I just scored a foreign-flag job in Africa here: http://www.crewing.biz.ua/module-Offshore-page-1.html you will need to check the various companies, a couple links were bad, but just google to get correct link. Definitely worth the effort. Many foreigners working in GOM now, big discussion on this board a few months ago. Sadly, the discussion has died, and the situation is just as bad now (if not worse) you can read all about it here: fighting back against foreign mariners in GoM I finally came to the sad realization "if you can't beat 'em, join 'em" and decided to go foreign-flag...leaving next week for a FPSO in Africa...in my humble opinion, somebody sold us out in the GOM, so keep an open mind to foreign-flag if union not a good option for you. Good luck.