Greetings to all,
Just recently came across this website and have been lurking for the last couple of weeks now. I have to say, this site has a wealth of info that can’t be found anywhere else on the net. I appreciate the post from people actually working in the offshore industry and their willingness to help out the newb. A heart felt "Thank you " to you all. I currently work in commercial construction and have been for the last twelve years. Unfortunately, this industry has taken a severe beating in the last few years with no end in site. Having contemplated the reality’s of this industry and where it’s headed, I am looking to change my career into something I already have experience in and what I actually enjoyed doing. That being the offshore industry.
I worked In the GOM back in the mid 90’s as an entry level deck hand on crew/utility vessels (Gross Tonnage - 99). I worked my way up to an UnLicndEngr. (Total Days 213 - 12 Hr days - GOM) . My experience in the GOM was favorable and I excelled in my duties and accepted many awards for safety and performance. I’m just starting out on this new venture and would very much appreciate any feed back you may have.
First and foremost, Is 44 years of age to old to start a new career in the offshore industry and would It cause offshore companies to not want to hire me?.
In other words, Am I wasting my time?
Is employment with the container/tanker/freight lines really that hard to find and Is it worth pursuing for someone with the little sea time I currently hold?
Having read the many post on this site, I have become aware of the overseas opportunity’s and more specifically the container/tanker/freight lines of which I never contemplated before. Much gratitude that I found this site!!!
Will they even consider my sea time having been so long ago?
What would be the best avenue and or endorsements to get that would make me more marketable to the container/tanker/freight lines. FYI, If all goes well, I will be attending Sea School in June for my AB/Lifeboat/Etc with regards to employment opportunity’s in the GOM (possibly supply vessels).
Again, Thanks to all the knowledgeable posters here, It’s much appreciated.