Originally Posted by 4grc007
Just joined Ribs....looking for employment in the commercial boating industry and came across your reply to another member. I see that it was from 2010 but wondered if you still operate the tugs and would welcome advise as to the correct tickets to hold in order to gain employement.
Grahame Richardson 07544 139899
Yes, Still running the tugs.
I think the advise I gave to Martini is pretty much what you need to be aiming for as a minimum to gain entry in the commercial sector.
You have to understand that nowadays, for a company to win a contract it has to prove that its employees are both competent and safety conscious in the job they will be performing.
Major contract givers like the oil industry, offshore or even windfarm work companies cannot afford to have LTI's (Lost Time Icidents) on their hands. An LTI is time that an employees 'loses' due to having an accident himself or causes someone else to have. This looks bad on their statistics which in turn males them sem like irresponsible employers. (not to mention any possible sick pay or compensation payout etc...which no employer wants) LTI's may also cause all or part of the company's operation to shut-down which obviously costs money.
What im getting at is that the standards are continually increasing for both the companies that employ and the employees who seek to work with them.
You may be able to find work as a trainee with only basic qualifications but most employers will require STCW courses and some kind of commercial endorsment on an RYA ticket.
Martini recently spent 10 days makey-learny with us getting the hang of damaging
driving the tugs.....
Im sure he will give you some advice if you PM him.
Right, Off to pump the bilges of my Inbox as it seems to be overflowing