Getting into tuglife and had a few questions

So I just got my Twic a couple of days ago and got a call back from the company I applied for; now I’m waiting on the background check to come and it seems like I’ll get an offer.

I originally became interested in this career because of deep sea transportation, and I’m mainly wondering if it’s possible to transfer the skills and time I’ll acquire here to something more along those lines? Has anyone here done this or known someone who has?

It also appears I’ll be working 12s: Do these normally count for the time and a half credit under 46 U.S.C. 8104 and 46 CFR 15.705? Or did I completely misunderstand this?

I’m most likely going to be doing tanker barges but I could also end up towing.

Appreciate any input y’all can give.



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4 thoughts on “Getting into tuglife and had a few questions

  • April 24, 2020 at 11:37 am
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    You’re time will count at 1.5 days. How they are counted towards licensing depends on location like ocean or rivers,(at least the way I understand it). The system is not easy to work but say for Able Seaman you need so many days, let’s say 120(special). After 90 days you can do a class or two and test for it.

    Transferable skills to shore are dependent on what you want to do. If you go wheelhouse you can end up a port captain on shore. If you go engineering you can turn that into a variety of different things.

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  • April 24, 2020 at 11:37 am
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    Also if you’re looking to tank barges. There is good money in that. That’s what I do for now till I make it in the wheelhouse.

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  • April 24, 2020 at 11:37 am
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    Rain gear. If you’re working on deck it’s best to stay dry. I carry a multi tool and a small flashlight. Boots, I wear redwings. All the other stuff will fall in line and you’ll figure that stuff out.

    What company are you starting with?

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  • April 24, 2020 at 11:37 am
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    Kirby will require all the standard things you might think of for boots. We have a company sponsored boot buying program that will cover roughly 66% of your boot price on preselected boots through Grainger. I don’t know how this would work for a new employee as you need your clock number and some other jazz to sign in.

    Though some guys rock that harness I like the minimalism of the ‘Coaxsher RP-1 Scout Radio Chest Harness’ it seems to facilitate all my needs and it costs less.

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