I’m currently working for Kirby Inland Marine as a mate/pilot and was recently offered a position with Vane Brothers. I live in NY and have been flying back and forth to Texas for 3.5 years working a 20/10 rotation and it’s getting pretty old. I would really like to work in the Northeast, specifically NY Harbor. I was wondering if anyone could give me any current feedback on Vane Brothers? Any good of bad info would be greatly appreciated. Vane Brothers wants to hire me as a deckhand, which according to them would only be for a couple of trips and then move up to a training mate so that I can get posted and experienced for the area, which was expected. I have a Third Mate unlimited license and Master of Towing Vessel for Great Lakes, Inland Waters and Western Rivers. I tried to do some research from previous posts, but the most recent thread I could find was from 2012. I basically want to know if they are a sound company and stick to their word. I will be taking a big pay cut to work there and want to make sure it is a good decision.
Thanks in advance!