​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Be a U.S. Merchant Mariner  
This site offers an opportunity to change your life and work in the unique Maritime industry. Have you thought about a  career working on ships and various types of vessels as a U.S. Merchant Seaman ?  I will say that my experience and many of my shipmates that took this path will never regret it. This is a total transition and my page will help you to decide if this is your path. 

 My experience working as a U.S. Merchant Mariner has been very rewarding

 In my opinion working on the water is a unique experience. As a U.S. Mariner you will go into ports all over the world. You will experience moments that will change your life. Those who have sailed on ships can relate to that statement. 

 You can do this for a career or you can also do this to build a nest egg for other ventures. This is one occupation that will give you the opportunity to save money since all is provided on a ship and all expenses are paid. Many successful business men and women received there startup money by working in this very lucrative field. 

 Many answers to your questions are here

 See 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 also work on Tugboats.
                  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 enter this field. You can go through a  Maritime Academy and upon completing a four year program  graduate as a  Licensed Mariner. There are also one year apprenticeship programs available that if selected and upon  completion (usually one year)  you will 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. For those who may have previous sea experience, that experience may transition into ratings. In most cases you can have all credentials required to obtain an entry level position within 45 days. My service teaches you how to start at the bottom and work your way up. It is on the job training ! Make excellent wages while you move up the ladder and into your desired position on a ship.


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  if your able to obtain a passport to do so for more job opportunities.  Regardless, if for any reason you cannot obtain a passport (back child support being the # 1) do not let that discourage you, there are plenty of inland positions that don't require you to have a passport and in a short time you will make enough money to rectify that situation.                                                           

                     You must be able to qualify on your criminal background and your physical condition to obtain a  Merchant Mariner Credential, There are also background requirements to obtain a Transportation Workers Identification Credential ( HOMELAND SECURITY T.W.I.C.). Having a past criminal history does not dis-qualify you from obtaining either of these credentials  or employment as a Merchant Mariner.  With that said there are certain convictions that could delay or disqualify you from obtaining these credentials. MANY convictions have only waiting periods from time of conviction and require that full restitution has been paid to  the court. 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 for many 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.  Prior sea experience while working for foreign Registered ships can be applied towards a rating as a U.S. Mariner. I  can assist with this transition. 

                    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. I have plenty of clients who started in this field in there 50s and 60s

 Prior Military?   You can enter this field with hiring preference. There is no previous sea experience required to enter this field.  You can move up very quickly and acquire ratings through seatime in a particular department.

 Prior Navy or Coast Guard?  Your sea experience / duty assignments may transition into  ratings as a U.S. Merchant Mariner. If you served in either the deck or engineering departments  you may be sitting on a treasure of seatime . Duty assignments such as a  BM, OS, Engineman, Deck Seaman, Quarter Master and Damage Control  to name a few will transition into a rating. For the record cooks are in great demand !

VETERANS WITH DISABILITIES .  You can obtain a 10 point preference working with the Department of Defense and other federal Maritime companies. If your able to work without limitations this is a great opportunity.

How you were discharged from the service is not relevant as it pertains to obtaining the Credentials, Ratings and Employment as a U.S. Merchant Mariner.  Merchant Mariners are civilians and don't fall under the same guidelines of the Military.  How an OTH discharge  MAY affect you is in obtaining hiring preference. These are usally handled on a case by case basis. You have a great opportunity to make this transition. 

                     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. When you obtain higher ratings you will have more control over your time away and your preferred location in the world. You can also include your spouse in your travel experiences.  

                    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. You will be on a rotation. 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 don't want to turn down any opportunities, so be prepared to leave home for an undisclosed amount of time.
                  U.S. Merchant vessels have nice living conditions. They will have a crews  lounge with books and movies available for use. Most all ships have  a workout room.  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 or a base salary. You work seven days a week on a vessel so there is always going to be overtime!  Basically, you will at least double your base salary with the overtime. If a company list that there base salary is $30,000 a year, then you will actually make $60,000 or more with your overtime. It is 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. Go 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. Also,as previously stated this job is one of the few jobs that will help you to save money since everything is provided !

There are three departments on most 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. The Deck dept. maintains the exterior of the ship, like chipping and painting for instance, stand navigational watch on the bridge, assist with cargo movement, responsible for getting the ship to its destination.
                   The Engine Department; Entry level jobs in this department are wipers, engine utilityman. The 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. Your objective is to obtain ratings and move up !

                   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 as quickly as possible and with no delays.
 For this service I  charge a Consulting fee of $1,300.00. If you are not able to pay for my service in full  I will accept my fee in two installments with a $650.00 Deposit up front, and a balance due of $650.00 once you have all your credentials in hand and we start the employment process. There is also an option to apply for a loan for my services through PayPal with no interest for six months. My service includes assisting with putting you to work as entry level Mariner, or a rated Mariner. This includes job leads, assistance gearing your resume towards a Maritime objective, prep for interviews etc.   We do not quit till you have a job !

  I Started this rare consultant service in 2007. I 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 thirteen 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. Below this page are copies of some of my sea service discharges for your observation. You will receive a discharge each time you depart a vessel. This discharge is proof of your sea service and used to move up into a rating.

  In addition to my Consultant Service fee, there are fees to obtain your  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. I provide this rare service to all U.S. States and the following U.S. Territories;

 Puerto Rico, Quam and Saipan

Maritime Credential Fees
U.S. Merchant Mariner Credential Processing Fee = $140.00                
 Transportation Workers Identification Credential (TWIC) = $125.00     
                                                  U.S. Passport = $125.00                                                                                                                                     
                                                   STCW95 Basic safety Training course 5 day = $700.00 to $1,000.00   (depending where you take        the course)   The standard is $850.00                                                                                                   
Total Fees for ENTRY LEVEL Credentials = approximately  $1,200.00
(There is a fee to complete a Physical and Drug screen which normally does not exceed $130.00)

                      There are some companies that offer the STCW basic safety training course when hired. 

                     *I highly recommend you go for the rating if you have previous shipboard experience . 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 ! 

                       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 contributed to the Gulf War effort sailing on ammunition supply ships. In 2000, I attended the (S.T.A.R. Maritime Training Center) in Toledo Ohio to upgrade to a Deck officer. I ended my career working as a Bosun for American Overseas Marine. A Bosun is the highest unlicensed position in the Deck Department. 
                     With my assistance and your motivation you will succeed ! This job could change your life financially, 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.

If you have any questions, I can answer them with accuracy.  
                    If you love the water and like to travel, then this could be the career for you!  Entry level jobs are very obtainable. Rated Mariners are in high demand. Call me to start the process

                   Fair Winds And Following Seas                   
Gene Scandurra   

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