In another recent thread concerning the contentious issues between limited and unlimited tonnage licensed US mariners, there was no contention or disagreement with the issue of the invasion of foreign vessels into the Gulf of Mexico offshore industry and how it was resulting in an erosion of the established Federal Regulation reserving employment on vessels working on the OCS for American mariners. This is a situation which adversely effects every one of us who works in the offshore energy industry and by extension, all US mariners. Everyone of us should have great concern as to the ramifications of what is a now accelerating trend. Many hundreds of very good shipboard jobs are being lost to foreign nationals in a time when every possible American job should be preserved.
A new Congress will soon be sworn in and regardless of a person’s politics, that new Congress will give all of us the opportunity to bring this situation to the light of our lawmakers. We do not need new law passed but rather need to demand that the laws as they exist today be enforced by the new Administration. Like with a new Congress, the new Administration about to take over in Washington might well be more ready to adopt a new policy concerning the granting of waivers which allow vessels of foreign flag to operate in the GoM with all foreign crews and the ready issuance of OCS-B1 visas to foreign seamen and officers.
I want to take this opportunity to introduce a new blog I have started at http://americanprofessionalmariners.blogspot.com/
which I hope to use to bring this unfortunate situation to the awareness of each American professional mariner and further hope that somehow all of us can join together as a united voice to lobby the new Congress and Administration to demand that the jobs which are by right American jobs be filled by Americans who work in an industry critical to our Nation’s economy and security, who support American families and pay taxes to our American government.
I hope you will go to my blog and also comment here on how we go about stopping the hemorrhaging of jobs in our offshore industry.
Thank you for caring and adding your voice.