Get Started In Maritime
The Maritime Industry has a number of exciting positions, both on deck and below deck. Persons who tend to gravitate to these jobs enjoy physical work, perform well as part of a team and have the ability to be away from home and on the water for long periods of time.
What is the minimum criteria for jobs onboard a vessel?
- Pass applicable vision test, hearing test, general medical exam, and/or physical ability determination.
- Pass criminal record review (if applicable)
- Pass chemical test for dangerous drugs
- U.S. citizenship or nationality with proof of legal resident status
Where would I work?
There are a number of options for the types of vessels a person in the Maritime Industry may work on during their career. This includes:
- Cargo ships
- Cruise ships
- Ferry boats and systems
First steps to obtaining a job in the maritime industry as an ordinary seaman/deckhand:
The Ordinary Seaman (OS) is an unlicensed member of the ship – the position is an apprenticeship to become an able seaman. You will also need to complete 180 days of service on ocean or near coastal vessels, 360 days deck service or 720 days service in other departments, and complete the specific requirements for the applicable endorsement. Each movement up the career ladder requires a specific number of days of service, specific courses and testing.
- Obtain a Transportation Workers Identification Card (TWiC)
- Obtain the Merchant Mariner Credential (MMC)
- Complete Basic Safety Training (40 hours)
- Complete deckhand familiarization (32 hours)
- Rating Forming Part of the Navigation Watch (RFPNW — 8 hours)