I am currently a Third Officer employed by USN's MSC. MSC ships are primarily manned by Civilian Mariners (CIVMARs) and we sail wherever the U.S. Naval warships go. Our main purpose is to resupply U.S. and Allied vessels with fuel, ammuniton, food, and other stores. I graduated from Texas A&M Maritime Academy, one of six state academies across the United States with a degree in Marine Transportation and 3rd Mate license in hand. My primary responsibility is the safe navigation of the vessel at sea, as well as the security and safety of the vessel when in port. Make no mistake, our jobs as watch officers can be demanding, and the lives and safety of the crew and environment must be taken into consideration at all times.

We have been trained in many areas including terrestial/celestial/electronic navigation, varying seamanship, first aid, basic and advanced shipboard firefighting, firearms qualification, damage control, lifeboat and rescue boat command, deck maintenance, shipboard stability, dry and wet cargo operations, etc.

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tipppph346 karma

USS Deadass or USS Hennessey?

TexasMaritime355 karma

USNS Deadass... can't avoid this stuff on reddit.. sigh

berthejew315 karma

Have you ever radioed a command to the deck in order for your vessel to be turned two degrees to port in order to get the sun out of your eyes while eating a bagel?

TexasMaritime258 karma

I remember that story... but I'm the person who would recieve that call and then order my helmsman to move 30,000 tons of ship

NoxUmbra92629 karma

I believe 30k tonnes would be a Destroyer. Carriers range up to 90k tons. Also, in case a normal post in this thread wouldn't make it... Thank you very much, especially during the long underways. I'm a sailor on a Destroyer that was stuck in the Persian Gulf for about 60 days straight. Unreps, mail, gifts from home... I didn't care about the hard work manually tugging a rugged steel cable across the water on rolling ships, because I knew we were getting something, and that kept our morale up when the deck was hot enough to instantly vaporize any water that fell on it. Your job makes ours easier, and is crucial, to the ship and the crew. Honestly, sincerely and respectfully, thank you for helping me make it through the deployment!

TexasMaritime28 karma

Arleigj Burkes only displace like 8,000 tons fully loaded. They're very light for their 500+ feet of length.

ezzyrd153 karma

What is the most rewarding part of your job?

TexasMaritime480 karma

I'm legitimately getting paid a large amount of money to see the world. The view out of my "office" window is constantly changing with new ports or just endless ocean. I have always loved seeing Naval vessels (and yet never considered joining the Navy out of HS). Now I resupply them while at sea, or dock next to them in port.

I will sometimes go out onto the bridge wing at night and just stare at the starry sky, before running back inside to look at the radar for traffic. My job is just so freaking cool. It's an industry where even being as junior of an officer as I am, my contribution to the ships operation is valued.

Bitternavysn383 karma

Yeah, and every sailor that works more than you and gets paid shit in the military hates you

TexasMaritime372 karma

It's pretty true. Edit: Make no mistake though, we do a lot of training and make many sacrifices as well though to remain in this industry. Many of us are passionate about our jobs and are glad to assist the U.S. Navy.

MauiWanderer27 karma

I've got a friend in the exact same line of work as you, although probably older. He graduated college in 02 or 03. He got his captains license at 29 but I think had to wait a year or 2 before a billet opened up. I'm pretty sure by that time he was making 6 figures.

TexasMaritime71 karma

He was making 6 figures long before that haha. I'll make 6 figures too and I'm a junior officer.

Bradacook19 karma

How dose getting paid more than all the enlisted Seamen make you feel?

TexasMaritime85 karma

I feel somewhat bad because I know many work their assessment off for low pay (although good benefits). All jokes aside, my family was career military, and I haven't had to make sacrifices like they have in their lives. I'm thankful for that.

marinerdude446 karma

(this is my first post ever I usually just lurk)

Hi, I am a mariner as well, in fact my family has sailed with MSC for 2 generations since it was known as MSTS. I just felt like I needed to shed some light on some of the things this fellow is claiming.

