Resources for breaking into the maritime industry?

I’m a middle-aged single man who loves to travel and has no aspirations for family. I’ve recently stumbled across the maritime industry as a potential career. I have no maritime background (other than a stint in the Marine Corps; which I was never assigned to a ship, just familiar with nautical terms).

I’ve done some cursory research. I already have a passport and am scheduled to receive my TWIC card. Once thats completed I know I’ll need to apply for the USCG merchant mariners card.

Is there a good website that has resource information about how to break into the industry as an ordinary seaman? Or do *you’se* have any helpful advice, tips for someone in my situation?

[Also, from some of my cursory research it seems that container ships would be a better path as far a travel is concerned as there would be more of an oppurtunity to have liberty at port. Can anyone speak to this?]



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4 thoughts on “Resources for breaking into the maritime industry?

  • April 24, 2020 at 8:04 am
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    Try https://jobsite.gcaptain.com/ for jobs. Jobs on a tug or work boat may not be a bad place to get your feet wet to see if you like it at all. This field isn’t for everyone.

    If you do like it I would investigate the [State Maritime Schools](https://www.maritime.dot.gov/education/maritime-academies/maritime-academies) (I assume you are in the US). They accept people of all ages and backgrounds and they give you the training and education to get an officers license. If you are truly free of financial obligation, this is a quick way to get started.

    If you are looking to go ashore in port I might suggest tankers or cruise ships as container ships are seldom in port long enough for anyone to get off the ship for more than a few minutes. I worked on a few and the longest time I ever got to go ashore was like 6 hours before we had to be back aboard to leave. Not really a way to “see the world”.

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  • April 24, 2020 at 8:04 am
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    You could do an apprentice ship through the Seafarers International Union, or be an OS. I know some guys who started out as an OS/Wiper on NCL’s pride of America and then got their seatime and upgraded to AB and started sailing other ships.

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  • April 24, 2020 at 8:04 am
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    Here you are man,

    check this out

    [https://www.star-center.com/techprogram/techprogram.html](https://www.star-center.com/techprogram/techprogram.html)

    Honestly if what you say is true about loving to travel and not wanting a family then you will love the Maritime industry. Check this program out and I think it would be a good deal for you.

    Check out an Academy, especially if you have the GI bill. If you are from Texas the Hazelwood act also applies.

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  • April 24, 2020 at 8:04 am
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    Shore leave/travel is better on sail training ships than on most merchant ships, but the wages can only be described as low.

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