The commercial ships of a nation and the men and women who man them, both as licensed officers and unlicensed crew. While Navy ships act to defend a nation on the sea, Merchant ships deliver cargo worldwide and are manned by civilians. U.S. Merchant Mariners are the highest paid in the world.
Consists of Freighters, Tankers, RoRo's, Tugboats, Barges, and Ferries
Ships are split into three departments in which personnel work: Deck (navigation, cargo operations, external maintenance), Engineering (propulsion, electrical, and any machinery), and Stewards (cooks).
"I sailed in the Merchant Marine before going to college."
Entry level position in the engine room of a Merchant Ship of the United States.
Duties include maintaining cleanliness of engine room machinery and gangways, bilge detail, and painting/chipping paint in the engineroom.
Mike served as a Wiper aboard a Shell Oil tanker for a few months before moving up to Oiler.
Licensed professional seafarers who work in either the deck or engine departments of Merchant Vessels. They ascend to these positions based on either Maritime College educations, or less commonly through time served and advancements 'up the hawsepipe' through testing.
Deck officers: 3RD Mate (primarily safety officer), 2ND Mate (primarily navigations officer, Chief Mate (supervisor), and Captain (overall command of vessel and personnel)
Engine Officers: 3RD Assistant Engineer, 2ND Assistant Engineer, 1ST Assistant Engineer, and Chief Engineer (in charge of entire engine room and shipboard mechanical/electrical components)
(NOTE: Steward's Department does not consist of any officers, all personnel in this department are unlicensed but certain Stewards carry more authority than others.)
Before becoming a vessel operations manager, Brian sailed as a Merchant Marine officer with Moore McCormack Lines.
Slang for a member of the deck department aboard a Merchant Ship.
"Is he an engineer?"
"No, he's a deckie."
Experienced rating in the engine room of a Merchant ship of the United States. Comes after seatime as a Wiper and an examination.
Duties include checking engine equipment for leaks or malfunctions, lubricating moving parts, and checking gauges. With more seatime, the Oiler can advance to QMED (qualified member of the engine department).
The Oiler was on watch from 4 to 8 doing his rounds.
(Standards of Training and Certification of Watchstanders) or also informally known as 'Stuff The Coast guard Wants"
Bullshit certifications required of all Merchant Seamen before they can sail deep sea as either licensed officers or unlicensed crew. Despite the fact that having these certs does nothing to improve the competence of the mariner possessing them, and the fact that accidents still happen to this day despite them, the IMO (international maritime organization) and the U.S. government still shove them down our throats.
Training and certification is in 4 basic areas: Firefighting, Personal Safety/Sexual Harassment, Personal Survival, and First Aid.
"Despite the fact that McAllister's Port Captain told me I couldn't sail past the sea buoy without STCW, I was aboard a vessel headed to Norfolk the next morning."
One who works his way up to a Licensed Officer's position in either the deck or engine departments of the Merchant Marine after starting from the very bottom as either a Wiper or Ordinary Seaman. This is most commonly seen on tugs and barges nowadays, since the USCG decided that suddenly experienced sailors are too stupid to advance to these positions on deep sea vessels without college degrees.
Climbing the ranks is referred to as 'climbing up the hawsepipe.' A man or woman who achieved this feat is respectfully called a hawser, or hawsepiper.
Captain Johnson is a hawespiper. He started as an Ordinary Seaman at age 18 and eventually worked his way up to become an officer.