First he will not be traveling the world. MSC ships can only pull into certain ports seeing as the tankers are still single hulled, and the ships carry a military status. He will spend most of his time at sea when the ship is deployed. They don't normally spend more than 1-3 days in port unless repairs are needed. On top of reduced time he will still be responsible for port watches and navigating into port, which means most likely he will maybe spend about 2-3 hours away from the ships in most ports to grab a quick bite of non prison food.

Working for this company is not some grand tale of adventure. No company is fun to work for as a mariner anymore. With the ever increasing efficiency of global trade due to factors such as containerization and massive investments in port infrastructure being a mariner is an extremely dull job with no time to see the world. Ships simply do not sit in port for long periods of time anymore. Sealift Command is particularly terrible at getting actual reliefs out to people because most the time there aren't any replacements available. So have fun being stuck out to sea well past your relief date. I'm talking months past when in comes to 2nd officers and above.

My advice get your Chief Mate license get any free training you can along the way, and then find somewhere else to work. Anyone reading this and thinking about going to a maritime academy. Its not worth it in the least bit. If you have a medical/family issue come up or decide you want to stay ashore and find a new job, you will be extremely hard pressed to find anything your degree will directly qualify you for. Especially if you go Deck/navigation like this poor sucker. I know this is harsh but it really is true I've lived it.

TexasMaritime4 karma

MSC vessels operate around and in all 7 continents so I will travel across the world. In my last 30 days alone, only 9 of it was sailing. I get off the ship for very long periods of time. The commercial industry is more represented by some of your port time statements. I've been with other ships that have been in port longer. However, you can't depend on the scheduling. Hypothetically, we could he told that we are being sent to sea for 2 months with very little notice.

PM_Boat_Pictures93 karma

Right on man.

What is your feeling toward civilian yachtsmen? I like to sail and liveaboard and circumnavigation is in my future. How do you like amateurs vs. a pro such as yourself?

TexasMaritime115 karma

Edit: Get radar reflectors and AIS too! Makes my job a lot less stressful.

What's funny to me is I never even grew up around boats. I had no family or friends with boats. I didn't grow up near water. I still don't own one and its never been a hobby. I have no idea on how to operate sails on a sailboat.

I've rear about people that navigate the globe in small vessels and I just think to myself, no way in hell I'm doing that. (Faculty and students from my school were even featured on the show "I shouldn't be alive" for when their sailboat capsized during a long distance race) It looks awesome but not for me. I find it especially important for small boaters to get good boating and safety education. I've personally seen and heard many, many stories/instances of untrained boaters going out, hindering ship navigation, getting lost, requiring rescue, etc. Before you can be rescued by others, you need to know how you can best rescue/assist yourself (Reminds me a recent summer - My ship was heading down a narrow channel and a couple was tandem kayaking in the middle of the channel. Same ship channel, we were needing to execute a large course change to move from the Houston Ship Channel to Galveston and an oblivious boater was directly in the middle of the turn. )

I don't like the pro label, haha. I'm fairly new to actually working and getting paid in my career, and I'm sure there are many boaters with excellent skills in navigation/weather/seamanship, that could teach me many tips I've never learned from just the shipboard aspects.

bassboyd78 karma

Is 42 too late to join MSC? I'm current with MMC OS with inland OUPV endorsement, TWIC, and passport. I've completed the MSC application but still have many questions.

TexasMaritime148 karma

MSC has literally had people as old as 80 still working for them on ships. So, apply within the next 38 years and you're still good.

Edit: Make no mistake, the hours and lifestyle can definitely be hard though.

bassboyd40 karma

For a newb os, what kind of deployments could I expect? Would I start out chipping paint?

TexasMaritime61 karma

MSC schedule is minimum 4 months on the ship before you can go on your extended leave. You also accrue 2 days of shore leave per month. I've never used shore leave since I just go off the vessel after my 8-12 hour work day. Perhaps one day I'll take an entire day off. Yep, lots of chipping paint and deck work (edit: for OS's). Lots of working in the blistering sun or cold.

rudenavigator21 karma

Are you able to get relieved on time? The guys I knew sailing with MSC as deck officers spent 10 months a year shipping due to a lack of reliefs? Good way to upgrade fast, but too much sea time for me.

