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Hi guys, I am zunnoonpatel from india, studying
marine engineering, greetings to all the sailors around the world! Hey guys Jeff here, welcome back and let’s
do a top 6 questions about Merchant Marine These questions I get asked a lot
today I am going give more context from an insider point of view. First up, how much do mariners get paid
I get asked a lot how much do I get paid It really depends on what type of ship you
are on , your company and a lot of variables Some of my coworkers have been working in the
industry for 30 years so I’ve had the chance to compare what other companies are offering
I will give u a range All units are in U.S. Dollars **per month Third mate / Third engineer anywhere from $3000 to $7500
Second mate / engineer $3500 to $8500 Chief mate/ first engineer $4000 to $10,000
And lastly Captain / Chief Engineer anywhere from $5000
to $15000 You are probably wondering now… wow Jeff
whats with the big range Here are some variables
Specialized ship such as LNG and LPG they get paid the highest
Containerships, the type that I worked on is also in the higher range
General rule, the larger ships the better the pay
Because more work Bigger company also offers more competitive
salary Nationality, yes your nationality and the
ship’s nationality aka Ship’s flag does matter
There are same ranking officers working on the same ship earning different salary because
of different nationality Second question how do I to get started in
this industry? The bare minimum requirement that everyone needs to work
on a ship are the five certificates from STCW STCW stands for International convention on
the Standards of Training, Certification and watch keeping for seafarers.
Five certificate are : First aid, personal survival, Personal safety and social responsibilities
,firefighting, and Security Different countries have slightly different
names, but if you want to find out just look STCW Google or Wikipedia Then in order to be more specific in your position, let’s say an engineer, you need
a certificate of competency in marine engineering For deck side it’ll be a certificate of
competency for deck watch keepers Maritime is much like airlines, we have to
go through a specialized training school then accumulate sea time, finally examination for
license You need to research whether it will fit you,
such as the cost, how long it takes, and the location
The reason why I say location is because for some countries it takes longer
For example myself, instead of studying maritime locally in Canada, I chose to travel to Australia,
because it takes 1.5 years less Plus I get to go to a new country while I
study So do your research and weigh your options Ok third question Can I get into your company / how do I get into a company
Ok… for my company I don’t have the power or influence to help anyone because I am
only a Third Mate You’d have to be a captain to recommend
someone. Sorry guys I am unable to help you
That aside, here are some advice on how to get hired into a shipping company.
Most shipping company does sponsorship, for example on the Canadian shipping lines website
you can see sponsorship under their career section. So go on google and Wikipedia, find
all the shipping lines you can find And start sending out resume
Keep in mind When you are a cadet you can’t be too picky
especially in today’s economy you don’t choose the company
The Companies choose you Shipping companies hire in batches so whenever
u hand in a resume, it goes into a waiting pile
Sometimes it doesn’t even get looked at A good strategy for that is to keep sending your resume every month until you get declined You just have to be persistent Pirates! Let’s just say Captain Philips happened
7 years ago back in 2009 Since the high profile incidents that brought
this issue into international spot light Countries from around the world have been
tackling piracy by sending out navy patrols into these high risk areas
Most ships also hire security guards for protection
They come on with these big sniper rifles Piracy is actually decreasing by the numbers
The media tends to dramatize things especially with the movies, TV news Then comes the fifth one is it safe on the
ship? Talk about fire, first aid, and maybe accidents
All international ships are fully equipped to fight fire
Not to mention we have firefighting systems in place for almost anywhere on the ship
Lifeboat life-raft life-jacket are all double capacity
We have food water and rations that can last us for months
Global satellite distress systems that can track us real time
For medical we have a hospital onboard All crew are trained in first aid, from the
cook to the captain For more serious conditions, a helicopter
can be sent from land and pick up and injured crew Systematic safety systems and checklist that are in place for majority of the task we do
So it is very safe to work on a ship, accidents and incidents that you see on the news are
only a small portion of the maritime world Most people sail for their entire life without
seeing an emergency Last one is internet
Yes, nowdays majority of the modern ships have satellite internet
Most if not all are throttled and have a firewall to block image or videos so that the bandwidth
is not spent too quickly The best available would be cruise ships,
I was on “Voyager of the Seas” a few months back and they offer a 10 USD unlimited internet
daily…. which is pricy and very very slow, don’t even think about uploading or downloading anything. I was barely able to get 360p on Youtube
Bottom line is, if you plan to work in maritime, be prepared to have less internet A…*yawn* thank you guys forrrrr Thank you guys for watching as always if you
got a question leave it down in the comments below
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