I am wondering about hours of work for Edison Chouest. Is the day rate for an 8 hour day or a 12 hour day? I have no issues working 12 hour shifts, but I just want to know what to expect. I know day rate policies vary from company to company.
One last question…do Chouest mariners kick up cash for grub or is grub provided as part of the deal.[/QUOTE]
It is a good thing you have no issues with working 12 hours per day, because that is the schedule there. It is pretty standard for OSV’s and the oil field in general. You will sometimes be expected to work more than 12 hours on occasion. For example shipyard periods. No one ever makes you do it, but sometimes you have to just to finish the work. If you want to succeed at ECO you work hard and don’t complain about extra hours or extra work. With all that said, there are some vessels that do work 8 hours on and 16 hours off at Chouest. I personally like this and did it for years there. It only works when you have three guys or more in the bridge and they can all three handle their own watch. Some people feel like they are taking money from the company if you don’t work the 12 hours. Even when we were working 8 hour days I guarantee you we did at least 12 hours everyday. Normally 4 hours on deck or doing something outside of the navigation of the vessel. They actually do have a policy on expected hours for the day rate, so you can look it up when you get there.
Groceries are handled by each vessel. The Captain and coordinator is responsible for keep the vessel under budget for groceries. Chouest is very generous with the groceries and normally if you fall short you are allowed to go over. When I left 3 years ago it was around12-15 dollars per day per person. You then would send your cook to the store to get a week or 2 worth of groceries. To answer your question, food is supplied by the company.