TexasMaritime29 karma

There are so many third mates waiting for ships right now. When I was in the 'pool' recently, there were 20 other third mates waiting for a ship too. It would make no sense if I was relieved more than a few days late (barring a last minute unexpected voyage as happened recently due to typhoon and unexpected UNREP).

Edit: All our shoreside workers are working hard though. We got to see them in the office every day. Busy and stressed. Always remember to be pilot to your office workers who get even less praise for their work.

yourbadinfluence11 karma

I think you'll see that change once the oil industry comes back.

TexasMaritime7 karma


rudenavigator4 karma

That's good for you guys. That wasn't the case in 03-04 when I got out of school. How long do you guys wait in the "pool". Is there a seniority process or is based on time since you last worked?

TexasMaritime5 karma

I waited about 2 weeks for my first ship. And I suppose it's a bit of both. Once you get to know CIVMARS, they can help you get on a ship faster

iownno45 karma

One of the many backronyms for MSC is Mostly Senior Citizens. I'm 33, and I'm one of the youngest people in my ship's unlicensed deck department.

TexasMaritime35 karma

Yeah, the people at the training center were telling us the average age is like 50-55. On the plus side, you learn an enormous amount of information from these personnel. They've been able to see the evolution of the Maritime industry and MSC for the last 30 years. I talk to my unlicensed watchstanders everyday and their input is so valuable.

madison_rogue68 karma

On behalf of my fellow Navy and Marine veterans (active, reserve, separated, and retired), I salute you. If it wasn't for you we would have had quite some difficulty keeping stores, fuel, mail, and other various services. Thank you for your service to the military!

Do you stay attached to a specific fleet during deployments, or a particular region?

TexasMaritime69 karma

Yeah, I'm currently deployed with Seventh Fleet with the U.S. Navy, part of the Combat Logistics Force.

Edit: Don't blame me for melted ice cream! I'm new to this industry by the way. But many of my coworkers have made MSC a career and they deserve more praise than they recieve.

Zmail0213455 karma

Have you ever peed off the side of the boat?

TexasMaritime185 karma

My Safety and Lifeboat instructor from freshman year threw a statistic at us. I'm not sure as to the validity of it, but he said 60% of men overboard were found with their zipper down, referring to them peeing when they fell over. So no. Edit: I believe his statistic was only referring to those found dead.

Ciryaquen7 karma

How about pier side?

TexasMaritime55 karma

I'm just a toilet user.

puggleberry46 karma

How many of your colleagues are in healthy, stable relationships?

TexasMaritime83 karma

Out of my ships deck department, all the older deck officers are actually. But the personal lives of my crew aren't my main business. When on duty, we have a job to do. You mainly get to know your fellow officers and crew in the mess hall.

Bitternavysn12 karma

Officers who get paid well can afford to have stable relationships. what would an enlisted sailor answer?

iownno118 karma

As someone in the unlicensed deck department, many of my shipmates are in healthy, stable relationships. Sometimes 2 or 3 at a time.

TexasMaritime25 karma

An AB from when I was a Cadet with OSG told me about the ladies in his life. It's a different lifestyle for some.

aol_cd11 karma

Conversation with one of my Senior Chiefs when I was a fresh young Ensign (USN):

"Are you married Senior Chief?"

"How do you define married, exactly?"

"Ok, any kids?"

"None that I know of."

TexasMaritime8 karma

I had cadets at my school pondering if they have any children. Presumably most of it is harmless joking.

TexasMaritime32 karma

We are civilians, so our non officers are called unlicensed. Just as a general observation, MSC does pay enough for people to have steady relationships.

Mawhrin_Skel39 karma

Have you ever worked with your cousins from across the pond, the Royal Fleet Auxillary?

TexasMaritime32 karma

I personally have not. My ship did do Royal Navy vessels though such as the Type 45 last year (what I heard someone else say).

topper341836 karma

Did you go on your freshman cruise on the Training Ship Golden Bear? (california maritime academy's ship) because if so there's a good chance I was on it with you. (i'm a cma engineer)

TexasMaritime37 karma

Sailed SUNY freshman cruise. Awful awful

topper34189 karma

ah yes. i've heard stories. did you start at suny?

