There is a lot of variation. Trips to Southeast are very predictable.
Crowley in Valdez has a set even time schedule. Trips to Dutch Harbor are longer and a lot less predictable. A trip to Barrow will take months. This is the nature of going on a long voyage.
There are companies that want people to get on in Seattle and work straight through for six months and not get off until the boat gets back to Seattle in the fall. These companies are are just too cheap, too silly, or both.
Lots of people are complaining now that they are working too much because there is a shortage of people to relieve them. Part of this is old timers retiring. Part of it is tougher physicals at some companies screening too many guys out. Part of it is guys that have left for more money and more consistent rotations in the Gulf.
West Coast pay is now at least $100 to $200 a day lower than it should be. The number of companies paying door to door travel has increased to attract more people from the East Coast. West Coast companies are advertising on gcaptain and hiring distant recruiting firms. That was unheard of a couple years ago. It’s time for a healthy West Coast pay increase.