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Old 10 October 2009, 10:36   #31
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Hi Severncoxswain,

If you want to be a MN Officer then you go for it! Dont be put off by the negatives that I have pointed out, there are + & - sides to every job. A pension while important shouldnt be paramount in your thoughts at this stage & at your age. Which RIB you are going to get & if itll be a Scooby, an Evo X or an S3 to drive were my priorities!
I Would advise going down the cruise ship route, it is as good as it gets if you are to go away to sea. Being away from home is ok while you are young but when you reach your late twenties priorities will change & you will probably find going away more difficult. Also, be aware that the notion of not paying tax is not entirely true, depending on where your ship goes, its flag & where your are paid from & to are factors, there is no such thing as a free lunch! Anyway, best of luck, you have plenty of time on your side to decide where your future will take you.....
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Old 11 October 2009, 13:18   #32
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if I offered you 20K a year plus a fantastic pension at 60 or 25k a year and no pension - i'll bet I can guess which you would opt for!
Don't ever play poker with me then....I would go for the first one....better pension....that you offering me a job :P lol
I guess it depends on wat the job involved if it was skippering a boat everyday and I got a good pension I probs would take it.....But if it was sitting in a office but the pay was higher and better pension I would have to def go for the first one....Told u never to play poker with me :P haha
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Old 11 October 2009, 14:26   #33
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severncoxswain have a look at

http://www.deck-officer.info/forum/viewforum.php?f=1

this forum is used by deck cadets so plenty of info and advice about the MN and becoming a cadet.

as for pensions, in the MN they are a bit hit and miss as some companies do not have a scheme but just take out your own personal plan and pay in at least 5% of your wage!

It is interesting on people’s views; I would never recommend cruse ships etc, 4 month trips and having to deal with 80 year old Americans!! No thanks!!
I recommend offshore, dredging, small tankers, tugs and workboats.

I have been working on wind farms and coastal construction over the past few years, get all the boat stuff as well and the high tech/complex construction

Just finished this project

http://www.alpha-ventus.de/index.php?id=80
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Old 12 October 2009, 12:34   #34
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That looks cool mate...Did u get ur own photo's???
I wouldn't mind doing something like that at all...but cruise ships I think I would quite like that as well...just to be at sea to be honest...If I can fall back on a degree in Graphic Design wen I come out of the MN would be good likes but just to come out of high school and then go to Glasgow Nautical College of Studies would be great, and do a degree in graphic design on one of those open college things sounds like a plan do you agree???
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Old 12 October 2009, 18:29   #35
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Now try and buy a house on £20K a year.

I work away alot and it isn't easy, some lads can't hack it.
I personally find working away is better for me as I appreciate the things at home more when I do get home.
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OOW working as 2nd mate would be getting between 26 and 32 grand a year! not bad for a 19 year old straight out of college!!! add 6 months leave a year and a tax rebate its not that bad!

being away from home can be hard if got stuff going on but sometimes is great to get away!!

you can do both, most ships have broadband etc and with your time off you can do freelance design work

I have some photos but hard to take when working but loads on this site, http://bildarchiv.alpha-ventus.de its all in german but good pics of how the wind farm was built
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Old 13 October 2009, 15:54   #37
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OOW working as 2nd mate would be getting between 26 and 32 grand a year! not bad for a 19 year old straight out of college!!!

That would amasing to become 2nd mate straight out of college at 19.....Yeah freelance work would be great likes because it means that I can also fall back on something that I enjoy doing after coming out of the thing that I love the most boats/vessels ect.....
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you can start a cadetship at 16, 3 year course split into sea time and college time, study for a HND and then sit your OOW Oral exam, pass and away you go!

you get a training wage, £500 ish a month and all fees etc paid!
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Old 14 October 2009, 11:00   #39
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[QUOTE=tugandtow;320965you get a training wage, £500 ish a month and all fees etc paid! [/QUOTE]

do the fees include drink??? please say it does free drinks would be great likes
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Hi I just had my oral for MCA Master Code Vessel >200gt Unlimited Area STCW95 today and passed so for any of you wishing to do it here are the questions I was asked,

Aberdeen MCA office
Capt. W Bennett (from Belfast)
0900-1000 18/09/09

Started with small take about type of vessels etc etc and then straight into it;
Passage planning, gave me a coastal passage from Aberdeen to Great Yarmouth, APEM etc publications blah blah
Tides, how you know if enough water at destination, neaps and springs, tidal diamonds
Fixing vessel position, GPS and asked to take bearing using Az ring on a compass in the room, (arrow down!!!!)
Convert compass to true, asked me to write down
Correcting charts
A lot of Meteorogy stuff, sources of WX data how would the forecast effect my passage plan
Masters standing orders, forming bridge watch keeping team and night orders
Navtex
Calling the master- fire in engine room my actions as master
Radar potting, and rule 19!!
Crossing, head on and overtaking all PDV
Smartie board , everything!! Day signal and fog signal
Buoys IALA B preferred channel markers, cardinal and isolated danger, top marks and lights
Distress signals
MoB, my actions as Master
Working the vessel, safety ie ISM risk assessments
Crane and LOLER regs, safe lifts and inclining the vessel, why can be dangerous
Stability, ballasting bilges and FSE
Code vessel surveys, who does and what looking for
Ships paperwork
Opening a crew agreement
Drills
Salvage requirements, i.e. vessel must be in distress, an imminent peril to ship life and environment must exist, master can negotiate with lloyds open form, only get paid is vessel delivered into safety

The end, a further bit of chat then told I had passed
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