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  • #31
    Fab YM, but you can keep the spiders and creepy crawlies, hubby's side of the family are Aussies often seems to be conversations about spraying houses for nasties. One posts pictures of unusual snakes that he's caught, think he's some sort of qualified snake catcher.
    There are a number of his family scattered around the world all arrived in these places as one ancestor was a mariner who never came back to the UK but stayed as many did and do somewhere warmer!
    We never knew about our connection to the sea till I started researching the family tree, goes back to 1780's with the sea connections, went into aviation in the 1950's then some are now back on ships.
    One invented the voice pipe comms you get between decks, and another was involved in the lifeboat design competition in the Great Exhibition. Mine have local ship building but that stopped century or so ago. Family tree stuff is fascinating sometimes.

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    • #32
      Yes we found a beautiful little female red back (black widow) on our kayak two days ago, with several silk egg sacks in one of the rod holder holes; she met her demise with boiling hot water. We also found the web of a funnel web at the bottom of the garden, and my wife woke up to find the skin of a brown snake on the verandah. The kids get some education in it in school, but generally just get on with life, running around in bare feet and playing in the garden.

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      • #33
        As I've mentioned before (interminably :-)) I was a £10 POM. Moved out there when I was 10 and eventually finished up in a house in East Keilor - 10 miles from Melbourne but still with a proper dunny at the bottom of the garden.

        We always kept a rolled newspaper in the dunny to fend off any redbacks or funnel webs who were in there when you went to do the business. Funnel webs were quite common.

        We also had a wooden handle with a weighted wire on to handle any snakes we found in the yard.
        io parlo morse

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        • #34
          It's funny but you get used to to seeing the wildlife and making sure you spray the house once a year!
          Pilotage - It's just a controlled allision

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          • #35
            Originally posted by Mechanic
            Does anyone know if Farstad in Australia has had any redundancies? Or any other companies for that matter?
            I'm not sure if Farstad has had any redundancies, but all the casuals have been let go. Maersk Supply Service and Tidewater have had quite a lot of redundancies, the industry is going through a rough patch here, but seems slightly more sheltered then elsewhere in the world. Although the government persists with its attempts to destroy seafaring...

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            • #36
              I haven't posted for a while, I have still been trying to get a job down in Australia but no luck so far I have had a few people say that they will keep my CV on record if things improve, but the situation is not great down there, to add to this I also have a residents visa sub class 189, which is just slowly expiring. My last company seemed intent on cutting salaries and I am now working down in Brazil, and my new employer unfortunately won't allow me to change my home airport, which best case scenario is 30 hours flying very 5 weeks. On the plus side I still have a job and if my sea time keeps coming in I should be able to sit my Masters at the end of the year, hopefully making it more likely I will get a job as Pilot Chris has stated.

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              • #37
                Good Day all,
                Just a bit of an Update from the last post, I have still been trying to get back to Australia, albeit unsuccessfully, after gaining my Masters at the end of Last year. However, I did at least get a response from Maersk Supply Services in that they have agreed to put my CV in the crew pool. Things across the whole industry appear to be very slowly moving again but I am still waiting to return, and there are various projects starting up but, I would think that Priority will go to a lot of Australian resident Seafarers who have been out of work during the Downturn.

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                • #38
                  Originally posted by Pash87 View Post
                  Good Day all,
                  Just a bit of an Update from the last post, I have still been trying to get back to Australia, albeit unsuccessfully, after gaining my Masters at the end of Last year. However, I did at least get a response from Maersk Supply Services in that they have agreed to put my CV in the crew pool. Things across the whole industry appear to be very slowly moving again but I am still waiting to return, and there are various projects starting up but, I would think that Priority will go to a lot of Australian resident Seafarers who have been out of work during the Downturn.
                  Do you have an Australian visa or residency? There is lots of work in Australia right now if you have the correct visa and DP time.

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                  • #39
                    It is starting to pick up again, definitely signs of that and closing the door to seafarers visas has helped. Drop me a PM if you want to know more .

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                    • #40
                      Originally posted by WesternStar View Post
                      Do you have an Australian visa or residency? There is lots of work in Australia right now if you have the correct visa and DP time.
                      Yes, I have a Permanent Residents Visa, but I don't Particularly want to relocate without a Job to go to.

                      I have got a lot of DP time, about 10000 hours in Flexi-pipelay, ROV, construction and Seismic. I have seen a few 2nd Mates jobs that I would have thought I had a fair chance of getting but no response.

                      I just Applied for another job, and I was just told that my qualifications were not suitable and got some half response saying my Qualifications have to be assessed, without really giving me any help, which I don't really see a need for, unless it was an Australian Flagged ship of which there aren't very many, and In which case to get a CEC or CoR, I need to have a job offer in place or be Employed.

                      There are more jobs appearing in Australia but even though I have a Masters ticket, I don't have any senior stamps yet, and with my current employer there are a lot of Senior DPO's with only OOW and Chiefs tickets that aren't going anywhere, it is extremely frustrating after Spending a lot of time money and effort to get my Masters and to get the Visa for myself and my Partner, just to be stuck where I am, even if at the least it is a Job.

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                      • #41
                        Originally posted by Pash87 View Post
                        Yes, I have a Permanent Residents Visa, but I don't Particularly want to relocate without a Job to go to.

                        I have got a lot of DP time, about 10000 hours in Flexi-pipelay, ROV, construction and Seismic. I have seen a few 2nd Mates jobs that I would have thought I had a fair chance of getting but no response.

                        I just Applied for another job, and I was just told that my qualifications were not suitable and got some half response saying my Qualifications have to be assessed, without really giving me any help, which I don't really see a need for, unless it was an Australian Flagged ship of which there aren't very many, and In which case to get a CEC or CoR, I need to have a job offer in place or be Employed.

                        There are more jobs appearing in Australia but even though I have a Masters ticket, I don't have any senior stamps yet, and with my current employer there are a lot of Senior DPO's with only OOW and Chiefs tickets that aren't going anywhere, it is extremely frustrating after Spending a lot of time money and effort to get my Masters and to get the Visa for myself and my Partner, just to be stuck where I am, even if at the least it is a Job.
                        It's a strange market in Australia. As for the AMSA CoR you can get that as soon as you have permanent residency, of course after having completed an oral. There is some serious competition for work, however with your experience you may find yourself very well qualified for certain niche work, especially in construction.
                        One of the things in Oz is they like people on the ground in Australia, they tend not to like people being overseas when applying, not totally sure why, perhaps its to satisfy unions etc, can't say for certain. The second thing is some HR personnel seem to incorrectly think that an AMSA CoC or CoR is necessary for the work, no idea where this comes from as nothing in the offshore industry is Australian registered. The only decent sized Aus registered ships are the ferries and a few deep sea ships.

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