Questions about Merchant Marine careers

Hi, I just had a few questions about the merchant marine, hope this is the right sub for it.

1. Do you need to live near the port of departure? For example, if I sail from Algonac for a job, do I have to live in Algonac or just close enough to arrive on the day of departure, say from Duluth, MN?
2. What do you do to find a job if there’s not an SIU hiring hall near you? Can you still put in at a hiring hall for a job thats within driving distance but not commuting distance?
3. Will ADHD sink you on an MMC physical if you haven’t taken meds for more than 3 years and you function well off of them? And is a waiver hard to get?

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2 thoughts on “Questions about Merchant Marine careers

  • August 8, 2020 at 7:19 am

    1. If you want to sail SIU out of Algonac, you just go there for job call and you’ll meet the ship wherever they need you once you get a job. You’ll never physically catch a ship in Algonac and you’d usually have time to fly home for a couple days before you need to go to work.

    2. On the lakes, I’d recommend calling the companies directly. If you live in Duluth, Key Lakes/Great Lakes Fleet would be convenient. Some of their ships are SIU, and some of them are Local 5000. Once you’re permanent I don’t believe you need to go to the SIU hall, but I could be wrong there.

    3. Personally, I wouldn’t put that on the physical since it seems like a non-issue if you don’t take meds for it. Either way I doubt you’ll have much of a problem.

  • August 8, 2020 at 7:19 am

    All employers pay for transportation. Just sign up for frequent flier miles. They do add up.

    If you’re just starting out and not planning on joining a union you could look into research ships.

    When you have all your paperwork, twic, BST and ship security certificate start putting your name out there and apply.

    As the other poster said I wouldn’t put that on the medical if you’re no longer taking the meds.


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