Daily we read the horror stories of how Americans are losing their jobs, homes and stability in general. Recently, I have taken a pay cut that I could not have imagined possible several weeks ago. The company I work for is tying up boats left and right, close to 30 last time I checked. Rumors from the office are that several rig moving, anchor handling boat companies have gotten together to drop wages in the gulf and others will soon follow. This is inference at this point but, the remote possibility of validity frightens me.
I have called around and the office personnel I spoke to say their market is strong and growing. I would like to hear from some of the guys out there doing the job. Are you guys working less? Are you spending more time at anchor or at the dock? Is your company tying up equipment or talking about lost wages or jobs?
The company I work for is in the GOM and as history shows, the ups and downs are a part of life down here. Is this the beginning of the next low for the GOM mariner? Or, is the company I work for the exception? I will not go to another company in the GOM (with the exception of one or two) in fear of the finding myself in the same situation a month from now.
I find out tomorrow if Chouest can put me on and it seems to me that they are diversified enough to withstand all but a complete collapse of the industry. Crowley is a pretty sure thing but I am not really in a position to work even time. I would seriously consider an offer from Bouchard but they are not currently hiring. So back to the reason of this post:
What is going on on the boats? Are you guys seeing anything that would make you think things are slowing down?
In this forum we tell it the way it is. This is the best source of information available to me and others like me… What is going on people? Talk to me.