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  • July 8, 2020 at 2:43 am

    If you’re in the USA a maritime academy might be your best bet, depending on the AB and seatime that you already have. If you have enough seatime on the right tonnage that you can sit for your thirds just take some classes and do that.

    The maritime academies are shit for education. Mostly lazy profs, incompetent administrations, racist shit hole places. You won’t learn much that you can’t learn on your own.

    However they have a strong alumni network and career services, if you go to the right one.

    What’s your current AB license / experience?


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