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    Basically I've had offers from both Maersk and Subsea 7. Any advice on which company would be the best to go with? Which one is likely to provide jobs at the end of my cadetship and open up other opportunities? I'm stuck, please help!!!!

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    Originally posted by Surf&Sail View Post
    Basically I've had offers from both Maersk and Subsea 7. Any advice on which company would be the best to go with? Which one is likely to provide jobs at the end of my cadetship and open up other opportunities? I'm stuck, please help!!!!
    Subsea7 offshore experience is valuable when looking for a job. Also the container shipping industry is dead as far as British junior deck officers are concerned.

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    • #3
      Thank you, gives me an idea. The marine pilots I work with are saying similar things

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      • #4
        How did you get your offer? Post or Email??

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        • #5
          Subsea was a letter through the post and maersk was phone call and then a follow up e-mail

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          • #6
            Like don't get me wrong sailing as a cadet on deep sea cargo ships can be an amazing experience. But it is probably more worthy as a gap year idea than actualy preparing you for what is expectedof British deck officers now days.

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            • #7
              To be fair Maersk took 40 British junior deck officers into their container fleet in the last year. A cadet ship with Maersk also offers opportunities to sail on offshore vessels and tankers. Subsea 7 offers a stronger chance of breaking into the offshore sector if they employ you afterwards but there are many people looking to join offshore companies and they are cherry picking. It really depends on what you want to do later. Deep sea or offshore, it's a tough choice.
              They told me I was gullible and I believed them.

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              • #8
                I really don't know what I want to do afterwards. It's a proper difficult decision

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by Surf&Sail View Post
                  I really don't know what I want to do afterwards. It's a proper difficult decision
                  i had the same choice and went for maersk haha

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                  • #10
                    Do you think it was a good choice?

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                    • #11
                      As someone who did their cadetship on container ships (not with Maersk though), I would take the Subsea7 one for a foot into the offshore industry as long term that is where I would be looking to end up anyway. Good money/leave rotations. Most people I went to college with are now either working in offshore or in the passenger sector. There are a couple of people on tankers but generally the chances of having a long term future in the deep sea cargo sector in slim IMO.

                      All depends what you want to do of course but that's my opinion on it.

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by Surf&Sail View Post
                        Do you think it was a good choice?
                        Yeah, i spoke to a guy i know who's a captain for shell - he said that maersk would have much more of a corporate feel and with the new triple e's coming in they're bound to be looking for more crew..? Subsea7 is through Anglo-Eastern anyway so you wont be employed by them it'll be A-E?

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                        • #13
                          why is there no future in container shipping, sorry to interrupt lol just curious

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                          • #14
                            Because most container companies tend to employ guys from eastern Europe or the far east on half the money.

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                            • #15
                              I think the way forward for British seafarers is to specialise. I agree with EH75 that there is an increase in crewing with Eastern European and Asian officers, but you will find exceptions to the rule, (such as Maersk who like to maintain a good mix of European and non European crews on their vessels). But if you are able to specialise; offshore, gas carriers, chemical tankers etc then you will find the future a lot more rosy. There will always be a need for British officers in the cruise sector however.
                              I don't think there is any harm in doing a cadetship with a container company, but go into it with the expectation you might end up working elsewhere after qualifiying. If you can find a company like Maersk that puts cadets on a variety of vessel types during their training, then all the better.
                              It's interesting to note that crews of offshore vessels operating in the North Sea are almost exclusively British or Scandanavian. Obviously I'm sure there are exceptions.
                              Whatever company you choose for a cadetship, just try to get as much out of it as possible. Beg to be sent on training courses, if they offer you anything extra take it. That way you will be more prepared than most for life after qualification. Join the HCMM and make use of their training grants.
                              Have no fear, there is work for British seafarers, but possibly just not where you expect it.
                              They told me I was gullible and I believed them.

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