There is nothing wrong with not liking the company you work for. If you don’t like your job, find something else to do by the house to keep some money coming in until you find another job that you would like. There are PLENTY of people out there who WISH they where still working on the boats to keep a paycheck. I got laid off after working for ECO for 4 years. I BEGGED my coordinator to find me a spot as an AB and I have the 6000 master osv and unlimited dpo, I didn’t care i just wanted to keep working and more importantly keep my benefits. Unfortunately that didn’t happen. I spent 9 months trying to find a full time job, while doing small side gigs and some contract work, until i landed a full time job, granted i don’t really like it but it pays my bills. I still am doing contract work on the tugs HGIM sold working on getting the sea time to submit for my towing endorsement.
The job market for the entire industry is pretty tight right now. A lot of tug companies are starting to feel the pinch cause of the downturn. Vane brothers just laid off some 60 people from what i hear, correct me if i am wrong, OSG has laid up a couple boats, Crowley is laying up some equipment, Bouchard laid up vessels etc etc.
Even if you got a job as an deckhand/ab on another vessel, you probably wont make as much are you are now. Most tugs are even time and starting pay with no experience on them are pretty low, my guess average is at 200 if not lower.
If they keep you working, just keep your mouth shut and DO YOUR JOB!!! things will turn around and when more boats finally get pulled out of stack it will open up more opportunities for you or start knocking on doors again.
I don’t know how old your are but you sound like a typical millennial who wants everything handed to them for doing nothing to earn it. I can say while I was at ECO, if someone like you came across the boat I was on with that kind of attitude;
"I would gladly save you hundreds of dollars a day if you gave me my pay back. I could easily do it too. But as it stands why should I even care? I see this all the time now. The maintenance is getting pencil whipped, fragile and sensitive equipment is broken on purpose, cleaning supplies and oils are wasted and dumped everywhere with reckless abandon, rust ignored, expensive equipment neglected and allowed to burn out, food simply thrown away or left out to rot. Why should we care? Its not our equipment, its not our money. People didn’t have this attitude when you were paying us well. As long as you pay me this BS pay… I am going to cost you more than it would take to simply pay me more. And it isn’t even sabotage. Im not running around with an ax breaking things. Its just a mindset I and others have adopted, some of them don’t even realize it. We cost you a lot more than you think."
The Master and myself would run you the fuck off the boat.