Totally understand. It’s more common than people think. Not just in the GOM either. And not just fly by night, Third World FOC ships, either. My experience is smaller European owned/operated ships with Euro officers and asian crews, usually 15 crew (or less?).
Operational risk is one thing. Doing this while we all pretend it’s okay, while knowing it really isn’t, is something else entirely.
Personally, I don’t think anyone “needs” THAT job that badly. Maybe I’m wrong. But that mindset is exactly what shipowners depend upon to keep doing what they make us want to do.
Even after a galley fire … wow.
The sooner ALL mariners stop accepting jobs that are demanding they put themselves in a risky situation (professionally or health wise), the better the job environment will be. Owners do what they can get away with … thats the history of our industry as far back as we can see.