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  • Rank progression?

    How long does it take to progress to 2nd officer after you become a third officer? Also how long does it take to become chief officer/captain after you're 2nd officer? Thanks

  • #2
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    What company or sector do you have in mind?

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    • #3
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      CMA CGM and deck officer

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      • #4
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        According to the MCA, you require a minimum of 18 months SEA time before you can apply for you Chief Officer's ticket, and then another 18 months SEA time before you can apply to do you Master's.

        Also, promotion isn't going to be based on "time on board" but on your ability. If you are a very good and have a few decent reports then you're going to be promoted faster. At the end of the day, there is no way of giving you a number as it will be different for each and every person.
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        • #5
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          Thanks im just eager to make my way to captain as soon as possible with lots of hard work and dedication. Lets say i become a deck officer when im 24 (in 3 years) could i possibly make it to captain before im 30? thanks

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          • #6
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            you would be lucky to do it in that time
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            • #7
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              I had the picture that a highly motivated and hard working Officer could make to Master or Chief in 12 years. Not sure if thats at all accurate though

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              • #8
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                remember as well there are going to be others on the list for promotions so you may not get promoted each time you are eligible
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                • #9
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                  Do CMA CGM employ British officers?

                  Should be plenty of boxboat boys on here with a good idea of the quickest you could do it in that sector.

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                  • #10
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                    i would be happy to qualify first
                    Be what you want to be not what other people tell you to be
                    Adapt and over come
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                    • #11
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                      it can be done in 10-12 years depends ona few things, like wether you stop in the same company or move to get the promotion.

                      Bear in ind a few points..
                      Comapnies will only pay for you to do your next ticket (usually) after some minimum time working for them, normally they wont let you apply for study leave until you complete the minimum time with them.

                      They may also hold you to a minimum time staying with them after passing your next ticket, so they dont feel dirty and used

                      Having the next ticket does not guarantee you the next rank, there are plenty who shoot up the ranks like it is a devine right and are clueless as they didnt actually master the previous rank cos they where to busy looking at the next one etc (personal hobby horse BTW).

                      Companies stagnate occasionally (global recesions and such like) so there may be periods when it is dead mens boots, other times they may build like furry and promotion is like ubber rapid as they need the bums on seats, as this is cyclic (normally) now is a good time to be starting

                      Luck, sometimes it is just pure luck you are in the right place at the right time to get moved, though this might mean doing an extended trip with the second part at the new higher rank, but thems the breaks and chances

                      Bottom to top in 10-12 years is considered fairly rapid but not un-heard of
                      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.


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                      • #12
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                        Captains of 26 - 30 years old are not unheard of in all almost all sectors. But most of those started at 16 and as Chiefy said its a lot to do with luck. I made Chief Mate at 25 and now working somewhere else as 2/O again for more money!

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                        • #13
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                          How can you be working as a 2/O for more money than a cheif mate? I thought cheif mates made more money? Or is it all down to the company your with? If so what companys pay the most money, is CMA CGM good pay?

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                          • #14
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                            Varies from company to company and sector to sector, so very easy to earn more at a lower rank by moving around within the industry
                            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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