A friend who just got a job in the offshore world told me about this website and it’s great!
I’ll cut to the chase…I was released from a vessel inwhich I had worked on for three years in the private yacht business due to the state of the economy. Needless to say, I’ve been meaning to make the switch to offshore and seriously entertained the thought in the last couple of years and now the situation has become a reality. Through a couple of friends that have made the transition from the “big white boats” to offshore, I decided to drive to Houma, LA from Ft. Lauderdale on Monday and seriously looked for a company that was hiring USCG 200gt masters with all of the proper cards. I’ve been a master for over 20 years and having the responsibility of a newly acquired family of a beautiful woman and a 7 year old with one more due in November, I am looking at the offshore sector to secure a position in an established company with solid benefits for a long term future. Needless to say, after going to 16 companies in the Houma, Cut Off, Golden Meadow, Galliano area of the offshore world, I was informed by each company that they aren’t hiring until the oil price reaches at least $60.00 a barrel. After three days of the same answer from the Personel Dept. of every company, I’ve decided to drive back to Florida.
I still have a positive outlook for my future with the offshore sector, but would appreciate any and all advice from all of you veterans out there…thanks for the great forums and everyone be safe out there!