TexasMaritime17 karma

Started at Texas but our ship only holds 50 cadets whereas SUNY holds like 500

MonkeyPanls6 karma

I worked the Empire State VI after Hurricane Sandy (unlicensed engine watch), and she's a fine ship, at least while on the pier. How is she underway?

TexasMaritime13 karma

I slept in a 156 man Cargo hold that had black mold. I had sinus congestion and a sore throat for a solid 45 days. The training was laughable. Bedside alarms going off at every hour as the ship runs 24/7. Disrespectful cadets being noisy, food was bland.

brothrowawaybro3 karma

Currently at SUNY. Can confirm.

TexasMaritime5 karma


zamnoy19 karma

I am going to a job fair Thursday for military and ex-military, and I noticed Military Sealift Command was one of the employers that will be there.

Should I consider it for a career?

Would it even be possible as a National Guardsman who needs to go to drill every month in Florida?

TexasMaritime22 karma

I don't think it'd work as a National Guardsmen but I would consider visiting the MSC booth anyways. 40% of MSC is ex military and they cater to a lot of former military skillsets. It is a federal job and they provide federal employee benefits and retirement. 5% matching in their Thrift Savings Plan, pretty good pay (keep in mind, I make about double of what my base pay is with overtime and everything, and the same holds true for several other deck department positions. An ordinary seaman with base pay $28,000 is likely to bring in 50k a year. A Third Officer with base pay of $60,000 is likely to bring in $120k or so.

Apeshithouse5 karma

Not sure if you'll spot this one, just wanted to drop in late. How do the engineers like it?

TexasMaritime4 karma

Some engineers enjoy their jobs. Working in a 100 degree, deafeningly loud engine room has never interested me though. Most shipboard engineers I know are big into vehicles and boats too, and will do many repairs themselves.

seal_raider16 karma


TexasMaritime103 karma

No, I'm Spongebob

seal_raider18 karma

Oh, ok, I know a guy who does what you do and that is his name. He is the boyfriend of a colleague of mine and i thought that it would be cool to have found him doing an AMA

TexasMaritime18 karma

Oh haha my bad

fondle_the_pickle16 karma

Coming from a maritime family, I appreciate the work you and all merchant marines do for the world.

How did you get into MSC?

What other options did you have for employment once you graduated?

TexasMaritime21 karma

I applied for MSC after they visited my school with recruiters. I passed their physical and security clearance checks. I completed 3 additional months of training at their facilities before they put me aboard a ship.

Other post graduation employment that is possible: Apply to tanker companies like Shell or ConocoPhillip. Join a union and pay dues in order to work aboard unionized ships. Other people join harbor tug or pushboat companies. USCG tried to recruit graduates from my program to be officers in their Marine Safety Division, but I don't know anyone who joined that program. That program doesn't advance their license, and they get paid a lot less.

seven_pillars15 karma

I was accepted to my country's merchant marine officer school out of high school but I ended up not taking the place - our navy trains officers alongside the civilian students for some components of their training, and I decided I could never be happy in that environment because,. Just for me personally, I'd have felt in some way 'inferior' to the military guys.

That's laughable knowing what I know now as I went on to get a commission as an army officer, but it makes me wonder; do you have any regrets about going the civilian route? And what's your relationship like with your navy counterparts? Fair seas and all that :)

TexasMaritime19 karma

Many in the Navy view us as having the easy life, and as a result, many I've spoken to are jealous as well. Our work is specialized as is the Navy's, we just have more freedom in our lifestyles and work. That being said, they need us to keep them on station, and we need plenty of Navy vessels to resupply in order for us to be employed.

Edit: We are both focused on ensuring the overall capability of our fine Navy.

CahkMunch14 karma

What was your career path like? From where you began to what you are now? I am considering joining the Navy soon, getting the experience and feel of being on a ship, and then hopefully with a third mates license from the Navy either find employment on cargo ships, or go to school for Marine Transport. Would that be a viable way to get into a career like yours?

