[QUOTE=marcelmuise;21831]Have you considered sailing as Ab for awhile? We’ve had several Ab’s move up to DPO.
Anchorman, I’ve heard the opposite, that a year’s sea time as a Master is worth more than all the DP time you can get.[/QUOTE]
Actually, I would barely consider DPO. I know that most drilling contractors will not say it, but there is a lack of respect toward guys off workboats. Funny, because I would have to agree to a certain extent (I have first hand knowledge), but there are exceptions, like in most everything, and that burden is something that a person like myself would have to alleviate during an interview, if an interview is offered to begin with.
Simple fact is most junior DPOs are recruited from within the ranks, or Academy grads. Most SDPOs are from the same group. There will be some that trickle in from outside of drilling, but most drill superintendents will be looking for drill experience when the recruiter walks in, minus, say Noble…I don’t know if they even care. They actually offered me a Master spot on a drill ship in Brazil built around the time the earth flooded with all Brazilian crew. Curious, on the other end, Pride wants 5 years of control room experience on top of DPO experience to be considered. Different story with 5th and 6th generation Drill Ships, and rightly so, considering the above average pay scale.
Captain Lee left the AHTS vessels, it must be getting close to a couple of years now, and landed a job with Seadrill as DPO. He just got his Chief Mate, and I’m sure they’ll find that position for him right away. I worked with him for 5 years, and they would be stupid not to give him that position. He is one of the exceptions I was talking about.