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If anyone's interested in shipboard employment, there's a new book out about employment on commercial vessels. Featured on tugboatjobs.net and findmaritimejobs.com, the book is a practical guide to finding work on tugboats, ferries, water taxis, cruise ships, and other vessels. The book is called So You Want to Work on a Boat. It covers what to expect on a job, how to keep a job in this tough economy, and more. It describes the various jobs and titles that arise on inland and ocean-going vessels, as well as the places where applicants can search for those jobs.
It discusses how to get hired, and provides sample professional mariner resumes and cover letters. It discusses how to prepare for interviews. The book also covers some of the burdensome dues of entering the industry, such as MMCs, TWICs, and STCW certification. It includes lists of employers, covering container ships, towing vessels, OSVs, ferries, water taxis, research vessels, cruise ships, and dredges. It also covers government employers. A chapter is devoted to practical maritime law for commercial mariners, including the concept of criminalization. This is the recent trend where seamanship or judgment errors of professional mariners are treated as crimes in our harsh legal climate. The book covers other laws and legal concepts that are important for commercial mariners to know about.
The book also discusses training and educational resources, including maritime academies, professional education programs, community colleges, private institutions and union schools. Since the industry isn't for everyone, the book touches upon employment opportunities within the maritime community that don’t require going to sea in the service of a vessel. These areas include shipyards, marine insurance, surveying, maritime security, cargo operations, and more.
So You Want to Work on a Boat, by Thor Robert Erikson is available on Amazon Books and is currently featured on tugboatjobs.net. Good luck!