TexasMaritime30 karma

I went to Texas A&M Maritime Academy for the 4 year Bachelor of Science Marine Transportation degree along with the Third Mate License option . Prior, I had no maritime background, no family in the industry, no boats, no kayaks, nothing. Throughout the college program, most state Maritime Academies have you complete 3 summer training cruises. Mine were 45 days, 94 days, 80 days long in addition to the fall and spring semesters. An hour and a half or so after walking the graduation stage, I was presented with my 3rd Officer License and ready to go.

Some people start as an ordinary seaman through either MSC or other maritime training centers and unions and then spend several years working their way up. Keep in mind, either option requires the mastery of the sake number of skills. Working your way up from an ordinary seaman can definitely be difficult though. I personally enjoyed college.

ElCidTx7 karma

which fine Texas coastal city would that be located in? I know you feel at least a tad guilty, but there are legit reasons why the Navy outsources your job and in turn doesn't blink when overpaying it. Two reasons stand out. a)A careerist won't travel the world without family accommodation. Clearly, that's less a concern for you b) the training cost for the Navy is expensive. They are compensating you for that program. Simple as that. Enjoy it and don't look back.

TexasMaritime11 karma

Galveston. And I love my job.

CahkMunch4 karma

How soon after graduating did you become employed? And how often are you away?

TexasMaritime11 karma

I was given a conditional job offer 3 months before I graduated. I got sent to MSC training 3 months after graduating haha. We are on the ship a minimum 4 months at a time with this company before we can take leave. We can take up to 2 months leave but part of that is unpaid. Some other commercial companies have rotations of 3 months work, 3 months home, or 2 on 2 off.

batski2 karma

Dude! Have you seen/sailed on the Elissa?

TexasMaritime5 karma

I've never sailed on it but I've visited the Elissa and the seaport museum a few times

broadrock8 karma

What's your favorite, best and worst port stories?

TexasMaritime14 karma

Edit: some sailors will be sailors.

SanbonJime12 karma

This is Reddit, we're pretty sure you can.

TexasMaritime30 karma

Somewhere, there is a MSC employee back in Norfolk likely reading this entire thread.

SuperTurkeyBacon8 karma

I get terrible sea sickness. Are there any tricks for sea sickness you've learned or been taught or is it just something your body has to get used to?

TexasMaritime23 karma

I actually still carry my seasickness pills all the time. If I have no been sailing in months, the first 5 days are rough for me and then I mostly get over it without medication. I still carry my pills though just incase. .

iownno8 karma

When you're on the 0-8 watch in port, and the gangway is trying to reach you over the radio, how often are you asleep?

TexasMaritime29 karma

As if anyone on the 0-8 has ever fallen asleep..... O.o The key is to drink coffee and simply stay fine some work to do. Addition paperwork, do safety rounds, etc. You as the MOW are the initial go to person when a problem arises.

temporarycreature6 karma

How long is the school for this at a Maritime Academy?

TexasMaritime8 karma

4 year bachelor of science degree but it can be completed in 3. You graduate with a degree and third mates license (provided you meet all licensing requirements and pass the major test )

engineerinheels6 karma

The DoD seems to have many logistics arms. DLA, and each branch. The complications of logistics has so many moving parts, sounds like you're smack right in the middle of resupply but with a primary mission of navigation?

TexasMaritime12 karma

I am a Deck Officer, with the exact same Third Mate's license that's used on container ships, cruise ships, tankers, dry bulk ships, etc. So my primary responsibility is the safe navigation (and general safety) of the ship. MSC' Combat Logistics Force (just part of MSC's mission, they have other ships too) directly resupplies Navy vessels while the ships are underway and moving.

twelveparsex6 karma

I heard the USN has started teaching celestial navigation again in order to operate in environments where GPS is spoofed or jammed. Has anyone on your ship been through the school? Does your ship have the equipment to navigate by stars?

