Because we paid for the training (or started at the lowest rung and did OJT) ourselves. There would be many more Americans on drillships if MARAD did more to train us all.
When your client is spending half a million dollars dayrate and that plus the clients daily expenses (transport, food, materials, 3rd parties) exceed $1 million… they aren’t looking to cut a few bucks kn wages. They are looking for the highest levels of technicsl expertise.
My desire to double USMMA’s budget isn’t an original idea, I stole it from shipowners who are willing to pay more for crew IF the crew is much better trained, more technicalky proficient and thus can improve efficiency and reduce downtime.
You’re but… drillships are only one example. Windfarms are coming online, subsea infrastructures are being planned, consulants are being hired in shipyards and terminals, the list goes on and on.
It may not seem that way today but that’s just because everything is down at the moment… but otherwise cross training, adaptability and improving you technical proficiency is a solid way to get yourself through specific sub-industry cycles.
And these are all things marad/kp could help teach in the future.