I’ll take your word for it Cap because I’ve never done it.
Harbor assist gets paid less than tug boats? Are these harbor assist boats you speak of not tugboats ?
500 tn 1600tn inland ,oceans, dodads ,gold jacket green jackets doesn’t really matter , as long as you can get the eprib and in the life raft if she goes down, and you can get the sailing vessel to the dock without wind . 250ft barge 400ft barge , barge is a barge just a damn barge .
What makes you assume that?
I’m not assuming. It’s the payscale. Plus tow boats is a hell of lot harder and more versatile. Alot of people on here get pissed if you post pay, i can tell you just about any pay for any company inland, it’s a market.
I can assure you the west coast ship assist contracts would surprise you. I have worked gulf on OSV and have talked to ICW tugboaters. The pay is terribly lopsided to the left coast, also the work rules included with a union contract help.
Tow boating may be harder but I guarantee assist tug boaters do better than most. We can thank the unions for that.
The more accurate pay scale information the better. Keeping accurate pay information a secret only helps the gyppo employers. It hurts mariners.
I don’t think anyone gets pissed if we discuss pay. What different supply boat companies were paying used to be a common topic.