TexasMaritime23 karma

Merchant Mariner schools never stopped teaching celestial. It's a requirement to get your 3rd Mate license as well. I took a semester long celestial navigation course, did 2 celestial projects on my summer cruises, and did more celestial in my senior year navigator class which prepared us for the coast guard exam. And yes. We have like 6 sextants on board for taking celestial shots.

Every deck officer working on ships has had to pass celestial navigation exams and requirements. Whether or not they remember it is a different story since it's not used much when your GPS says where you are instantly.

dpweldo5 karma

Is it difficult to get into the Merchant Marine academy? I am top 5% of my Highschool class and have a good SAT score, but I live in a Landlocked state and only know one person ever to get into one of the academies.

TexasMaritime8 karma

Idk if my message sent. You can easily get into the state Maritime Academies. Perhaps even the US Merchant Marine Academy, although their administration is in a bit of chaos right now. Definitely look into the state academies and see which one interests you. I believe Texas Maritime still does not have out of state tuition required for out of state cadets.

baldchow4 karma

Do you know how to navigate with a sextant? If yes, can you suggest any good books or other resources to help those lacking in education, but brimming with interest?

TexasMaritime6 karma

Celestial is required just to get our license. Unfortunately I don't know any good celestial texts. The one we used at our school was made by a faculty member and printed only for our school. I know some people will say Bowditch but our book was like, Bowditch for Dummies, and I was thankful for it.

AmatureProgrammer3 karma

How did you know you wanted to grow up being a Marie Transportator?

TexasMaritime13 karma

I joined the program after seeing the school ship, brochures, and ship simulator on a campus tour. So 2 months before I even started the program, I had no idea it even existed. Nor did I have a background in boating. I just thought the ship and simulator were so cool. I absolutely love this field.

DummyFive3 karma

What is your acceptable CPA with a vessel over 60ft without notifying anybody? And nice EEBD pic hahaha

TexasMaritime3 karma

Depends on the night and standing orders. Often 2m CPA is pretty common. Sometimes there is so much fishing traffic that the captain is just like, "try and get a .5 mile CPA", or, "just don't hit them." We just have to adapt to situations that are thrown at us.

SterlingWorldWaker3 karma


TexasMaritime9 karma

Third Officer, the junior most member of the deck department officers. 3rd/2nd/Chief Officer/Captain.

SterlingWorldWaker3 karma

Oh, wow. I'm mixing my shit up. I was thinking, as in, Captain, Ensign, ect.

TexasMaritime10 karma

That's all military officers, we are civilians employed by the Navy.

Stupendous343 karma

Mariner in training here. I'm studying marine engineering which as you know is polar opposite of what y'all do with a deck license. Only about a year left until I get my license as a. 3 A/E. What are some things you wish you knew about the engine side? And also, what are some deck skills you think would be good for an engineer to know?

TexasMaritime8 karma

It's funny because I know jack about car engines, let alone ship engines. We took a semester long Marine Engineering 101 course taught by the Chief Engineer so I have some idea of what operations are going on. My school also had us rotate through engine room watches (to see what engineers do on a daily basis) and that was helpful and interesting. Conversely they sent engineer cadets to the bridge to watch what we do. Get to the bridge and stand a couple 4 hour watches if possible. Learn the basics of the equipment we use, see how responsive the ship is to turning/maneuvering at a given amount of rudder angle or rpms.

Stupendous343 karma

Yeah I go to SUNY Maritime so I know exactly what you mean by engine and bridge observer watches. I think that Cel nav is extremely cool to learn but it sounds like a pain in the ass in all honesty. But I was reading previous comments and in all honesty you couldn't be more right about us having unreal jobs. We travel the world and see places people dream of before we're even 25, and we get paid white collar money to do blue collar work. Doesn't get much better!

TexasMaritime3 karma

Celestial takes forever to do. There are computer programs that can compute your numbers for you now instead of having to dig through like 4 books but I haven't learned how to use the computer program yet.

Arkeros3 karma

Am I missing something, or is the US military using you civilians as a cheaper replacement for military personnel?

