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Merchant Marine Steward and Cook Job Description, Career as a Merchant Marine Steward and Cook, Salary, Employment - Definition and Nature of the Work, Education and Training Requirements, Getting the Job

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Employment Outlook Poor

Definition and Nature of the Work

Stewards and cooks see to the daily needs of passengers and crew aboard ship. They prepare and serve meals and maintain living quarters. All freighters, tankers, and passenger ships employ stewards.

Chief stewards supervise the preparation of food. They are also responsible for the maintenance of ships' living quarters and mess halls, keeping careful records of the use of food, linens, and furniture. On passenger ships chief stewards are in charge of the comfort of the passengers.

Chief cooks supervise the other kitchen employees. They plan menus in cooperation with chief stewards, issue supplies, and butcher and cut meat. They often cook the most demanding meals on the menu, and delegate other responsibilities to second cooks and bakers. In addition, they supervise the cleaning and maintenance of kitchens.

Second cooks support chief cooks in the preparation of food and maintenance of kitchen safety and cleanliness. Third cooks generally assist their superiors. Bakers are in charge of making desserts. Utility hands carry supplies, prepare vegetables, and wash and scour utensils. Mess attendants set tables, serve food, clean tables, and wash dishes. They also maintain the living quarters aboard ship.

Education and Training Requirements

The job has no formal educational requirements, although workers must have seaman's papers, which are issued by the U.S. Coast Guard. To receive these papers, workers must either participate in training programs or have promises of jobs from companies or unions. However, both companies and unions now promise jobs only in exceptional cases.

Several different kinds of schools provide training. Both the Seafarers International Union and the National Maritime Union sponsor schools for qualified candidates. The New York City school system offers maritime training at the Food and Maritime Trade High School. Some states have their own maritime academies. Workers are also trained at the U.S. Naval Academy, the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy, and the U.S. Coast Guard Academy.

Besides classroom training, any experience in the U.S. Coast Guard or U.S. Navy is useful, as is experience as a cook.

Getting the Job

Job seekers must first obtain seaman's papers from the Coast Guard and health certificates from the U.S. Public Health Service. Because very few companies or unions promise jobs, most new workers get their first jobs by registering at union or government hiring halls. The government hiring halls are run by the U.S. Navy's Military Sealift Command. These halls are located in major ports throughout the country.

Job openings go first to registered workers who have the most seniority and who have been out of work the longest. To get jobs workers must be present at the hiring halls when the openings occur.

Because seaman's papers do not guarantee continuing employment, all workers go to hiring halls between jobs. The waiting period may be only one week for those with seniority; new workers usually have to wait much longer.

Advancement Possibilities and Employment Outlook

Workers advance only on the recommendation of chief stewards to ship captains. New workers generally start as mess attendants or utility hands. With strong recommendations, mess attendants or utility hands can go on to such jobs as third cook, cook/baker, chief cook, and finally chief steward. The U.S. Coast Guard issues documents for each rank. The only requirement is age: third cooks must be at least nineteen years old; chief cooks and chief stewards must be at least twenty-one years old.

Job prospects are unfavorable. Most new ships are built to replace older ships, and the new vessels require fewer workers. Openings occur as workers retire or leave the field. However, there will be stiff competition for those jobs. Most openings will be filled by experienced workers who are unemployed.

Working Conditions

Living quarters on ships are clean and adequate. Like all merchant marine workers, cooks and stewards are away from home for long periods. Work aboard ships can be hazardous because of the constant risk of fire, falls, collisions, and sinking. Workers may be exposed to harsh weather while at sea.

The monthly pay of stewards and cooks is based on a forty-hour workweek. However, overtime work and other variations in hours occur regularly. Workers receive extra pay for this work.

Earnings and Benefits

Because of federal laws and the efforts of a strong union, employees of the U.S. merchant marine are among the highest-paid seamen in the world. In 2004 the median wage of chief stewards was $14.86 per hour; of chief cooks, $4,618 per month, including overtime pay; and of mess attendants and utility hands, $3,199 per month, including overtime. Over-time work increases most salaries by fifty percent. However, because employees of the merchant marine must often wait between jobs, their yearly income tends to be lower than the monthly figures would indicate.

Where to Go for More Information

Maritime Administration, U.S. Department of Transportation
400 Seventh St. SW
Washington, DC 20509
(800) 996-2723
http://www.marad.dot.gov

Seafarers International Union of North America
5201 Auth Way
Camp Springs, MD 20746-4275
(301) 899-0675
http://www.seafarers.org

Benefits include room and board, medical care, hospitalization insurance, pensions, and five to fifteen hours of paid vacation for each thirty days of employment.

