There is a misconception that OSV restriction is a bad thing. A company driven OMSA backed way to lock in the mariner - even though a great deal of those that were around during the inception of and once a holder of OSV restricted licenses in the 90's have gravitated toward drill ships, or some chose to stay on the OSVs. The main thing - it still comes down to a choice - your choice. Just when it comes to OSVs, obviously the OSV companies will better facilitate that path since it's in their best interest to do so.
Originally Posted by Fraqrat
Best move (minus an Academy) is to get the Mate OSV, earn that higher pay, at the same time you work in parallel to satisfy requirements to become unrestricted. It's not that difficult and just part of the process and takes nothing away. Once you become of any value as a Mate, chances are, you will have satisfied requirements by then and will have a piece of unrestricted paper that can be backed up with practical experience. Most likely, going straight to an unrestricted limited tonnage Master license.
Of course everyone wants an unrestricted license, but that fact should not dictate your path alone; it will not trump an OSV mariner in that sector (where the money is). What should dictate your path is what you WANT to do and how much money you can make to get there. It's not necessarily just getting a certain license type.....that will come regardless by natural progression of your career.
MITAGS is still a decent choice as well. It all depends on where you go from there.
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