Looking for a little bit of expert knowledge…
The last few years I have been working as a DPO for a US offshore drilling company (not naming names) on rigs working internationally. This company has a number of drillships that work in the GoM.
I am not American, however I just received my Green Card giving me permanent residency in the USA. I hold a Chief Mates Unlimited license issued by Australia.
I have been trying to figure out if I would be eligible to work on the drillships working in the GoM.
The drillships are flagged in the Marshall Islands. My understanding is that these drillships are required to comply with the Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act.
The OCSLA states that to work in the GoM you are required to be a US Citizen or Permanent Resident.
What I can’t work out is how this fits in with the Jones Act requirements, as the Jones Act requires US Citizenship and USCG issued MMC.
I figured that I with a green card I meet the permanent resident requirement of the OCSLA and since I have a Marshall Island Certificate of Recognition I meet the manning requirements of the flag state and therefore would be eligible to work on one of these drillships.
Any idea if my thinking stacks up? (don’t bite my head off, just trying to get my head around US regulations…)