Getting a job on a harbour tug?

Hey /r/tuglife, after working in the oil & gas industry in Alberta for the last 10 years I recently moved to Vancouver and want a change in careers. I’m admittedly not experienced with ships or boats, but the job looks stressful and fun to me.

What would I have to do to get a job? Are there certain certifications that I’d need before anybody would even look at a resume of mine?



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2 thoughts on “Getting a job on a harbour tug?

  • May 10, 2020 at 12:04 am
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    Get really good with a needle gun.

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  • May 10, 2020 at 12:04 am
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    Trident marine (it might be Triton Marine?) might be hiring off the street.

    Mercury does a fair amount of work in the harbour as well – I think they require a Bridge Watch rating.

    The two ship docking companies are Tiger Tugs (Also known as SST or Smit) and Seaspan. Seaspan hires guys for their outside work with a bridge watch and Tiger typically only hires from their river company, Westug.

    Edit: anyways, best to start with getting a bridge watch rating and your MEDs. BCIT North Van is the spot for that.

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