Guest wrote: “One other thing, sometimes the ships do special operations where the watch-team coming off watch then goes on deck for 4 hours operating deck machinery, or standing by to do so. So, you can be looking at 16-hour days. Of course this could have changed, but that might be one more reason why they are advertising.”
No, it hasn’t changed. And these science weenies some times like to work all night so you’re on deck for what could be 4 hours after each watch. That’s right, get relieved at 2345 and go out on deck for the mid-watch, in the cold and rain and wind and sweels washing you around the deck!! It may not happen after every watch but it could go on for weeks!! Two positive aspects are the OT and that the mate is on deck as a safety observer, so if it gets too hairy you can shut it down, just be prepared to answer for it later, cuz the weenies will whine like babies.
This just in from the MMP web-site:
<h3>"BREAKING NEWS! PATRIOT AWARDED CONTRACT TO OPERATE USNS WATERS AND USNS HAYES</h3>
MM&P has recently been informed that Patriot Holding has been awarded the contract to operate the USNS WATERS and the USNS HAYES starting in February 2008. This most welcome contract award will diversify our members’ job opportunities with this longtime MM&P employer.
“This is a great step forward in helping to secure job opportunities for our members as well as future prosperity for one of our most loyal employers,” said MM&P Vice President Don Marcus, who worked on the project with Agent Pacific Ports Dave Boatner. As with all government contract awards, this award is still subject to challenges from other companies that were not winning bidders for this work."
MMP should be mourning not celebrating. Now they’ve got 2 more ships full of puppet-string-pulling-science-weenies that they have to try and find crew for. It will be interesting to see how the sweeten the bait to get these ship crewed-up!
I was also on the RV Kilo Moana run by the University of Hawai’i and on there they crewed up with 6 AB’s so they could handle that on-deck BS. Bad part was no help on the bridge when ops were going on.
Has anyone figured out that I don’t like sailing on Research Vessels?