Looking to get out of the commercial fishing industry and into the workboat industry.
I am willing to start out at the bottom and work my way to the top. I will work in engine room on deck or on the bridge.
23 years in the maritime industry, the vast majority on commercial super seiner tuna vessels.
Most recently, I was the captain of several super seiner tuna vessels owned by the Trimarine Corporation (Starkist Tuna). Immediately prior to this experience I was the captain of super seiner M.J. Souza (1,468 g.t.), a large high-seas commercial fishing vessel owned by a prominent New Zealand fishing corporation and operating in the international waters of the Central Pacific. As well as being both registered master and fish-captain of the vessel, my other responsibilities included running the crew of 20 men, managing all helicopter operations, coordination of repairs, unloading of 1,300 tons of fish at the end of each voyage, the bunkering, re-supplying and re-fitting done during each unloading call, and all navigation and safety supervision of the bridge.
Previous to this experience I accumulated 15 years as master aboard various super seiners within the Zuanich Fishing Corporation, based in Guam; the Caribbean Fishing Corporation, in Samoa, and Zollezzi Enterprises in Samoa.
As captain of a super seiner, along with my responsibilities of overall command, fishing operations, navigation, and hiring and firing of crew, I also supervised all repairs and refit work done to the vessel. It was also my responsibility to ensure that all necessary equipment, supplies and sundries were ordered and aboard for each voyage.
While working my way up, I spent 4 years working in the engine room as a second assistant engineer. My duties included standard engine room watch keeping and maintenance, scheduled oil and filter changes, assisting in repairs and rebuilds of the main and auxiliary engines, cleaning centrifuges, ammonia system maintenance and minor adjustments, electric and hydraulic motor bearing replacements and overhauls, and fabrication and welding projects. I am also a certified welder, and specialized in stick and MIG welding. Many times during my fishing career I have been in continuous service of a vessel for over a year, working early in my career as both oiler and AB simultaneously, often in excess 130 hours a week, and I am adept at rigging, splicing, net sewing, line handling and of course continually working with high tension tow cables.
In 1994 I worked for Tide Water in Harvey, La., towing jack-up oil rigs for approximately 4 months. I signed on as an AB, and was quickly raised to Mate / 2nd Captain, serving on the Jaguar and Mr. Charlie, both 7,000 hp towing vessels.
As Navigator on high-seas super seiners I was responsible for and performed all duties of navigation, wheelman, radioman, sonar and radar operator, G.P.S. buoy tracking, radio direction tracking, all plotters, ship and helicopter computers, all fishing and deck hydraulic operations, all fishery reporting and documentation, supervision of bridge watch keeping, electronics troubleshooting, and served as ship’s surgeon.
In 1993, after receiving my first mate’s license, I worked as 2nd captain aboard the deep sea sport fisher Shogun home ported at Fisherman’s Landing, San Diego. The vessel was chartered by the Monterey Bay Aquarium to catch live yellow fin tuna for their aquatic exhibit, The vessel also performed tagging and tracking of live tuna off the coast of California in unison with research vessel Point Sur
I have worked out of Central and South America, the Caribbean, Samoa, New Guinea, Guam, Singapore, the Marianas, New Zealand and so forth. Though I’m very friendly and cooperative, I am business-first and a stickler for detail and safety.
• 81/2 hr. Survival Craft (OSV) course – So. Cal. Merchant Marine Training Services
• 16 hr. Basic Fire Fighting Course– So. Cal. Merchant Marine Training Services
• Personal Safety and Social Responsibility Course– So. Cal. Merchant Marine Training Services
• Bridge Resource Management– So. Cal. Merchant Marine Training Services
• 8 hr. Elementary First Aid / CPR with AED– So. Cal. Merchant Marine Training Services
• 15 hr. STCW Personal Survival Techniques Course– So. Cal. Merchant Marine Training Services
• 48 hr. Able Seaman-Military Sealift Command West Coast training Center
• Advanced Shipboard Fire Fighting-Fire Suppression School
• Radar Observer Unlimited-Maritime Institute
• 30 hr. Survival craft- Training Resources LTD
• Shielded Metal Arc Welding-San Diego Community College.
1. MASTER OF FISHING VESSELS 2,000 GRT UPON OCEANS
2. MATE STEAM OR MOTOR VESSELS 1,600 GRT UPON OCEANS
3. MASTER OF STEAM OR MOTOR VESSELS 200 GRT UPON OCEANS
4. RADAR OBSERVER UNLIMITED
5. ABLE BODIED SEAMAN UNLIMITED
6. MARINE RADIO OPERATOR
7. STANDARDS IN TRAINING,CERTIFICATION AND WATCHKEEPING 95
8. TRANSPORTATION WORKERS IDENTIFICATION CARD
9. AMERICAN WELDING SOCIETY CERTIFIED SHIELED METAL ARC WELDER
Excellent boat handler and safe navigator. Proficient on all ship board electronics sonar,radar-x band -s band - ARPA,radios,sat-com,iridium,helicopter plotting,RDF,Sat buoys-Orimage, Zunibal etc,including computers Windows and Mac OS. General inspection,maintenance and repair. Hydraulic machinery operator,all cranes and winches,general carpentry and certified welder. Make net repairs, splice cables and ropes,rigging, chipping and painting.
Fair understanding of ammonia refrigeration systems.As far as fishing goes I am excellent for finding and catching tuna.
Willing to work anywhere. I also have experience with oil spill clean up.
I'm getting out of my old industry by choice. In the commercial fishing industry, we get paid by production. I was a successful fish master, but the industry for Americans is going down hill fast.