Maritime jobs that go home around 75% of nights?

*completely new to all this (grew up in Kansas) so forgive my ignorance*

MY BACKGROUND: I’m a 30yo male with zero knowledge or experience in the industry. I have a business degree and have been working corporate jobs since college – the last 4 years working remotely and traveling the world, which is great, but I still spend a huge chunk of my day doing something I hate. I don’t want to spend the rest of my life in this corporate malaise. I’m in great shape, motivated, and not afraid of a long hard day’s work.

QUESTIONS:

1) Are there well paying (maybe $80k+) maritime jobs that get to go home at night around 75% of the time? After 4 years traveling the world, I’m looking for something more stable/stationary.

2) What is the path (starting from 0 experience) to get a job like this? Should I go to an academy? “Hawspipe” it?

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Again, forgive my ignorance. I’m trying to figure out this whole maritime world, so feel free to set me straight in that regard.



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10 thoughts on “Maritime jobs that go home around 75% of nights?

  • April 10, 2020 at 2:58 am
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    Not really gonna find something that gets you home that much unless you’re working a ferry or something similar, but you probably aren’t making close to 80k on those boats. Maybe if you got a job on an assist tug or harbor tug (have to start as a deckhand at a lower pay grade and work to get the licensure to get promoted). Just up front though, you might want to consider a different industry if being home that much is your main focus. Best of luck to you in your hunt either way

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  • April 10, 2020 at 2:58 am
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    Oof I got real lucky on a tug and go home every night making around that much for lucky and blessed. There out there just gotta get into the door!

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  • April 10, 2020 at 2:58 am
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    Many ferries have similar wages when you’ve worked your way up, as is the same with harbour tugs. However, you’ll need to be ticketed past deckhand or assistant engineering jobs. The Mates at our line hauling tug company make just under 80,000 in British Columbia. I’m fairly new myself but that’s the info I have.

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  • April 10, 2020 at 2:58 am
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    I work 2 weeks on 2 weeks off, I’ve been in the industry for about 7 months the only way I could make 80k a year is to stay on the tug all year

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  • April 10, 2020 at 2:58 am
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    Take a look at Millers Launch in New York. They offered me a job but I just couldn’t afford to move up there. They didn’t have any hitch work at the time, just day work in the harbor so I had to turn it down. But they were paying way less than $80k a year I can’t see you making that much right out of the gate. I might have to take a pay cut when I (hopefully soon) find a job on a tug.

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  • April 10, 2020 at 2:58 am
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    It won’t pay as much but MSRC or NRC or some other oil spill response gets you home every night depending on your position

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  • April 10, 2020 at 2:58 am
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    Washington State Ferries is having a serious retirement crisis right now.

    https://www.google.com/url?sa=t&source=web&rct=j&url=https://www.seattletimes.com/seattle-news/maritime-labor-headed-for-a-retirement-cliff/&ved=2ahUKEwjgs5WG6prnAhVUgp4KHV8bC7MQFjAAegQIAhAB&usg=AOvVaw25NruTC6B67aGg3QEOso0q&cshid=1579820527611

    This is an interesting article in The Seattle Times about it. Looks as though there are going to be lots of jobs available soon.

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  • April 10, 2020 at 2:58 am
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    You’re not going to find a job that give you 75% home time. Certainly not for 80k.

    Equal time or 2 for 1 are the traditional schedules.

    You could potentially get a shoreside tankerman gig but you need credentials.

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  • April 10, 2020 at 2:58 am
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    Take a look inland. Plenty of opportunities on the river. Where about do you live?

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  • April 10, 2020 at 2:58 am
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    I only know of one but you won’t be able to get it right away. And you’d have to live somewhere inland. But you’ll still make very good money

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