First off, thanks everyone for the wealth of info as I make the change to the GOM.
I was just hired on with a large company here in the GOM. I currently hold a 100 ton nc and AB unlimited without the RFPNW. I was hired as an OS on an OSV, because of quick manning needs they are sending me on my first hitch without the rigging class. This is my first gripe because of obvious pay benefits. The real gear grinder is I spoke with a fellow today who has the same credentials that I do. The thing is he’s going aboard a 98 ton crewboat and apparently working in the capacity as an AB not OS and making $100 a day more than I am. Is this the nature of the beast/hawspipe?
Can you work as an AB on a boat less than 100 tons without the RFPNW?
Would this be a company policy, USCG, or is this guy pulling my leg?