This team is responsible for the safe transit of millions of dollars of cargo and the lives of two dozen crew members across ocean routes and into different nations. These duties are shared in the various roles of the deck officers.
As a Third Mate, you will serve as a deck watch officer under the guidance of senior officers and be responsible for the inspection and maintenance of all safety equipment including lifeboats and fire-fighting gear. You will manage crew in the upkeep of deck machinery as well as assist on deck with mooring procedures. Management of shipboard operations is a constant job that is shared on watch systems. Traditionally you will stand “4-8 watch”; four hours of watch with eight hours off in between, seven days a week for the duration of your dispatch. Your duty on watch depends on the ship's schedule.
While at sea, the Third Mate stands a navigational watch with a helmsman, plots the ship’s position, practices collision avoidance, consults navigational equipment, and directs the helmsman to change course when needed. The Third Mate notifies the Chief Officer or Master according to the standing orders.
When in port, the priority is the efficient and safe transfer of cargo, either loading or unloading. You will monitor the mooring lines and trim/list of the ship with operation of ballast pumps, make rounds, communicate with dock crew and be the eyes/ears for the Captain.
There is a level of prestige that comes with an unlimited license. The routes are more international, crews are larger and dispatches are longer. An unlimited deck license and more experience at sea make a mariner highly capable and employable on a global scope.
"The Maritime Apprenticeship Program allowed me to fully experience life and work on the water while providing the level of support and structure I needed ashore and in the classroom. I've been sailing for seven years on tugboats and now hold a 1600 Ton Master, Oceans, and Master of Towing, Oceans. I am continually rewarded by my thriving career."
“Going through the Maritime Apprenticeship Program was the best career decision I ever made”.
“The MAP gave me real-world training and experience that was invaluable for starting my career, and I still use my training every day on the job.”
“The apprenticeship relationship between the cadet and partner company allows both parties to get to know each other and grow together. The schedule of the program is excellent and the order of classes is logical. I went straight from License Prep to sit for my license; two days after getting my license I was sailing as a full time employee.”