(Yep, it’s another one of those)
I’m a 1600/3000 ton Master Oceans looking to get back into the oil patch after a 16 year hiatus (sailing on research/gov’t vessels). I worked for Hornbeck until the Tidewater buyout. Have been unable to get the time of day from anyone recently, primarily due to a lack of a DP certificate I believe, although I spent a lot of the last 16 years as master or mate on a DP equipped R/V.
I’m driving over from FL this coming Monday. I plan to hit HOS, ECO, Harvey Gulf, Otto Candies, Oceaneering, GOL, and SEACOR. Any info on anyone else who might be hiring or who I should include on my list would be most welcome, as would any individual contact info. I am planning to ultimately make the jump to unlimited, when I got my initial 1600 ton license (back in the ancient times) I didn’t think I would want to sail on anything which I wouldn’t get to “drive”. There were no OSV’s outside the North Sea or R/V’s other than 3 or 4 which needed an unlimited license at the time. Hindsight being 20/20 I give myself a big “doh”. I did have a blast sailing all over the world with boatloads of co-ed’s making peanuts, but it’s come time to get serious. My preference is really to go to work for one company and stay with them until I retire or hit a ceiling. That being said, I would rather not get onboard with any crew boat/utility boat companies with no prospects to upgrade/advance, though I am getting to the point where I will have to take something soon to just to keep the lights on.
Hemmingway, long story short, any info or advice would be most welcome.
If for some reason you don’t want to post in the thread my email is: slowsailor(AT)comcast(DOT)net