first off, a disclaimer; seeing as this in my first post to gcaptain, please be gentle ;-). If my thread is in the wrong forum, please tell me where it would be better suited. Second, it seems that a lot of questions here on the forum are answered by: “use the forum search function” or “that’s what google is for”. Please rest assured that I used both these options, but is is very difficult to steer the search in the right direction, since I’m only getting actual job listings for deck crew… Anyways, on to the question part!
A little introduction may be appreciated: I’m a (Dutch) second officer / JDPO on a 75m 145 ton bollard pull AHTS who is mainly involved with static towing/holdback operations during tanker/FPSO lifting ops. Other than that we do in-field maintenance of surface assets (CALM buoys, export hoses, etc), and frogging/transferring of personnel. I work the 00:00-12:00 shift, and we do 8 weeks on/off terms. Currently we have a 5 year contract in the Angolan Offshore. Normally we have three 2nd officers, one chief mate and 1 captain. Unfortunately, our chief mate got ill during the beginning of the trip, so he had to be send home. Since I’m the only officer on board with his chief mate license I now have taken over his duties until a new chief officer arrives on board. Here is where my question comes in.
The other chief mates have helped me tremendously over email/IM with what monthly/weekly jobs the chief has to do. At this moment my only problem is coming up with jobs for our deck crew (bosun, 3 AB’S). Painting and greasing of everything is well underway, and I would say the ship is in good state. I’m now calling upon your expertise/experience to help me with coming up with some new jobs that tend to be forgotten. When the new chief officer arrives I’m able to get back on deck as well so we have plenty hands on deck I would say.
So: what kind of USEFUL (not something like polishing compasrings) jobs do you know of for the deck crew?
Many thanks in advance!
p.s: being Dutch, English is not my mother language, please be forgiving.