[QUOTE=Bayrunner;114512]Im an east coast tug boat guy, but I have been thinking about heading to the GOM to work in the oil patch. I have a general idea of what you guys do but a lot of it is unknown to me. What is an average day aboard an OSV like? What do the mates do? What is it like in Fouchon? I have a 500 NC master and a Master of Towing and im planing on taking DP basic in the near future but before I leave my tugs and spend the money on the class and door knocking I want a better idea of what im getting myself into.
Let me see, what is it like in Fourchon? Just try to imagine the most crowded little yacht harbor or marina you can think of. Then try to imagine navigating a 300 foot OSV down the middle of this crowded little harbor, with crew boats passing you on both sides, shrimp boats pulling right out in front of you not answering the radio, and no place to tie up to stand by when you don’t have business at a specific dock.
What do mates do on a OSV? For the most part, take a random picture of the ocean then sit there and stare at it for 12 hours, with the random chance of taking a picture of a drilling rig or platform, then sit there and stare out the stern control station for 12 hours, with an occasional pushing of a button on the DP consol.
What is it like on an OSV? You go to random docks, hook up a hose load mud, disconnect hose. Go to the next dock hook up another hose, load fuel and water. Go to another dock, hook up another hose and load barite and or cement. Go to another dock and load deck cargo. make 12 hour run to drilling rig. Watch crane remove deck cargo and then watch your engineers hook up hoses and pump off all product they spent 3 days putting on boat. Return to Fourchon and repeat.
I think that should about cover life on a OSV.