All anybody wants from Seacor’s big anchor boats are the traction winches.
I’m going on 15 years with Seacor, and I’ve been treated very well. Not all the boats sit around, as we’ve been steady with a major driller for the 6 years I’ve been on my current boat. (Not including DWH down time.) I’ve never missed a check, never had one bounce, never had my pay reduced, and never had my time dialed back. There aren’t too many people who’ve worked offshore for the last 15 years that can say none of those things have ever happened to them. (Three of those things happened with my first off-shore employer.) Seacor has treated me well, and I’ve tried to do the same for them by running an efficient, profitable, and safety oriented vessel.
That said, it is frustrating to see so many of my friends and co-workers leave for other companies. Some really great people. Is Seacor withering on the vine? I don’t think so, and have a multitude of reasons for feeling this way that I don’t want to get into here on a public forum. Perhaps they’re being prudent, given the wild swings this industry is famous for and they see long term opportunity given the likelihood of the atmosphere changing here. The company has always maintained an excellent bottom line. I would love to see some material investment in class leading vessels. I would love to be making top dollar. But, I like the boat I’m on. I like the personnel in the office that I deal with, and I’ve been here long enough to give them the opportunity to see where this is going. I might be foolish for staying, but I’ve had plenty of opportunities to jump in the past, and in retrospect I’m glad that I didn’t. I fully accept that I could be making the wrong move by staying, but it’s a story worth following.