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.
If you want to travel, this is a traveling job! You have be able to leave home for months at a time. You should like the water, and being around the water.You should 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.
Theres no way to determine how long you will be gone at this point. You dont know whose going to hire you, and what the function of the ship is until you get a job. You could be expected to leave up to 4 months, and sometimes more with some companies. If you prefer to work shorter trips then you may want to work in the Gulf or Great lakes or tugs. 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 are more elaborate then others. You get fed very well in this field. You eat like a king. Laundry, bedding, soap are provided. Laptops are nice to have with you on board. Many ships have satellite access.
Most companies offer vacation pay. Some allow you to collect while you on vacation between rotations. Most companies pay you by direct deposit twice a month while your on the ship.Some pay daily rates, and some pay hourly plus OT. You work seven days a week on the boat so theres always OT. When the ship is in port and your working day is done, you can go ashore, and do what you want just be back for work on time the next day. Whats also great about this job is you get long periods of time off. So that gives you lots of quality time that most people NEVER get to enjoy with there busy life schedules.
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 assist people who want to get into this field with obtaining there credentials, Ratings, and employment. I walk you through the process of credentials, Ratings, and then I will assist you with getting on a ship.. This is a rare service. I charge a 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 companies that offer the safety training course when hired. If you have the 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 I highly recommend you go for the rating. Having a rating means more $, more control over where you want to go, and for how long. You can pick and choose. 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 for credential fees = approximately $1,300.00
- Total fee for Consultant Services = $1,200.00 with a $650.00 Deposit required, and a $550.00 balance due when you have all credentials, and we are in the employment phase.
* Here is my background: I have been a Merchant Mariner for 18 years.I started my sailing career working for Military Sealift Command / Dept of Defense. In 1980. I joined the Seafarers International Union In 1991 and contributed to the Gulf War effort working on Union supply ships. I attended the S.T.A.R. Maritime Training Center for officer training.in 2000. 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 get into this field. I have excellent references to prove it, that I will gladly forward upon request.
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, you will succeed, and enjoy a unique occupation that once qualified, and experienced, will 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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