Sorry, but I am far from being retired and my “Preferred pronoun” is definitely not she. I have been in the oil patch since well before Katrina. First towing and setting jack ups then moving to the supply boats. This by no means was the start of my career. Also, I raised a family already.
Fortunately for me in all the time out here I have never been laid off. Pay reduced, perks taken, even having to miss a hitch a time or two, but never laid off.
CTony is smart for wanting to increase his experience with the technology the PSV/MPSV’s offer.
Everyone who has a brain knows that good times don’t last forever no matter what sector you are in. I look at it in this way, I can make at least 25% more(Day Rate, not annual)e for an extended period than I can towing. I can increase my skill set, thus my marketability.
When the oil field does take a down turn it is seen from a mile away by anyone watching for it. Jump back to towing then until things pick up again as it always does. You’ll never miss a pay check.
They aren’t producing Towing Masters quickly enough to fill the positions, let alone those with wire experience or those who can push heavy tows on the GICWW or rivers.
I can understand staying where you are if you are in a union and planning to retire in it’s pension program, but for non union people it is the type experience you have that keeps you from being laid off in the bad times.
Anyway, I am not bashing on anyone. I hope everyone here is in a place they want to be. But cutting off a lucrative and highly technological sector of our industry because you think it is too volatile is a very myopic view for long term success.