Maritime Consultant Services of Northeast Florida
Be a U.S. Merchant Mariner
See The World! Work on Ships, Tugboats, Cruise Ships Crew and Supply boats. 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 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 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 inland positions. I always recommend you get a passport for more 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 Merchant Mariner Credential, and TWIC, 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 Mariner. 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. You must be a U.S. citizen to obtain an officers rating.
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 in there 50s. 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 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 seatime that can be applied towards a rating as a Merchant Mariner, That means great money, and more control. BMs/OS/CE Give this some serious thought.
How you were discharged from the service is irrelevant. Merchant Mariners are civilians. 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 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 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 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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