Towboat Benchmarks

A mariners experience is measured in calendar days; “benchmarks” are the points in a mariners career where they have the experience to qualify for the next level of Merchant Mariner Credential endorsements that are required to advance in that career. Holding the endorsement as Mate of Towing is not a guarantee that you will be working as a mate; but you will never get the mate’s job unless you hold the Mate endorsement. Here are the benchmarks that every mariner who works on a tug should be watching for. If you already meet these sea service experience requirement and do not have the endorsement than you are falling behind. Experience alone will not get you to the next level; you must have the level of endorsement before you are ready to advance.

  1. With 360 days of experience on any vessel (including recreational vessels), on any waters the mariner should apply for an Able Seaman (AB) endorsement.
  2. With 540 days of experience that includes 360 days on towing vessels that mariner should apply for Apprentice Mate (steersman) of Towing Vessels.
  3. With 900 days of experience that includes 360 days working on towing vessels while holding the Apprentice Mate (steersman) endorsement, and a completed TOAR (Towing Officer Assessment Record), the mariner should apply for Mate of Towing.
  4. With 360 days experience as Mate of Towing, while holding an endorsement as Mate of Towing, the mariner should apply for Master 500 tons.
  5. With 900 days experience that includes 540 days as Mate of Towing while holding the Mate of Towing endorsement the mariner should apply for Master of Towing.

Click here for more information on towing vessel endorsements >>

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Border Protection Captain Needed

Mariners holding valid MMC endorsements as OUPV, Master, or Mate are needed to operate US Vessels engaged in Customs and Border Protection activities. Salary rages from $50K to $65K. For more information click here.

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Late Season Job Opening

American Queen Steamboat Company has an opening for a deckhand to finish the 2016 season, which extends thru early December. Applicants may contact Jake Blaird directly with resumes and or questions. Click here for more information.

Email Jack Blaird: JBaird@aqsc.com

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Job Opening on High-Speed Ferry

Seaward Services has and opening for a Cabin Steward aboard a High-Speed Transport vessel providing ferry service between Portland, Maine and Yarmouth Nova Scotia.  Pays $200/day and is seasonal through October 1. Candidates need:

  • TWIC
  • MMC with STCW/BST certified
  • Passport and squeaky clean background for Canadian border.

Candidates may apply online at: hmsgm.com/search-jobs/ or contact Jake Baird directly:

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Airport Ferry Job in Ketchikan

Deckhand l – $17.96/hr + benefits. Responsible for semi-skilled crew work in connection with maintenance and operation of a passenger and vehicle ferry under the general supervision of the Maintenance Superintendent. Direct the loading and unloading of motor vehicles and passengers; block wheels of motor vehicles; check for gasoline leakage from motor vehicles; guard the lead-line and safety chains to prevent passengers from moving beyond established limits. Participate in lifeboat and fire drills. Act as lookout and watchperson and report obstacles in the path of the vessel while underway. Operate ferry transfer bridges. Pre-employment drug test and random drug testing per USCG regulations. Must have valid Alaska driver’s license.

Deckhand ll $20.84/hr plus Benefits. Responsible for semi-skilled crew work in connection with maintenance and operation of a passenger and vehicle ferry under the general supervision of the Maintenance Supervisor. Direct the loading and unloading of motor vehicles and passengers; block wheels of motor vehicles; check for gasoline leakage from motor vehicles; guard the leadline and safety chains to prevent passengers from moving beyond established limits. Participate in lifeboat and fire drills. Act as lookout and watchperson and report obstacles in the path of the vessel while underway. Operate Ferry transfer bridges. Pre-employment drug test and random drug testing per USCG regulations. Must have valid Alaska driver’s license. Must possess a USCG issued 100 ton Merchant Mariner Credential. Serve as ferryboat Captain as needed.

For more information and to apply, visit our website at www.kgbak.us/humanresources. Any resumes received without a completed Borough application will be rejected The Ketchikan Gateway Borough is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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Master 100 ton Inland Captain needed

I just received this email from the owner of the “Willamette Queen”:

Dennis, My wife and I own the “Willamette Queen” sternwheeler here in Salem and have operated her for 18 years now.

We are looking for a 100 ton licensed captain to assist us with her day to day operations which is primarily lunch, dinner and excursion cruises. She is an authentic sternwheeler 87′ in length and just under 100 tons. Our route is a short one due to shallow water conditions on the Willamette river. The pay is very generous compared to other operators in the Portland area. I can be reached at 505-409-0741 by phone or WQSternwheeler@aol,com

Would really appreciate it if you could put the word out for us. Richard Chesbrough

Willamette Queen Sternwheeler Salem, Oregon 503-371-1103 office

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Captains and Boats Needed

Naut Charters, LLC, a new charter/excursion company that wants their passengers to “Experience Boating at its Best,” is looking for experienced USCG captains that:

  • *Have experience with cruisers and trawlers approximately 40-50 feet
  • *Know various landmarks on the Columbia and Willamette rivers
  • *Have good conversational skills
  • *Would like to captain 1 to 3 days per week

“Why not” put that captains license to some additional use, make some extra money and have a good time sharing the joy of being on the river!?

Please contact Kim at: 503-502-2702 or email: kim@ynautcharters.com

Visit: ynautcharters.com

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