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over 4 years ago


Position : Cook
Age : 51 yrs old
Expires : 20 years on tanker ship, container ship, general cargo ship, trawl ship
Cuisine : japan style, melayu style.
Trade Area : Indian Ocean
Wage : US.$. 1.500/Month
Email : kurnia.ahmad@ymail.com
Call : +62 813 254 707 62

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over 5 years ago

im seeking job in cargo vessel cheif cook .guide me were to go .how to apply.i have 7 yrs exp at sea

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over 4 years ago

Can help you

Position : Cook ?
Age : 50 years old
Expires : 20 years On Tanker ship, container ship, Cargo ship,
Fishing Ship.
Cuisine : Japan, Melayu.
Trade Area : Indian Ocean
Wage US.$ : 1.500,oo/month

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about 5 years ago

am a chef ,,,,am working doha,,,,,qater,, i like to work in ship,,,,,how can i get the job?

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over 4 years ago

i have 12 yr cooking experience and has also a master degree. i.m vert interested to join marint.kindly give me a chance as a chief cook. i,m workinf as a c c in pakistan

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over 4 years ago


Position : Cook
Age : 51 yrs old
Expires : 20 years on tanker ship, container ship, general cargo ship, trawl ship
Cuisine : japan style, melayu style.
Trade Area : Indian Ocean
Wage : US.$. 1.500/Month
Email : kurnia.ahmad@ymail.com
Call : +62 813 254 707 62

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almost 5 years ago

Hi, I am Daud Eric, Malaysian. I have been working in Cruise lines and hotel industries for a few years. I am looking for a cook job in an offshore or a cargo ship. If any available position, please email to my email. Thank you.

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over 5 years ago

HELLO MY NAME IS KENNETH GREENIDGE IM CURRENTLY A MEMBER OF THE S.I.U UNION AND HAVE RECIEVED A JOB ON ALL SEAGOING SHIPS , BUT IM LOOKING FOR A PERMANENT JOB, WITH MAERSK, CROWLEY AMSEA, NOT RELIEF JOBS. PERMANENT JOBS ARE 4 X 4. THANK YOU

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about 6 years ago

I have a very special relationship with an Engineer, and he and his wife both suggested that I apply for a job as a cheft. They have shared many dinners with myself, which include Italian and Southern cooking. I also have experience in the medical field. I am very interested in finding out more information, as to my ability and job opportunity. Please e-mail if you are interested. I can get you a full resume which included, infection control, quality assurance, medical knowledge, etc. I am currently working in an ICU unit in Columbia, MD.

Thank you for your time and consideration. Cindy

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over 6 years ago

157cm strecture and 38" chaest

body color broun right hand working

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4 days ago

I need baker asst cook steward job

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2 months ago

I need steward jobs any ship

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5 months ago

To
Personnel Manager
c/o Ship crew department




Application for Employment – Ch.Cook / Cook / Steward.

Dear Sir/Madam,
I would like to introduce my self, my name is Suyanto and currently I am
42 Years old. I am writing to you to submit my CV for consideration for employment as a Ch.Cook / Cook / Steward within your company.

Over 15 years, I have gained global experience working container ship, passenger ships, survey Ships and drilling ship This has led me to develop a good understanding of English and has also provided me the opportunity to develop my IT skill (using MS Word & Excel).

I am highly dedicated worker whom is always keen to quickly learn new skill. I fell that my work experience has prepared me also to work well as a team member in range of Conditions.

In return for employment, I can guarantee high degree of commitment and loyalty to the Company with my job being carried out with great dedication.

I look forward to hearing from you; your consideration will be highly appreciated.
Thank you very much for your kindness.

Yours Sincerely,




Suyanto

E-mail: Suyanto23573@gmail.com
Mobile : +62-81387254173
Pin BB : 330CD87D





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over 1 year ago

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over 1 year ago

i am searching job as cheff for continental foods making

Exp 2 years
contact number : 8082745458

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almost 2 years ago

mahadevaswamy h

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almost 2 years ago

18 years offshore cooking out in the gulf of of Mexico on supply vessels boats,and barges,drill ships and ,oil rigs in Louisiana,Mississippi,Alabama,Florida areas text or call me (985)774-5401

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about 2 years ago

Name:Cyrus zaldeo M. Vito jr.
Age: 31 years old
Address: 11B july extension bahay toro proj.8 Quezon City
Company:Royal caribbean cruise line Position:cook from 2012 until 2015
Visa: C1D exp:2019
Email: cyrus_vito15@yahoo.com
Contact #: 63 906 535 9402

I am looking for new company to have a great opportunity and good salary as well.I am a fast learner and good listener too willing to start as soon as possible.

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over 2 years ago

176cm 58kg

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about 3 years ago

post :chief cook
experience: 25 years
age:45

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over 3 years ago

Iwas born on november 8.1952 inBRSEC
A year after schooling and military service I was working 2. jears in Opatija in hotel.Ater I start to sail.
On line around the world on ships of splosna plovba i work as steward with Amerikan pasenger,After this line stopped to exsist i was sailing on cargo ships of Splosna Plovba Piran til 2003. And nau I for 11 jer.M.S.C.
at container ship.CATERING=COOK AND STEWARD.

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over 3 years ago

uc dash position;chif cook -age.34;xnavy .18years cooking exp in indian navy ship at sea

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almost 4 years ago

i have 9 months expierence holding indian cdc .i worked as second cook looking for a job steward please comment .

