I fully expect a bit of an uproar with this but I intend it so that I have a solid expectation from people who actually know.
I have always heard that there is large difference in the OSV industry in the GOM vs almost any other maritime industry or region. My only true experience is in this GOM oilfield division and have worked my way up from an entry level OS with zero experience to Third Mate, hopefully Second Mate here in the next few trips. The only people I have to really try to judge my opinion of how the other maritime divisions operate is by the opinion of other people here in the GOM and I feel that I may be getting a slightly biased opinion. I do not think that the guys here are trying to down talk blue-water shipping or anything but I feel that they may have never been on that side OR it was so long ago that everything has changed so much since they were there.
As a Mate, how would my job differ from the OSV world? I understand that each vessel has a different job task be it tankers, containers, bulk, etc. but I have heard that in some industries that a Mate works on the deck and then I have heard that it is somewhat similar to what I do here which is oversee deck projects, loading and unloading deck cargo, participating in the creation of drills, safety appliance checklists, maneuvering the vessel, etc.
As I am sure most of you know, here a Mate is a Mate. Second, Third, doesn’t matter, you are just a Mate and your job is essentially the same.
I would imagine that each type of shipping would require its own set of skills or knowledge depending upon what kind of operations you are tasked with the job of the vessel. Would it be a big “Culture Shock” going from a Mate on an OSV to on a ship of any kind? I feel that the larger ships would be a little more involved due to the size of the crew and the added size of the ship that you are having to inspect and keep on top of.
Anyone on here made the transfer? I know there are a few who have jumped from the OSV world to the Drillship side but I feel like that is essentially the same industry. More people to deal with and having 30 different departments to have to deal with while trying to make it mutually beneficial for everyone, thats a guess.
Anyway, thanks for any input that you may have.