Nice one Martin. Looks like you have a bit more happening than the CIMare forum at the moment.
How does a dual ticket grab you ? Broaden your horizon so to speak. In the July issue of the Telegraph - NAUTILUS UK union paper - right on the back page is an article on a chap who holds a Masters Ticket and Chief Engineer. I really only agree with his final comment " Even if you decide you dont like the other side, it gives you base knowledge that will always be useful........"
Unfortunately I would have a hard time jumping jobs. Imagine sailing as a Master, and having a Chief rattle off some bs reason for not doing something, when you know better, or you being the Chief and watching a Master do something real stupid. I guess in his particular case being on tankers its not quite the same as in my field..........offshore supply boats !!
I can just picture me sitting next to the OM, him driving, me on the winch, doing a rig move, and he starts having trouble driving the boat !! Jumping over centre consoles to grab the sticks.............
Jokes aside, in the UK the concept has pretty much died a death, but I believe there are a few states in Europe that have had dual tickets a long time, and continue to issue them. Is it something we need to consider, as Engineers, to be able to be a Master as well ??
" A Jack of all trades.........Master of none " !!