Questions from a High School Senior

High school senior and committed to joining a maritime academy during the fall, but what are my actual chances of getting on a large cargo ship and actually making it out on the open ocean? With the whole pandemic happening have companies been cutting costs or people for their cargo ships? Ill be in the Houston, Texas area so just wondering what the jobs are currently like.



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  • June 20, 2020 at 8:06 am
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    Ship operators have cut crew sizes for years and I would argue that they can’t get any smaller without autonomous technologies. Most deep draft cargo ships operate with crews of 20-25 and ITB/ATBs have crews of 6-10.
    The industry is cyclical. Here are highs and lows, booms and busts and a lot of that ties to the oil industry. With oil prices at a all time lows, we’re in a downturn, especially in the offshore oil industry. But there are jobs!
    If you really want to sail after your graduate, i would recommend that you consider tugs and ITB/ATBs as well as sailing as unlicensed for a bit after graduation. You can also join [Master, Mates & Pilots union](https://bridgedeck.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/04/AssociateMembershipInfo-February2016.pdf) in your sophomore year and start earning points towards your book.

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  • June 20, 2020 at 8:06 am
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    I’m a graduating senior from an academy, I got offered an AB job deep sea and I took it real fast. Don’t let yourself think that you’re “above” working as an AB, you ain’t. Like everyone says there are jobs if you’re hungry, but don’t think they’ll fall in your lap. And don’t totally disregard inland work either, it’s a whole different world but friends tell me they loved it

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  • June 20, 2020 at 8:06 am
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    There isn’t a lot of deep sea work out there, but people have been saying that for 40 years. I graduated boatty school in the last 7 years, waited two days after graduation to sign on to a ship, the work is out there if you’re hungry.

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    Also, no one has any idea what jobs will look like in 4 years, if you want it, do it and something will work out.

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  • June 20, 2020 at 8:06 am
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    I went to A&M, class of 2019.

    Be ready for alot of nonsense. The way I see it, regardless of the academy you go to, you are just buying the license from that academy. The real learning happens on a commercial internship or when you actually start working.

    Put up with the bullshit because there’s alot of it, get your license, and go make some money.

    Pm if you have any specific questions.

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