The upward climb

A few weeks ago I started studying for my 1600 ton Master’s license. I’ve got to say that one really snuck up on me. In the time warp that is working offshore I can’t tell if it feels like I have been here for years or just started yesterday. Regardless I now have the seatime to upgrade my license from mate to master, and it will do me no good to delay upgrading any longer than necessary. I learned that with the process in getting my mates license, and it is something many good mariners have told me.
It still brings about a certain amount of anxiety though, more studying, more testing, and more paperwork for the USCG. It doesn’t help that I am being ambitious and aiming for a may test date, with June being my back up. Regardless of the pressure I am putting on myself it is a good thing. That last thing I want to do is to slip into the comfort of routine that some of my co-workers have. Ten years as a mate, much of it on the same boat, will not be my fate. So for now it’s back to work, and later back to my hawsepipe cd.

Bluewater Chief at the DD1 yesterday.


About newenglandwaterman

1600 Master Near Coastal, Master of Towing Vessels, and a whole binder full of other pieces of paper. You can find me at the controls, hooked up and hard over, when I'm not at home playing with the dogs
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