I made the jump and got on a “well-paying” government vessel. The accommodations make up for the slightly lower rate of pay. We have a cook to prepare meals and I get a couple breaks in at least somewhere in a 12hr period. We have a bosun here too, and although It’s also the complete opposite of “work smart not hard”, at least I’m burning calories and I don’t have to make any big decisions. You don’t get 1.5 days of sea-time in deep sea though. Vessel required training classes are expedited but it made be hard to save up for that big block of classes to upgrade at MPT at this pay rate. Seems like unlicensed are complacent and just never upgrade out here.
The licensed leadership here however is fucking miles above what I’ve encountered in the GoM. No slovenly 400lb joystick DP mates or paper captains scared shitless that they’ll lose their jobs for ineptitude/fraud/being excessively obsequious. No approval-seeking, ego-fluffing, horrific mental conditions to tiptoe around. Just professional mariners doing maritime work. It’s great.
Still, that extra money and sea time in the gulf though…
That is all