Here’s a question for you:
There are currently 37 vessels working in the Western Equatorial Pacific. About 30 of them have only one American on board (which in my opinion is unsafe), and the companies are allowed to employ foreign officers because they claim that they can’t find any Americans to work these jobs. Sound familiar? The same thing is happening in the GOM I’ve heard.
The manning waiver that uninspected fishing vessels currently enjoy is due to expire soon. The USCG is considering whether or not to renew it. This waiver allows companies to employ foreign officers aboard US Flagged vessels. The USCG will probably renew the waiver, because they haven’t heard anyone’s side of the story except for the owners.
Would you apply if the owners were compelled to advertise for these jobs? These would be: Master, Mate, and Chief Engineer billets.
Please let me know your opinion. I’ll forward the results to the powers that be.