Jim, great to reconnect. Do see John from Time to time and have kids at school at St marks and fessenden so am in the area a fair amount. Will look forward to a swizzle somewhere soon or hope to see you on the Island,
You may not remember me, I was working the TB during the summer of '82. Sometime during the Summer, the southern New England Sea Ranger cruise, you stopped in and hung with us for a few days. If I remember correctly you lived on Cuttyhunk at the time. How are things on the Maersk R.I.? What is your run. I'm currently employed on the Yorktown Express (Hapag-Lloyd) running to Nothern Europe.
Have a good New Year
merry christmas and happy new year.
living in chesapeake, va i have five (5) girls!
own a small ship repair company named specialty marne inc.
we work mostly on navy ships and msc ships at the norfolk naval base.
i sailed for msc for five years then started working on msc ships along the same guys but as a contractor and have been doing it from 1985-1989 for someone else then started my own business in jan 1990.
my 17 yo daughter loved scuba diving and we just did 9 dives this past aug in cancun she is advanced open water now for 120 ft :) thru padi.
best of the new year to you,
smooth sailing and following sea,
Jim: Yes: MSC is a tremendous opportunity. My Master's ticket is still tiny (100 Tons NC) but I am in the final months of the full 1,080 days of sea time on vessels of over 200 tons to achieve 3/O AGT. My MMD now reads AB Unlimited, but USCG will have over 1,815 days of sea time documented in my file going back to the 1970's before they will give me 3/O. No Matter. I am healthy and have my liberty. I correct charts and am at the wheel whenever we are unreping. I got that new $10K HP printer working printing full size charts downloaded in a PDF format from The Geospacial website, so I can see where that system will be going by the time that I make 2/O. Most people on board think that I am a spook. Thanks again for your interest though. I am really going to enjoy kicking these studies in the teeth. It is a great industry, as long as you can take it for what it is, and schedule your own commitment. MSC is all consuming, so people get worn out at about the 10 year mark, unless they are really crazy. fortunately you only need 10 years to beat the licensing requirements to death! Cheers. Matt
Well thanks for the shout Jim. I'm glad to know that you are out here too. I am just having a blast with this MSC shuffle since I have only recently turned pro, and as a hawespiper I ace exams only as my seatime allows, so MSC provides me with an insane schedule which allows me to beat down all of the USCG requirements. I have a 7 month deployment coming up...I am in Dry dock right now. The attached picture was taken 36 hours ago. Matt