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    Who of the September intake has their itinarary for their first trip?

    Quite a few of the cruise ship folks at STC have theirs but as yet nothing for the Maersk lot ( myself included).

    Chapping at the bit to find out!

    Im hoping for a boxboat and a trip far east

  • #2
    Re: First Trippers

    You want to get yourself on a tanker or supply boat.

    If you do end up on a box boat the best route is the boomerang, the only problem with that is that it's on the G class but you tend not to mind that when spending your days exploring Sydney and Melbourne.

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    • #3
      Re: First Trippers

      Why would the G Class be a problem?
      From what I've heard from the HR people the G Class ships tend to be what cadets end up on?

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      • #4
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        The cabins are a bit on the small side, and normally a few cadets on at a time and personally for me I prefer it when there isnt so many other cadets. I suppose it's probably not so bad if you are a first trip cadet.

        Saying that the social life onboard is normally quite good, when I was on one last year we watched movies or played on the wii nearly every night after dinner.

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        • #5
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          Not sure about other companies but last phase for me the cruise cadets got there schedules around the end of feburary, with most of them leaving in may. Other companies vary on there policies etc, some people only get a few days notice!
          Life at sea is a life for me

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          • #6
            Re: First Trippers

            Offshore is where its at. Get on one of the Maersk PSV's or AHTS's. Good crack on the offshore vessels.

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            • #7
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              *cough* Kinloss hasnt seen an engine cadet for fecking ages *cough*

              If anyone asks
              Trust me I'm a Chief.

              Views expressed by me are mine and mine alone.
              Yes I work for the big blue canoe company.
              No I do not report things from here to them as they are quite able to come and read this stuff for themselves.


              Twitter:- @DeeChief

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              • #8
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                Cadet:"Can I go on the boat with Chiefy?"
                Maersk: "Who?"

                I didnt find out what vessels I was going on until they wanted me to join that same day. At one point, I received a phone call at 0800 asking me if I wanted to go all the way to Glasgow (two hours away by train) to join a ship at 0900?
                I love deadlines. I like the whooshing sound they make as they fly by.....

                All posts here represent my own opinion and not that of my employer.

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                • #9
                  Re: First Trippers

                  Originally posted by GuinnessMan
                  Cadet:"Can I go on the boat with Chiefy?"
                  Maersk: "Who?"

                  I didnt find out what vessels I was going on until they wanted me to join that same day. At one point, I received a phone call at 0800 asking me if I wanted to go all the way to Glasgow (two hours away by train) to join a ship at 0900?
                  Some companies are dreadful at organising sea time for cadets, a friend of mine with North Star only got 2 months after being messed about for nearly 5 months of his phase two.
                  Life at sea is a life for me

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                  • #10
                    Re: First Trippers

                    Took me 4 months to get a berth with a large shipping company......
                    I love deadlines. I like the whooshing sound they make as they fly by.....

                    All posts here represent my own opinion and not that of my employer.

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                    • #11
                      Re: First Trippers

                      Originally posted by GuinnessMan
                      Cadet:"Can I go on the boat with Chiefy?"
                      Maersk: "Who?"
                      There is only 1 chiefy and the ships name may give them a weeeeeeeee clue

                      When I paid off I left b2b with a list of things on going......
                      camshaft exchange
                      6 fuel pumps to exchange
                      4 ICU's to exchange
                      Elevator to fix
                      Unit to pull cos of poorly piston rings
                      all 3 generators to strip as all 18 con-rods want checking for defects by the makers

                      ermm thats about it......
                      Enough to keep the average cadet amused for an hour or 3
                      Trust me I'm a Chief.

                      Views expressed by me are mine and mine alone.
                      Yes I work for the big blue canoe company.
                      No I do not report things from here to them as they are quite able to come and read this stuff for themselves.


                      Twitter:- @DeeChief

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                      • #12
                        Re: First Trippers

                        Yep! Lots of things for the cadet to break!
                        I love deadlines. I like the whooshing sound they make as they fly by.....

                        All posts here represent my own opinion and not that of my employer.

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                        • #13
                          Re: First Trippers

                          Join the Aurora in Mexico on 28th March, Get off in Southampton on 12th August. Via Panama Canal, St Lucia, Barbados, Madeira, Antigua, Oslo, Copenhagen, St Petersburg, Helsinki, Stockholm, Cadiz, Palma, Venice, Fjords, Barcelona blah blah blahhhhhhhh

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                          • #14
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                            We've been told we'll find out at some point in Jan from Maersk what ships we will be on, we're due to leave in Feb.

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                            • #15
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                              Originally posted by Martyboy
                              We've been told we'll find out at some point in Jan from Maersk what ships we will be on, we're due to leave in Feb.
                              Hmmm that would explain why we are getting mails asking if we have room for cadets in Feb / March Though we always have room, assuming I havent broken anything expensive and comandeer the cabins for my repair teams he he he
                              Trust me I'm a Chief.

                              Views expressed by me are mine and mine alone.
                              Yes I work for the big blue canoe company.
                              No I do not report things from here to them as they are quite able to come and read this stuff for themselves.


                              Twitter:- @DeeChief

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