Anyone worked in Guyana?

I put in with my company to go to Guyana (Doesn’t mean I will be going but I am trying to work my way into seeing other parts of the world.) Never been but it has to be a little more scenic than Fourchon…

Just don’t drink the koolaid :skull_and_crossbones:



Is the water considered Kool-Aid? Thats the question… Or is it simply a laxative?

Jonestown Massacre.


Yeah I knew about the Jonestown Massacre. I was just alluding to the running joke about never drinking the water in a foreign land. It was not a good joke and I apologize lol

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I’ve been in and out of Georgetown a few times. What are you wanting to know?

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How are the working conditions?

Spent any time ashore? If so, places to see that you may recommend?

Working with locals?

How is the food?

Anything one should know before going?

Just things like that. I know some of this would be found on google (Places to see) but sometimes people find little hole in the wall spots that are awesome!

Working conditions are fine. Be prepared for strong and unpredictable currents. Get a prescription for malaria meds before leaving the US.

I hope you like curry. I personally do but I know a lot of people do not. The local beef is questionable so make sure everything is well done.

The locals for the most part are friendly. That being said the area around the port is very dangerous for any “tourist” traveling alone. Your agent might be able to arrange a sight seeing tour of the city for a fair price with a trusted local.

Just use common sense and keep your head on a swivel if you go out and about, especially near the port. Good luck, I enjoyed my visits to Guyana.

Thanks for the information. I am not a huge fan of curry but I could learn to endure.

Working with ECO or HOS? No matter, the following pertains to crew for either company, both who’ve been working in Guyana since January 2016. Working conditions are OK and similar to those in other Caribbean countries with offshore oil/gas industry, however, the infrastructure in Guyana is rudimentary at this time. Time ashore, off of vessels, is extremely limited and one must remember you’ll be in a foreign country; act civil and responsible. Food aboard vessels will be prepared by a local crew member/cook and isn’t bad, but will be different from what you’ve been eating on a Fourchon-based boat. Food in Georgetown hotels and restaurants varies from local cuisine to European to Far Eastern, same as in thousands of other ports throughout the world. If you stay in country on your own time after crew change, or arrive in country on your own prior to crew change, there are some sights to be seen…but doing so will test your ability to act as your own travel agent; good luck. Local crew are great people and are learning the ins and outs of the offshore industry. Guyanese people are the same as in any other part of the world, nice. Treat someone well and you’ll be treated well yourself. If you get the chance to go to Guyana, work hard and make the most of it.


Will you be working on a crewboat ?


I travel a lot on my off time so I am well versed in not looking down on others in the locations that I would be in.

I hope not. I am currently on a 300+

Went there is the early 90’s a few times. Still have a treated anaconda skin I picked up, not to mention the Rum from Banks Brewery, but can’t say I still have that around. 16 foot tidal range, twice per day. You can actually see the tide come in the middle of the river while the water is still receding from the bank.

At over 300’ your client (ExxonMobile?) will be paying for a lot of boat that the won’t be able to load. The river is real shallow & deck cargo will be loaded at the state/city dock. (I forget the actual name of the dock.) The state/city dock is made of wooden planks & pilings. It was in bad shape & they had a problem of trucks & trailers tires falling through the dock. I heard that in the last year the wooden planks were paved over with asphalt but I’m sure it still shakes like crazy whenever someone looks at it too hard.

Downtown is right out of the gate from the city dock & there’s very little security. One step out of the gate & you are in the middle of it. It was a real easy place to walk in & our of. Bigger boats only get an 1-1.5 hour window to leave every 6 hours.

Sol fuel dock is where you’ll fuel up. Its even shallower than the state/city dock. The fuel was very clean automotive grade diesel but you have to be careful of not putting the boat on the bottom when loading.

The beef was real gamey tasting. I don’t think the cattle ranchers purged the animals properly before butchering.

Guyana used to not have many direct flights to the U.S. You used to have to fly somewhere else to get there.

Because of logistic problems, expect to make trips to Trinidad every so often.

Cargo loading operations at the present time are somewhat of a challenge due to the old dock infrastructure and depth of Demerara Channel. ExxonMobil will soon be working with a different logistics company at a brand new dock facility located further upriver from the JFL dock where all cargo operations have taken place since early 2016. As Sand_Pebble mentioned, fueling at the SOL jetty is a royal PITA for a number of reasons and there is no way to avoid your vessel sitting in the mud at low tide. Demerara Channel dredging activity is sporadic. The channel depth dictates when vessel transits and Pilot assistance or lack there of, at certain times, can also dictate when vessels transit.

And I was now told that I am not going… So all for nothing lol

Thanks for all of the information guys!