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almost 4 years ago

178 cm 88 kg

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almost 4 years ago

178 cm 88 kg

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almost 4 years ago

178 cm 88 kg

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almost 4 years ago

sir mery taleem under matrick hay

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almost 4 years ago

my name is faisal shahbaz father name is karam elahi sir man navy mam bator chief steward kam kkkarna chata

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about 4 years ago

hi im looking for a job in a vessel,ihave 11 month exp.as a cook,pls tell me in which comp.should i applied

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over 4 years ago

Mob: 07427552505
62 Park street,
Slough,
Berkshire,
SL1 1PS
I am a good, loyal, hard worker and team player, well liked and respected by both management and colleagues for providing the high quality food. With over 20 years of experience in the hotel and shipping company, I have been dedicated and passionate about producing high quality and innovative dishes for multi- cuisine specially British and oriental. I am very much interested in being considered for the position off cook on any of your vessel and I believe that I have the experience and skills necessary to take up this position. It would be my honor to be the member of your top ship’s galley and if given a chance I will prove myself to be an asset to the company. I wish to have an opportunity to meet you or have a face to face talk regarding this position.

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over 4 years ago

hi I am looking for a job position of stewardess,cabin stwds,55 yrs old,20yrs exp.on passenger,gen.cargo,tanker.
I have STCW,seamans book,US C1/d,russian passport.
How can I get a job ?any ship type,
thanks,
lena1460@gmail.com

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over 4 years ago

I am a contract worker in canada at present,i have many years of experience in food and beverage department as a waiter in sheratone hotel and some other companies.I found my self to be more fationate

in cooking untill now.

I work in calgary alberta canada as a cook for 4years mostly italian theme.I have a dream to work in shiping company if giving me a chance.

My strongest strengths are interpersonal communication,effective time management and ability to multitask.Besides i am hardworking,dedicated and goal oriented.There is no doubt i will bring with me a solid work ethics and experience professionalism as will.I can be reached by phone 403 903 0423 or by email at;felixmondragon69@yahoo.ca



Thank you and looking forward to receive a call or email from you.



Sincerily,



Felix Mondragon

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over 4 years ago


Dear Sir/Madam,
After I knew and learned about your firm through the net, I hereby wish to express my strong interest of being part of your staff in the capacity of a cook. I have an experience of more than 17 years in the field of food preparation on ships(sea) and hotels(land).I have worked for different shipping companies hence my long experience as indicated in my attached curriculum vitae.Attached, kindly find my updated CV, latest recommendation letter and other relevant documents.I will be indeed grateful if I had a chance to be part of your staff. Hoping for a positive feed back.Thank you in advance.Yours faithfully,Twalib Mwalimu

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over 4 years ago

i have 15momth cook exp i have indian cdc can do the job in catering campany pls inform me where i apply pls

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over 4 years ago

sir,i am a pakistani chef. ihave complete my two years diploma from hotel MIDWAY HOUSE at karachi air port english,chaines,and some french food can make.if u give me job in your college,i must be a good teacher for students. i am educated man,i have my 6 children & wife. i have 20years exp. i was in malaysia as a chef in k.L, i can speek broken english. i shall wait for your ans.my cell no is,0345.2122237.

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over 4 years ago

I.POMBAI CRUZ RAJ,CHIEFCOOK,for past fifteen in oil tankers, holding C1D U.S VISA,SEARCHING JOB IN U.S COASTAL OR OFFSHORE SHIPS.

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over 4 years ago

i am must need this

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over 4 years ago

i am must need this job

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almost 5 years ago

sailor,sailorengineer,cook,look for ships,20 year jobs in the ships

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almost 5 years ago

I AM WORKING IN MERCHANT NAVY SINCE 1994 18TH JAN. FIRST TIME I WAS CHIEF STEWARD. THEN CHIEF COOK BECAUSE CHIEF STEWARD IS NOW NO LONGER IN OPERATION.
ALREADY 8 YEARS + EXPERIENCE

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over 5 years ago

my name is mohammed hassan from india i am searching for a good job in marine world so pl z show me such a good opportunity


Thank you

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almost 6 years ago

I am currently working for Norfolk Public Schools, Child Nutrition center, have been for over 2years we server at the elementary school over 425 children breakfast/lunch, my duties include batch cooking, log keeping, chemical testing,maintaining kitchen cleanliness, washing of trays, pots/pans milk coolers/steamers/ovens inventory keeping, prep for next days meals/ line server/ cashiering/overseeing of preparing of foods, sweeping/mopping/ checking of temperatures of line foods/proper temperatures cooked foods and logging of everything left over and proper cooling down of and storinf of left overs.hard worker, dedicated,single, grown kids, can and willing to travel, no ties.available ASAP

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almost 6 years ago

It has been useful in my search for information on becoming a seaman. i will utilize this information to continue my search.

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over 6 years ago

nice i learned more a lot from it.

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over 6 years ago

my name is numan ali i m from pakistan but now im in russia i m steward in ship i have sae man medeical passprot ,oti trainning passprot ,and exp 2year i need to job in pakistan navy

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over 6 years ago

157cm strecture and 38" chaest

body color broun right hand working