3 thoughts on “Looking to get into the tug life. Located in Seattle. Looking for tips.

  • May 8, 2020 at 6:40 am
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    Go get your TWIC and MMC, get your name in the system as an OS. Seattle Maritime Academy also has entry level classes. If you’re just looking for work as a cook it might be easier.

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  • May 8, 2020 at 6:40 am
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    You’ve kinda missed the busy season but:

    Dunlap Towing

    Westar Marine Services

    DeForge Marine

    All seem to hire greenhorns.

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  • May 8, 2020 at 6:40 am
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    This is probably the best place to get into the industry, but unfortunately it’s the worst time of year. That gives you time to get some documention and classes done though. If you don’t already have a TWIC, get that. Call around to the different companies and ask what they’re looking for in a new hire. You’ll need some basic classes (I believe lifeboatman and maybe some kind of basic safety training) to get an entry level Merchant Mariner Credential (MMC) so be prepared to spend a little bit of money doing that. You can go to PMI (Pacific Maritime Institute) or Seattle Maritime for that. Doesn’t matter which, whichever has the soonest class is the right choice (you get the same document). When you do talk to these companies be SURE to tell them you can cook. As somebody else said nearly all tugs now either share cooking duties or have a cook/deckhand and if you can cook that could 100% be your ticket in and up. Companies to contact around here:

    -Crowley
    -Foss
    -Western Towboat
    -Harley Marine
    -Dunlap
    -Boyer
    -Island Tug and Barge
    -Manson Construction
    -Kirby Offshore Towing

    There are several other, smaller companies that you can contact as well but the ones I listed all have lot of boats and your chances of breaking in are better. Of those Western, Dunlap and Boyer are family owned and operated so they tend to be a little more accessible to new people.

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