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    Is there any way to join the Seafarers International Union without going to the school in Maryland?
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    Call the Philly office
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    Yes but you will only be a C-book
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    Default Re: Joining SIU union

    You can join and sail Inland division on tugs, seagoing tugs and ATBs. You'll still be C book if you try to ship deep sea.
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    Will having only entry level ratings hurt me? I also don't have a STCW yet. I have 5 years offshore experience as a commercial diver and anchor handler so I never needed a MMC. I have a twic card already.

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    I only have entry level ratings and no STCW yet. I have 5 years offshore as a commercial diver and an anchor handler so I never needed my Merchant Mariners Credential. Will this hurt me with the union?
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    I have an entry level Merchant Mariners Credential. No STCW. I have pervious experience offshore totaling 5 years but was never required to have a z-card. Will this hurt me with the union?
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    Most of Crowley on the right side is SIU. They've those Ocean Wave class DP tugs coming out. Heard that Jensen failed to actually make them perform up to the standards they advertised though.
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    Default Re: Joining SIU union

    Quote Originally Posted by injunear View Post
    You can join and sail Inland division on tugs, seagoing tugs and ATBs. You'll still be C book if you try to ship deep sea.
    Yeah, I was forced to join the SIU when I signed on with Crowley back in the old days.
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    If you are just beginning to sail the i would recommend going to the school, I attended the school in 08 and it sucks while your there but it is a great school. you come out a much better sailor than 90% of the people that didnt go, if you take advantage of everything they have to offer (no one get offended by that). you just have to look past all the union bull sh!+ they try and push into your head. but if your already experienced non union companies now adays have just as much to offer if not better benefits etc. trying to get with them is the tough part. good luckk keep us posted
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    How long does it take to get on a ship being a c-book, and how long does it take to get from a c to a b-book? I'm considering the school but I really don't want to go without a paycheck for a whole year.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Durg View Post
    How long does it take to get on a ship being a c-book, and how long does it take to get from a c to a b-book? I'm considering the school but I really don't want to go without a paycheck for a whole year.
    i believe it is 180 days in one calender year. not 100 % though i went straight to b book after finishing piney point. Now adays ive heard it can take quite sometime to get a ship as a c-card. Best of luck too you though. Like i said before if you dont want to not have a paycheck for a year try some of the nonunion companies. Or let the union rep at the hall know that you want to go inland etc. if he likes you you might have a shot
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