[QUOTE=bob;26540]Thanks everyone… Darn do I sound melancholy?!?
Lets try this: Arrr !
Im raping up my first year as an AB here in the oilpatch and looking back its been a hoot! Now time to consider whats next. I really dont want to be a career AB and am looking at the OICNW 1600 mate route as apposed to the 100 master route. But Im also a practical type. So the question is, whats the likely hood of getting hired on at Chouest (et al) as a 1600 ton mate NC?
Does EC actually use mates or do they prefer a 1600 master and sail them as a mate?
First of all, the OICNW 1600 ton route is not the way to go. If I were you, I would get with Nicky now, and say you will take an OS position to get your foot in the door, anything. Chances are 99%, if this tactic will get you in the front door, you will be hired as AB. I will be looking for 2 ABs in the next 2 to 4 weeks, for the Dino Chouest, when the rotations come up for the guys that recently left because they wanted to go on an Alaska boat (at least that’s what they think till they get there).
Then, I would start on the Mate OSV with 6,000 ton endorsement and utilize the free school at Chouest.
There are no preferences in licenses over others just because one being over the other in tonnage, or scope. It comes down to the person and my trust in him. I’ve had unlimited masters that I would not even loan my baseball glove to on one hand, and Mate OSVs that I have no problem with conning the vessel while I’m down on the other.