Be a U.S. Merchant Marine
See the World ! Work on ships, Tug Boats, Crew and Supply vessels, or Cruise ships. In this industry room and board are always provided. Work for excellent wages in a very unique field. Male or female can enter this field. You do not need any previous experience to become a U.S. Merchant Mariner. You can start as an entry level Mariner.
You can attend a four year Maritime Academy that once completed you enter the field as a licensed Engineer or Deck officer.There are also apprenticeship programs available that can take up to a year or more to complete and offer entry level job placement.
With my assistance, you can obtain the required credentials without going to an academy or apprenticeship program, and obtain employment with a Maritime company as an entry level Mariner. In most cases you can have all credentials required to get an entry level position within 30 days.This is starting at the bottom and working your way up. It is on the job training.
The credentials required to do this are as follows. 1) U.S. Merchant Mariner Credential 2) Transportation Workers Identification Clearance TWIC
3) STCW95 Basic Safety (five Day course ) and 4) Passport
A passport is only required if you plan to travel overseas. It is not required for offshore work or inland positions. I always suggest get a passport, you never know where you may end up for one, and some companies are going to require you have one.
You must be able to qualify for Merchant Mariner Credential, TWIC, and U.S. passport. Just because you can obtain one does not mean you can get the other. Having a past criminal history, does not dis-qualify you from obtaining any of the credentials and employment as a Merchant Marine.This is the one occupation that gives you a second chance.. So don't be discouraged 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 have to be a permanent resident of the United States to obtain U.S.Merchant Mariner Credentials. Prior sea experience while working under foreign flagged ships can be applied towards a rating as a U.S. Mariner. You will need provide proof of the sea service, and must be translated into english for evaluation.
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..Medical issues will not neccessarily disqualify you from obtaining credentials and employment. Depends on the condition, and the ability to work with no restrictions.
Prior Military? Thank you for your service. You can enter this field with hiring preference. Prior Navy or Coast Guard? Your sea experience obtained while serving can be used to obtain a rating as a U.S. Merchant Mariner. If you served in either the deck or engine room department, you may be sitting on a treasure of seatime that can be applied towards a rating as a Merchant Mariner, That means great money, and more control. How you were discharged from the service is irrelevant. Merchant Mariners are civilians. We are regulated by the Department of Transportation under the supervision of the U.S. Coast Guard. So don't let that discourage you. Your sea service will still apply. You can use your GI bill to pay for any training courses required to obtain entry level or rated Mariner Credentials. You have a great opportunity to make the transition.
Do you want 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. You 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. Is this something you can do ?
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. Laptops are nice 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 double your base salary with the overtime. If a company list that they pay $2000 a month, then you will actually make $4000 a month or more with your overtime. 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. When your 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 that will help you to save money since everything is provided!
There are three departments on a ship. The Stewards 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 seatime in a department. The engine room has the most ratings, and you can move up very quickly. In just six months of seatime you can obtain your first rating and double your income. Entry level pay will vary, $4000 to $6500 a month is realistic 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 a rare service. 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. For this service I charge a Consulting fee of $1,200.00. I require a $650.00 Deposit up front, with a balance due of $550.00 once you have your credentials, and we are actively working towards getting an entry level or rated position with a Maritime company. I assist people from all over the country in doing this.. It does not matter where you live.
. I will not be able to assist you, if you can not qualify for the credentials. I can determine that by talking with you, and asking a few questions about your background and health. I've never had anyone denied there credentials that I've assisted.
In addition to my consultant fee, There are fees for your credentials. These fees are paid by YOU as you go through the process. The fees for all credentials are as follows
There are some companies that offer the safety training course when hired. We will discuss this when we start this process. If you have previous boat experience with qualifying seatime, and want to go for a rating, there will be additional short courses required, and fees. If you have pertaining seatime from the Navy or Coast Guard and wish to transition that towards a rating as a Merchant Mariner there will be some additions requirements and fees. I highly recommend you go for the rating if you have the seatime. Having a rating means more money, and more control over where you want to go, and for how long. You can pick and choose basically. For instance, I hate the cold, so I only sailed to warm places !
- U.S. Merchant Mariner Credential Processing Fee = $140.00
- Physical and Drug screen for Mariner Credential = $100.00
- Transportation Workers Identification Clearance = $130.00
- U.S. Passport = $120.00
- STCW95 Basic safety Training course 5 day = $700.00 to $900.00 (depending where you take the course)
- Total Fees for Credentials = approximately $1,300.00
* Here is my background:
I worked as a U.S. Merchant Mariner for 18 years. I started my Maritime career in 1980 working for Military Sealift Command / Department of Defense. In 1990. I joined the Seafarers International Union, and in 1991, I contributed to the Gulf War effort by working on amunition supply ships as a Union member. In 2000 I attended the S.T.A.R. Maritime Training Center for officer training. I ended my career working as a Bosun for American Overseas Marine. A Bosun is the highest unlicensed position in the Deck Department.
I Started this consultant service in 2008. I have had, and continue to have great success with helping people obtain careers as Merchant Mariners.. I have excellent references, and I will gladly forward them to anyone upon request. This is not a scam in away way. This is an opportunity !
Im asked all the time if theres any guarantee that if I get these credentials that I will get a job. The answer is with my help, and your motivation and persistence, you will succeed ! This job could change your life, and give you the opportunity to live and travel all over the world.
Give me a call and we will determine if this is right for you. Entry level jobs are very obtainable. Rated Mariners are in high demand. If you would like to use my service, I will make sure you have everything you need to succeed, and be there throughout your sailing career.
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