I have absolutely no clue about maritime work, but I want to know if its a possibility for me.

I am currently a mail man. I do city mail delivery full time and make 40k a year base salary. I can make 60k if I went on the overtime list.

I spent four and a half years enlisted in the army, and spent about two years in South Korea. Im 33 years old, not in great shape, but no health issues. No kids, no family. I want a job where I can leave this rental house and just stow all my stuff at my Dad’s house and walk away with some cash banked up.

I want to know if this career field is a realistic possibility for me. What appeals to me most is just getting the perspective and life experience.

Here are the deal breakers for me:

I dont want to kiss anyones ass.

I dont want to be treated like expendable garbage.

I dont want to compete with backstabbing coworkers for middle management promotions.

I dont want to work somewhere where there is a hundred unrealistic regulations that nobody is following, I really fucking hate working in a place where everything is fucked up and on fire but still “looks good on paper.” I like to kind of do things by the book as much as I can, because I try to take pride in doing my work and doing it honestly as best I can.

I dont want to deal with unrealistic timelines, or being given 12 hours of work and being told to do it in 8… I dont mind working long hours, I just dont want unrealistic deadlines.

I want fair pay. I want to make at least 50k a year.

I want to be able to listen to headphones while working when its safe to do so…

I feel like just sitting here thinking about it… the only things id miss right now are some minor creature comforts… privacy (living in a room with like six bunk beds sucks, had to do that shit in the army but I could go back to something like that again if i had to) … internet… thats about it.

In your opinion, is this a bad career path for me?



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5 thoughts on “I have absolutely no clue about maritime work, but I want to know if its a possibility for me.

  • August 7, 2020 at 4:36 pm
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    Judging from #s 1, 2, 4, and 5 of your requirements, you probably wouldn’t be very happy with the job. Mostly 4 and 5, as that’s actually a great description of the modern maritime industry.

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  • August 7, 2020 at 4:36 pm
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    I’m a mariner. I don’t think it’s for you, because of what you said about “…looks good on paper” and the kissing arse bit.

    This is an industry where you can find yourself being managed by someone barely growing a beard and who’ve never been on deck.

    You’ll be on the bottom tiers of the pecking order for years, unless you do your engine- or bridge tickets first.

    Feel free to ask any further questions

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  • August 7, 2020 at 4:36 pm
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    I’m a mariner and I don’t think that it’ll be what you’re looking for.

    Depending on which sector, company or captain you work for you’ll get different levels of shit shoveled down. And in order to get promoted you might have to play a political game with people who might be worse at their job as you would be.

    Depending on sector or company there are different levels of people with no experience with your job telling you how to do your job.

    There are a lot of rules in the industry that are not just useless, but worked out in detail. For example a fire detectors must be x meters from a door. This is not something you can do something about, this is done during construction. But you can be held responsible if it’s not correct. The higher rank you become the more of this type of shit you can expect, especially if you’re going to Russia, China, most of Africa and the United States while not carrying that countries flag.

    If you’d be a deck officer you’ll quickly find out that a lot of other people on the bridge have bought their license or at least have no idea how to sail a ship.

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  • August 7, 2020 at 4:36 pm
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    Sorry, I know this doesn’t answer your question but as someone who has similar values, have you ever looked into long haul truck driving?

    Edit: I don’t think you can listen to headphones while working on the ship.

    Edit 2: I don’t think any moderately sized cargo ship assigns multiple crews per room in North America. I might be wrong though.

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  • August 7, 2020 at 4:36 pm
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    im pretty sure you would hate it. not as romantic as i think you imagine. its funny, being a mailman sounds chill. want to trade?

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