There are no set and prescribed hourly rates for maritime jobs. The jobs pay what
companies are willing to pay to man their ships. It's a known fact that companies
today are looking for qualified people and are willing to pay good money for such
people. This is apparent from programs we see where larger companies educate
and train people from scratch. Because of the need for qualified candidates,
maritime companies do more than hire today; some of them actively and
affirmatively recruit candidates.

A green deckhand with no experience could be hired at $11.00 an hour and the
captain of a megayacht could be hired at $130,000 per year. But again, as with
anything, licenses, endorsements, experience and training play into the equation.
Keep in mind that when we say megayacht, we’re not talking about a Hatteras 70.
We’re talking about a compact ship that rivals the dimensions of a small cruise ship.

Let’s look at a two positions. They’re both with government entities. The first position
was posted in August of 2007 by the New York City Department of Transportation.
The position is Port Engineer for the Staten Island Ferry. The port engineer would be
responsible for structural, mechanical, and electrical marine engineering projects
on Department of Transportation vessels. The job would entail preparing
specifications, estimates and conducting field surveys. The Department of
Transportation is looking for a candidate with a bachelor degree in marine
engineering or naval architecture and five years experience in marine engineering
operations, maintenance, design and repair, including writing contracts and
maintenance specifications for the maintenance, design and repair of marine
vessels and managing major marine projects including dry dockings; or closely
related experience. They offer an alternate qualification in that a candidate with
seagoing experience as a chief engineer or first assistant engineer with a U.S.
Coast Guard license for steam or motor vessels of any horsepower may be
substituted for up to three years of the experience described earlier. However, all
candidates must possess at least a bachelor degree in an engineering discipline or
naval architecture. This job offers a salary range of between $69,212 and $90,508.

The second position is for a pumpman with the United States Military Sealift
Command. The posting appeared in September 2007 on the Military Sealift
Command website. The posting describes the duties of the pumpman as
performing all work necessary for the safe and proper operation of the liquid cargo
transfer system. This includes but is not limited to: liquid cargo transfer pumps,
liquid cargo stripping pumps, liquid cargo coalesces and separators, strainers,
filters, associated piping, valves, fittings, and deck machinery directly related to the
transfer of liquid cargo. The pumpman is responsible for performing routine
required maintenance and repairs, such as correcting leaks, packing valves, and
greasing fittings, glands, bearings and reach rods. A pumpman will have to able to
overhaul, repair and rebuild valves, pumps, reach rods, packing glands and stuffing
tubes. A pumpman will be required to be proficient with shipboard engineering
casualty drills, fire drills, collision drills, and other duties as assigned. A pumpman
must know Military Sealift Command safety policies and practices, including
handling of flammable and dangerous liquids, confined space entry procedures,
and the Military Sealift Command lockout/tag-out program. Candidates need to be
U.S. citizens and hold a current U.S. passport. Candidates need to hold a USCG
MMD (merchant mariner’s document) with pumpman or QMED (qualified member of
the engine department) endorsements. An endorsement of tankerman assistant is
also necessary.

The Military Sealift Command says that an applicant who meets the minimum
eligibility requirements above would be further evaluated. The MSC will look at
documented experience, education, training, and awards to determine a candidate’s
knowledge, skills, and abilities. Some of the areas in which candidates will be
assessed include knowledge of and ability to operate, maintain, repair liquid cargo,
and ballast systems and associated equipment, ability to use hand tools,
measuring instruments to maintain and repair pump room equipment, and a
knowledge of and ability to use, read, and effectively interpret technical manuals and
blue prints. MSC says candidates must be able to communicate orally and in writing.
The salary for this position is $38,172 to $39,227 per year.

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Deck Question
A VLCC (100,000 DWT+) with
a 30,000 shaft horsepower
steam turbine is slow to
respond to engine
movements and has less
stopping power than normal
ships because it has a
____________ .

bigger propeller

b. smaller power to weight

c. smaller propeller

d. larger power to weight ratio