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Old 19 August 2009, 08:44   #71
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is that 20 weeks full time? thats getting close in time to an STCW mate(OOW) ticket
Full time.
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Old 19 August 2009, 08:50   #72
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But without the LGV you can't take it out to get fuel. As it's only an emergency vehicle when it's under blue light conditions.

Otherwise it's just a 12 ton red lorry

EFAD - Emergency Fire Apliance Driver is the qualification held by drivers.
would it be classed as a plant vehicle in that case and is still not a goods .
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Old 19 August 2009, 09:13   #73
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20 weeks full time is a big chunk out of your earning potential best of luck and I genuinely hope all goes well

[ do the qualifications go part way to an OOW ticket and will they let you drive a fire engine. OOW details here
url]http://www.lowestoft.ac.uk/marwatch.asp[/url]
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would it be classed as a plant vehicle in that case and is still not a goods .

Fire appliances are not excempt vehicles for the purpose of driver licencing.

<edit> I'll amend that and say..they certainly weren't and I can't find anything to say that this has changed..
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Dont bother with the OOW ticket, youll find it extremely hard to get a a job in the Merchant Navy with it & if you do it will be to work for peanuts.... there is far too much availability of cheaper to employ foreign crews from countries with a lower cost of living AND many of them have MCA certificates of equivalent competency so it doesnt take a rocket scientist to figure out who is going to get the job. Dont believe a word that you hear about a shortage of British & Irish Officers, its a load of Bollo%
Better off carving out a career path with Mc Donalds.... & the food is better!
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Absolutely right Jono.

There are no in-law exemptions to Goods Vehicle licencing requirements available to anyone outside the police, and even then our ability to drive any vehicle is limited to the purposes of removing obstructions from carriageways, etc.

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Fire appliances are not excempt vehicles for the purpose of driver licencing.

<edit> I'll amend that and say..they certainly weren't and I can't find anything to say that this has changed..
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Here goes for the explanation :
I am a software engineer/architect/project manager/consultant who is a bit fed up of spending my life behind a computer screen. I can do the 20 week training course whilst still being employed by my current employer and receiving my salary from the state. Once the course finished I can become a individual consultant and continue doing contract work (including for my current company) and work on my own account doing what I want.

The idea is to buy a charter type rib (~7m) capable of carrying upto 6-8 professional passengers to some offshore sites that are going to be put into place around here. Their are 2 energy generating sites and 5 nature reserves within 20 NM from the place I am planning to keep the boat.

I had equally figured that I could organise some holiday packages with for example a 5 day trip with a stay at a different island each evening. That is why I wanted to get an idea of what qualifications you have. It's to figure out if there could be a demand for people just planning on renting the rib during the holiday and following the plan. This would be for the summer months when the "professional" activity would be calmer.

Have I been clear?
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Sounds like a very good plan!
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Old 19 August 2009, 11:11   #79
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Sounds like a very good plan!
Are you saying that because you want another trade member?
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No, because I like the sound of a job that will pay you to go on a 20 week boating course then re-employ you as a freelancer. Sounds like a very good deal indeed!

I might also be interested in being a customer for the holiday part of the business. If you can provide a package of a good boat with an interesting itinerary then I think it should appeal to lots of people.
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