Maritime Consultant Services of Northeast Florida
Be a U.S. Merchant Mariner
See The World! Work on U.S. Registered Ships as a U.S. Merchant Seaman. There is No previous experience is required to enter this unique field. Male or Female can obtain the necessary credentials, and employment to become U.S. Merchant Mariners.
There are several ways to get into this field. You can enter a Maritime Academy and in Four years graduate as Licensed Mate or Engineer. There are also one year apprenticeship programs that after completion you receive 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 or rated mariner. In most cases you can have all credentials required to get an entry level position within 45 days. This is starting at the bottom and working your way up. It is on the job training.
The credentials required to obtain this are as follows.
1) U.S. Merchant Mariner Credential 2) Transportation Workers Identification Credential (TWIC) 3) STCW95 Basic Safety Training (five Day course ).
A passport is only required if you plan to travel overseas. It is not required for offshore work or most inland positions. I always recommend you obtain a passport for more job opportunity. If for any reason you can not obtain a passport, don't let that discourage you, there are plenty of inland positions that don't require one.
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 and 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 have to be a permanent resident of the United States to obtain U.S.Merchant Mariner Credentials. You Do Not have to be a U.S. citizen. Prior sea experience while working for foreign Registered ships can be applied towards a rating as a U.S. Mariner. You will need provide proof of the sea service, (Transcripts) and if needed be translated into english for evaluation. You must be a U.S. citizen to obtain an officers rating as a U.S. Merchant Mariner. Mate or Engineers License for instance.
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 got into 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. Prior Navy or Coast Guard? Your sea experience obtained while serving can transition into 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 sea time that can be applied towards a rating as a Merchant Mariner, That means great money, and more control. BM, Operation Specialist, Engineman, Deck Seaman, Quarter Master, Damage Control, COOKS ! These are some of the duty assignment's that will transition. Give this some serious thought. You may also have some pertaining sea service that may require just a trip or two to obtain a deck or engine room rating.
How you were discharged from the service is irrelevant as it pertains to obtaining the Credentials, Ratings from previous shipboard experience, and employment. Where an OTH MAY affect you is in obtaining hiring preference, and accessibility to your GI Bill for paying the short training courses that may or not be required. You can use your GI Bill to pay for any training courses that may be required. Prior Military let me emphasize the fact that you have a great opportunity to make this transition. Do you miss the shipboard life and want to get back 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. 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. 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 jobs that will help you to save money since everything is provided!
There are three departments on a ship.
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 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 this 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 do not quit till you have a job. I assist you in obtaining this from anywhere in the country including Hawaii.
Like I previously stated, I can determine whether or not you will qualify for your credentials by you asking a few questions about your background and health.
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
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