The below link references Licesning and manning for towing vessels.
You don't want to go to a school for this.* There are companies that will hire you without the towing endorsement and run you as an extra training until you are certified.* The TOAR (towing officer's assessment record) will be your fastest route to obtaining your MOT.* If you only have a 2nd Mate you need to do the crossover 1600 Ton Master test or your unlimited Master, which ever you prefer. (Being a 2nd Mate though, the 1600 ton Master test should be a breeze, it is the same test for 2nd Mate/3rd Mate).* I think it is a limited exam for you.* You will need 30 days of training and observation on towing vessels over the appropriate routes (Except for Western Rivers, which requires 90 days of training and observation), Hold a completed TOAR or evidence of completion of a Coast Guard Approved course that exhibits evidence of favorable assessment of practical demonstration of towing skills, and complete any required examinations.* (Which are none to my knowledge)* Penn Maritime has been advertising, K-Sea has been advertising.* Kirby has been advertising.* Otto Candies and Guidry Brothers have some tugs and a good reputation.* I work for Edison Chouest Offshore and they have 13 Anchor Handling Tug Supply vessels (ranging from 240'-348'- 8,000hp to 30,000hp)*with 4 or 5 newbuilds coming.* These vessels do not require a towing endorsement to operate, BUT a towing endorsement can be obtained on them.* Chouest also has 30 Designated Examiners (I am one) that are qualified to sign a TOAR.* I think if you were to do a little research and make some phone calls and show up "in person" at some offices, that you would have little trouble finding a company that*would be*willing to invest a little time and money into you.
I almost forgot about Chouest getting a harbor/Z-Drive tugs contract docking LNG*ships.* Look on the below site under newsletter VOL 26 has an article about the new contract.
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ECO has an exciting opportunity for mariners living in southwest Louisiana and the Houston area. The company announced last summer that it had received a contract to provide four 110- ft. tractor tugs to assist Cheniere Energy in their LNG receiving terminal at Sabine Pass. According to Operations Coordinator Roy Cheramie, another four tugs have been contracted for a nearby operation. “ExxonMobil’s Golden Pass LNG is located only three miles away from the Sabine Pass LNG. Many of our current mariners are not even aware of these exciting opportunities,” said Cheramie. He said that the first three Sabine Pass tugs will be delivered in December 2007, with the fourth to be delivered shortly thereafter. The Golden Pass tugs are contracted for a March 2009 delivery. All the vessels are being constructed at Gulf Ship in Gulfport, MS. <font face="Birch" size="7" color="#004dff]</font>
There are those who can and there are those who will, which one will you be today?