TexasMaritime13 karma

It's my understanding that we do wind up cheaper than military personnel. Edit: As someone pointed out below, many crew have funded their own training before joining MSC. Training schools are expensive. Furthermore the military does not provide us the same benefits as enlisted or comissioned officers.

happywhitebull3 karma

My cousin is in the merchant marine and after a decade the biggest thing he can say about it is: boredom. His stories are mostly about being stationed at port, without being allowed to leave the ship for months on end, rarely getting to travel and getting fat. Is this something that sounds common to you at all? Does the vessel you get assigned to or any other detail make a big difference on what your experience at sea is like?

TexasMaritime4 karma

We get off the ship frequently if possible but it's situation permitting.

MentalJujitsu2 karma

What is the biggest sealife you have come across?

TexasMaritime4 karma

Various whales spotted from time to time.

asteroid30002 karma

Do you have family/asignificant other? If so, does it get hard being so far away from them/him/her?

TexasMaritime6 karma

A girlfriend but fortunately she's in a master's program so she's pretty occupied during the day. It's difficult but at the same time, I'm financially independent. I save a lot of money by being on the ship. And I can splurge when I'm back home. Need to make up for months of missed dates and outings and events. We plan what events we will do when I'm back and it's great. We aren't dreamers, we are doers. If there is an activity we want to do, we will do it and not mind the money spent.

gnimsh2 karma

How do people on these ships prepare for the huge waves we see in r/heavyseas? Like does everything fall all over the place? Can people sleep through these huge motions?

TexasMaritime2 karma

Most of us are kept up too when the seas are too rough. We are supposed to be "secured" for sea so stuff in your room must he positioned or stored properly.

zenWolf72 karma

What's the background check like for MSC? Should guys with any kind of record give it a shot?

TexasMaritime6 karma

Keep in mind the work is aboard U.S. Navy owned ships so there is very little wiggle room. Everyone here is a federal employee and are expected to be held to a certain level of standards.

OilCat2 karma

Do you feel it hypocritical that the USA signs up to schemes such as STCW, and with that their whitelist, yet they refuse to recognise tickets from outside of the USA?

TexasMaritime5 karma

I can understand why to an extent. I saw before that some country or company was even going as far to ban Filipino ofricers (not sure where I read this before), as an example, due to the quality of some of the officers being put out by the abundance of maritime schools. Although we are trained to meet standards set forth by IMO, not all deck officers are created eqally.

magicmatt2531 karma

I have been thinking about attending the MMA in New York. Did you attend any schools like this for your certifications? Also, how long did it take you to become 3rd mate?

TexasMaritime2 karma

I went to Texas Maritime for a regular 4 year bachelor degree. You graduate from the Maritime with your third mates license, provided you pass the USCG licensing exam.

seanydanger1 karma

Coming from a state school, what's your opinion (if you have one) on Kings Point and all the shit going on there with MARAD? I went to KP and I'm always interested in other people's opinion on the place

TexasMaritime3 karma

I have a lot of KP coworkers and they're angry at the shit show going on at their school. I think KP produces some pretty good officers, but at the same time, I've met KPers who only went there because they didn't get into the other academies so their motivation and work ethic in the industry was lacking. But hell, even Texas Maritime is like that. Some people just want the money and don't give a crap about doing their job properly.

Bleeeh1 karma

You had any experiences with the UK's equivalent the Royal Fleet Auxiliary (RFA)? - you guys have a general opinion>

TexasMaritime2 karma

I have never worked or replenished the RFA so I don't have an opinion yet.

IamSwedishSuckMyNuts1 karma

So first I was wondering what Mediterranean Shipping Company had to do with USN, but google helped.

Do you have to be a US citizen to apply?

Also; how's the grub?

TexasMaritime4 karma

I believe MSC is all U.S. citizens. I'm thankful that I've been in port for so long recently because I eat at different restaurants every day to avoid the ship mess hall. Breakfast is fine though, I eat a daily omelet usually.

nag4042391 karma

Do you suffer from any mental disorders? (If that's too personal, you don't have to answer) If so, what are some ways you cope?

TexasMaritime4 karma

No I dont. Furthermore, some personnel would not be allowed into MSC based on the extent of the issue, especially since we are privy to confidential information.