WORK AT SEA, HOW TO START?
01WORK AT SEA, HOW TO START?
THE BEGINNINGS ARE ALWAYS DIFFICULT
If one day you will decide to become a Seaman and start your adventure at sea-probably you will ask yourself how shall I start?
You need to be very patient. Determination and your patient will be essential part at every stage of your efforts. It won’t be easy part- you can be sure.
Many times you will hear, There is no chance at all, just forget.
Numerous doors will be shut down in the front of you, but be patient, and one day someday somebody will give you a hand, that totally change your life and all your efforts will be appreciated.
Work at sea must comply with many rules and regulations. Every seaman is holds thick file of documents, that is necessary for employment. The scope of documents depends on position you want to apply for, but also on the type of ship you will be employed on and it is strictly defined by STCW-95 Convention (International Convention on Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping for Seafarers)
The basic minimum courses that you need to have, and without which you will not be considered as an employee, are as follow:
- Basic Safety Training in personal Safety & Social Responsibilities
- Basic Safety Training in Personal Survival Techniques
- Basic Fire Fighting
- Basic First Aid
The list of all other required courses and trainings depends on type of the vessel you plan to get to, but also on the department at which you will work.
When choosing deck, engine or hotel department, you need to familiarize yourself with the required qualifications, which are specified in the regulations on the training and qualifications at your Country as well as by Country of Flag the ship you will join.
Regardless start up position as a cadet, ordinary seaman or motorman, you must collect 12-months sea time and get the appropriate training and courses which allow you to climb up the ladder of your career at sea.
After completion, the required courses and passing medical examinations, you must submit all documents to the Maritime Authorities to obtain a seaman’s book (discharge book).
Above mentioned Convention STCW – 95 requires from every seaman to be communicative in English so that he/she can easily understand and execute orders and communicate with other crew members. The level of language proficiency for individual positions is various.
Every job-seeker prepares his / her CV, which must contain updated candidate data and convince the Employer that this candidate is suitable for required position. In the maritime world, the standard CV has been converted into an application.
There is no standard form of this document. Every crewing agency and ship owner have own application form, very often available on-line. You can be sure once you will fill in few of those applications , you become a master of cv writing.