500 a month as an entry level Mariner. I do have clients who make more. So, that being said a rating can change your life.
I am a Maritime Consultant, and retired Merchant Mariner. I offer this rare service for a fee. I assist people who want to get into this field with obtaining there Credentials, Ratings, and Employment. I walk you through the this process one on one, and as fast as it can be done.
For this service I charge a Consulting fee of $1,200.00. I require my fee up front. I will however work with people in some cases, and break up my fee into two installments with a $650.00 Deposit up front, and a balance due of $550.00 once you have all your credentials in hand. Then we go into the employment phase: That is assisting with putting you to work as entry level Mariner, or possibly a rated Mariner. This includes gearing your resume towards a Maritime objective, prep for interviews ect. We do not quit till you have a job.
I Started this rare consultant service in 2008. I have had, and continue to have great success with helping people break into this field. I will save you allot of time getting through this process, and in many cases money. I will teach you along the way preparing you for shipboard life. . My fees are paid through paypal which is also a great reference for my service going on 8 years as my pay source. I have the highest business rating possible with Paypal as my main pay source. I offer all my credentials and references upon request.
In addition to my Consultant Service fee, there are fees to obtain all Maritime Credentials. These fees are paid by you as you go through this short process. You can do this at your own pace. You will receive full instruction with the option to call me with any questions or issues. My services are provided to all States, including Alaska and Hawaii. I also provide my service to Puerto Rico, Quam and Saipan
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