From Duluth MN, Would like to work on the big ships

I’ve been watching the ships roll in and out of the bay for a while, wondering if they just tow around the great lakes, or if they ever follow the St. Lawrence river out to and across the North Atlantic. I’m 26 now, and figure if anythings ever going to happen for me, I’m just going to have to get out there and do it. Would anyone be so kind as to share their experience, and be able to point me in the right direction to work on the ships?



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3 thoughts on “From Duluth MN, Would like to work on the big ships

  • May 21, 2020 at 10:42 am
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    I think most of the lakers say on the lakes.

    If you want to become an officer that works on the lakes [Great Lakes Maritime Academy](https://www.nmc.edu/maritime/index.html) will be your best bet. If you just want to work on the water, there are lots of other options.

    Hope this helps, feel free DM me if you have other questions

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  • May 21, 2020 at 10:42 am
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    entry level jobs are scarce as fuck in the maritime industry right now. going to academy might not be a terrible idea because with a little luck the market will be better in four years and you’d be more marketable too. otherwise try to get a job on a tour boat or something (whenever tour boats happen again), track your sea time, and get your merchant mariner credential and AB endorsement so you can go work as a deckhand on a ship or tugboat

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  • May 21, 2020 at 10:42 am
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    Great Lakes vessels are usually US (and Canadian) flagged ships protected by “cabotage” laws which prevent foreign flagged vessels trading there.

    The international market by contrast is dominated by low cost crews from places like India, the Philippines etc. and US crews (or ship owners) are not the norm.

    The jobs are out there though: companies like Shell and Chevron sponsor Americans through programs to train as and sail as deck/engineer officers on their international fleets in order to maintain their own “marine skill pool”. Same for cruise ships.

    There’s oil and gas service vessels too – you’d stay in one place but it might get you as far as Mexico.

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