Made my fifth trip down to Louisiana in search of an OS/Deckhand job since deciding almost a year and a half ago on a career change. Thought I would post a travelogue for any others looking in the Gulf.
Stopped by the Job Fair in Biloxi. Corps. of Engineers rep said the only jobs in which they will consider inexperienced mariners are the temporary special projects (i.e.: Miss. river Mat project in Vicksburg, lock and dam repair). Fugro occasionally has marine positions but only had one licensed job at the moment. Omega Protein is still in need of fishermen, experience not necessary- call 1-866-944-0844 for an application and read the Pogey Boat thread here.
Drove to Lafayette
Aries Marine- No openings, accepting applications
Hercules Liftboats- Hiring freeze, wouldn’t take my resume
Kilgore Marine- no openings, no apps
Gulffleet- no openings, accepting apps
Candy Fleet- saw nine boats tied up from the Morgan City Bridge, didn’t bother
Laborde offshore and liftboats- nothing
Fleet Operators- nothing
North Bank Towing- no openings, accepting apps
Comar- no openings, accept apps
Cenac offshore- nothing
K&K Offshore- nothing(Boats tied up in front of office)
J. Ray Mcdermott- no OS jobs, need engineers-all types (use the website to apply!!!)
GOL- ???(Alex was busy), accepting apps
Kevin Gros, nothing
Montco Liftboats- maybe have a position, accepting apps
Abdon Callais- no openings, accepting apps
C&G Boats- nothing
Cheramie Marine- no openings, accepting apps
L&M Botruc- nothing
Odyssea Marine- interviews Mon - Thur. 1 to 3pm, always accepting apps
Kim Susan (Fagan) ??? Personnel manager on vacation
Thursday’s search ended early because the next company I visited, which didn’t have any openings, had me turning my head and coughing within the hour. Yes, that’s right. I got a job!!! Should know in a few days what boat I’m on and when I ship out. Don’t know whether I’ll be on a crewboat or utility/mini supply but either way I am one excited MF!
- Things are still slow there
- The liftboat market is awful with the lack of new projects
- It is much harder now to get past receptionists than it was just three months ago. Try to make appointments with the personnel managers prior to showing up.
- If you’re trying to decide whether to go deck or engineering, the engine room seems to be where it’s at as far as openings.
- I would have given up a long time ago had I not found the great advice from industry vets here. A big THANKS to all of you!!!
- Grey-haired, balding, middle-aged, inexperienced, wannabe mariners can get lucky with a little persistence