Anybody know if they are currently hiring captains? I heard there was a hiring freeze until they kick out some new boats
CaptHH (January 26th, 2013)
If you have at least 1600/3000 license and full DP certificate they will definitely be interested. If you don't have DP your gonna probably have to wait it out. Use the search function I've covered all this in great detail in recent months.
Those "answers" are always changing though. I for one always enjoy reading these types of posts. Maybe a new thread was not needed but the OP was a good one.
I have a question about all these new boats though. Are there enough mariners to crew all the new vessels due in the next few years?
We would be hiring more people now but don't have room for them. Just about every bunk on every boat is full at the moment. Will there be enough mariners to crew all the newbuilds in the coming years is a good question. All the mud boat companies are building as well as the drilling contractors it's gonna be interesting to say the least. I'm wondering what if any type of study has been done to show the impact of enforcing the Manilla rest amendments. Has someone said there is no way we have enough people to do this and commerce will be affected? Would they delay enforcing it? Is this an end run around the JA to get foreign mariners a toehold in the domestic job market?
Come on people...OMSA gives the USCG their marching orders and they are not going to allow the STCW Manila Ammendments to change a damned thing in the GoM as far as operating OSVs are concerned.
DO YOU KNOW THAT A LARGE OSV LICENSE IS NOT RECOGNIZED UNDER THE STCW HENCE BY THE IMO? IT SHOULD HAVE THE VALUE OF TOILET PAPER EXCEPT OMSA MADE DAMNED SURE THE USCG WENT RIGHT ALONG!
Enough of this nonsense now! We've done this never ending dance too many times and my effing feet are sore!
ChiefRob (January 26th, 2013)
I don't really see the manilla ammendments on rest being an issue on the majority of the boats in the GOM. The only ones that would be affected would be maybe the small boat companines that still have only one engineer onboard. The big companies I don't see anything changing or being an issue. It is pretty rare for anyone to work more than there scheduled watch where I am at.
I really dont think the OMSA companies will let anything happen to the jones act either. They for the most part have a monopoly here inthe gulf. I am pretty sure they will fight to keep it that way. They don't want to compete with fillipino flag boats any more than we want to work for fillipino wages. Just my opinion.