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  • Switching Deep Sea for Offshore, how difficult?

    Hello all,

    I'm currently a cadet in my Phase 3 of the P.D course @ City Of Glasgow College and I was wanting to know how difficult it would be to get a job in an offshore company once I've got my ticket. Just now I am in a deep sea only company, however, I was seriously considering offshore once i qualified but not sure if you would need to re-train or apply as a 'training officer' or wot the script was and how likely would companies to take on someone with no experience in this sector? I hear alot about D.P vessels these days and everyone seems to think they are the answer to their financial woes but I also heard it's impossible to get experience unless ur company as a cadet pay for it for u as u cant get enough hours in your DP logbook or something? I was thinkin about anchor handling, PSV's, D.P or maybe even Dive Support. Does anyone have any answers to my questions or know a good place to get information on the areas of offshore mentioned above about what the job fully entails n experiences n prospects etc? Any help would be appreciated. Sea u later

  • #2
    "Sea u later" Ooohhh dear...

    The ticket you get will be Unlimited, meaning that you're qualified to work deep sea or coastal or wherever, however, experience counts for a lot, so the problem you face is how to get a foot in the door. DP jobs might be the holy grail, but as you say, there are other types of offshore work out there, just get looking in the jobs section and apply for whatever you like the look of!


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    • #3 gives a fair overview of the DP operators world, when qualified with an OOW you are unlimited in ship size and region but not qualified for any jobs that require extra skills, i.e. DP in the end if you decide offshore is the route then its applying to a company that needs both OOW and DP but has a role for you until your re trained, as the link says at the end of the sea time, its up to the master to comment on your performance, so it would be a fair guess that they will make sure that you are a good officer first before rushing out and signing you up to the courses.
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      • #4
        DPO's tend to be (at the least) OOW certified. Getting in might be tricky BUT many many companies have supply and AHTS boats that use DP while alongside the rig etc, with this you build up time and training, to get DP certification, with this the jobs on the other vessels then open up, there is no quick fix or route into anything in this industry, everything is based on building blocks, it's just a matter of getting them int he tright order to achieve your goal.

        You have started Deep Sea, so finish, then look to Off Shore, plenty of PSV's etc out there, they will take you and introduce you to the DP and close quaters navigation...remember it's a different ball gave, Deep Sea it's all about the separation and NOT going bump in the night, Off Shore it's all about the closeness AND not going bump in the night
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        • #5
          cheers for the replies there guys , just wondering if companies would refuse to take u on at all if u didnt have offshore experience, gd to know the option exists


          • #6
            Originally posted by size4riggerboots View Post
            "Sea u later" Ooohhh dear...
            Hahahaha. Oooohh dear indeed. Only joking. It did make me laugh though.