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    Hi all, I started a deck cadetship 5 years ago but regrettably I decided to pull out during my first sea phase. Since then I've completed an HND in Electrical & Electronic Engineering and now work as a substation fitter for a power company. The problem is I really I want to go back to sea as an eto but having started and not completed a deck cadetship before, my chances of being sponsored by another company are pretty slim given the Smart funding issue etc.

    As etos don't currently need to have CoCs, does anyone know what other routes there are to become an eto besides a cadetship? Some cruise ships have HVAC engineers, might this or a similar shoreside role be a possible way in?

    Any advice much appreciated

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    As from the admendments made ot the STCW code in 2010 all Ships that carry an ETO will require that person to have an ETO CoC this was implimented this year and i believe there is 5 years for complicance. Really what your looking for is how current ETO's will gain this or an equivalent with in that time.

    Maybe some of the Cadets from crusie ships might have come across people with different backgrounds and how they got into it, from my experience on tankers i really dont think you will have a chance,

    there are certificates like navigation instrument and radio maintenance that you could do, but i think it would be best to fine a company first, As a comparison i have an HND in Electronics and im having to work through the cadetship,
    you can take it with a pinch of salt, but i prefer it with a nip of whisky

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