First Job Gulf Inland

I’m looking for my first job and want to work in the gulf inland. I’ve got my STCW, Marsec, and TWIC credentials. No MMC yet. I would like to be at sea as long/much as possible since I just drove down here and have no family here anyway. I’d prefer something based along Channelview/Houston/La Porte, but I guess I’ll just keep driving until I find a job.

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Qs:

– I applied online for places like Marquette and Kirby. Is it better to just walk in with my resume and fill out an application? I applied about 3 weeks ago and haven gotten a yes or no.

– Can I just walk in to places and apply that way? I’d like to start work ASAP.

– Any recommended companies? I’m looking for a larger vessel and/or places with growth opportunities (I plan on applying for my MMC as soon as I have an address and then would like to do offshore stuff) but I’m not picky as it is my first job.

– Lastly, do you know of any places that need people ASAP?

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Please and thank you to everyone.

Update: It only took 52 days but I finally have a job.

Pro tips: If you, like me, moved out of state with no experience with dreams of working the gulf, fill every application out with a local address. I had my permanent address on most and paid for it. Also use that super long thread of places to apply on GCaptain. And have your MMC already in the works (at least!) before heading out on the job hunt.

It’s finally working out for me, but its been a long wait and I hope this saves some other complete newcomer the heartache.



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3 thoughts on “First Job Gulf Inland

  • April 13, 2020 at 10:05 pm
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    G&H has was looking for unlicensed last I checked, and they work 4 days on 4 days off. Really more like 5 and 2 tho.

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  • April 13, 2020 at 10:05 pm
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    Genesis energy marine out of Houston is a good company, inland oil barges

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  • April 13, 2020 at 10:05 pm
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    I know Kirby Inland Marine had been hiring like crazy. They were pushing a lot of hires to become tankerman.

    I assume they still are. Also their Ocean Transport and Offshore Marine divisions were hiring OS and ABs recently, but you would have needed your MMC.

    Get on getting your MMC though, that STCW Basic Training certificate is only valid for a year and doesn’t even count until it is in your MMC. Once it is in your MMC it will be valid for 5 years though.

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