[LEFT]AMO Currents - Posted: May 13, 2011 [/LEFT]
New AMO jobs as union enters drill ship trade with PRONAV FLEX CREW (SM) program
American Maritime Officers members now have the opportunity to sail as senior officers aboard drill ships operating in the Gulf of Mexico.
These new job opportunities - pioneered by AMO officials and staff working with PRONAV Offshore Services LLC over the past two years - are available immediately and approximately 16 AMO officers will initially be hired for senior deck and engineering positions aboard drill ships under the PRONAV FLEX CREW (SM) program.
Hiring for these jobs will be on a competitive basis and PRONAV is seeking resumes/CVs from 50 AMO officers to form the first pool for the drill ship trade. Needed are masters, chief mates, chief engineers, first assistant engineers and second assistant engineers. For deck officers, Dynamic Positioning II experience and certification is preferred but not required.
“These are amazing opportunities for AMO officers to work in a trade with strong long term potential,” said AMO National President Tom Bethel. "The FLEX CREW program with PRONAV will provide the membership with the ability to accept lucrative relief work in senior positions aboard drill ships as covered AMO employment.
“I am extraordinarily pleased with the success of the FLEX CREW program and the unique opportunities it is providing to AMO members as union-represented American mariners,” Bethel said. “This is a fine example of AMO innovation and credit for this achievement is due to many - including Tom Laird and AMO National Executive Vice President Bob Kiefer, as well as STAR Center Director of Member Training and Officer Development Jerry Pannell - for their hard work and commitment to this project.”
Rotations aboard drill ships under the FLEX CREW program will be approximately 21 days plus one day for travel, and the jobs will be considered off-duty or enhancement work, not permanent positions.
PRONAV will sponsor any necessary dynamic positioning training for deck officers hired for these positions, and AMO members who are hired and require additional training or certification will be paid a training wage while they complete any required courses or sea time for their position.
If it was any other union than the AMO this might be a good thing to happen but there is a reason these companies are thinking of doing this and it is “to get labor at lower cost” The AMO is going to drive wages DOWN for those of us in drilling!
Sorry for my French but THIS IS JUST FUQUE’ING GRANDE!