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Offshore Jobs Canada

Postby Atlantic » Wed Oct 03, 2012 6:41 am

Hi

I'm looking for information about the offshore sector in Canada.I hold a canadain second engineer ticket. does anybody have any information about what companys that are good to work for? Atlantic towing, maersk, secunda, etc. What courses to take to make me more atractive to hire, HUET?

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Re: Offshore Jobs Canada

Postby The Dieselduck » Wed Oct 03, 2012 8:16 am

Where do you currently reside?
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Re: Offshore Jobs Canada

Postby Atlantic » Wed Oct 03, 2012 12:39 pm

In Halifax, NS

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Re: Offshore Jobs Canada

Postby JollyJack » Wed Oct 03, 2012 5:57 pm

If you hold a current 2M, you have all the required courses. Offshore companies may require the chopper dunk, enclosed spaces, H2S Aware etc, ask a potential employer what they ask for.
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Re: Offshore Jobs Canada

Postby The Dieselduck » Thu Oct 04, 2012 2:39 pm

I am surprise to hear you are not getting interest, residing in the region. Have you tried the Job Page (http://www.dieselduck.ca/job/index.html) on the main website and contacting those listed? However those employers in that region are not the most forthright when it comes to two way communication by their HR dept.
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Re: Offshore Jobs Canada

Postby Atlantic » Fri Oct 05, 2012 7:16 am

I havent heard anything back from any, thats why i wonder if there something i could do to get their intrest. Maybe the market is down at the moment.

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Re: Offshore Jobs Canada

Postby JollyJack » Fri Oct 05, 2012 8:09 am

Have you tried Mersey Seafoods, Clearwater, Ocean Choice etc? They need 2M to sail as Chief on vessels over 2000 Kw.

Do you have a tanker endorsement? Try Rigel.
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Re: Offshore Jobs Canada

Postby Atlantic » Sat Oct 06, 2012 5:40 am

Thanks for the suddgestions, i dont have tanker endorsment. I'm not intrested in the fishing sector. The offshore oil and gas is more intresting. I have a job now (deep sea container ship) so its not an urgent matter, i just wanted to switch sector and get some more information if possible.

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Re: Offshore Jobs Canada

Postby JollyJack » Sat Oct 06, 2012 7:02 pm

The oil sector is almost incestuous, quite a small pool of people where everyone knows everyone else, by rep if not personaly. If you're a "bro", no problem, if you're not, you're outa luck. Stay with the box boats, it's more secure.
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Re: Offshore Jobs Canada

Postby JollyJack » Sun Oct 07, 2012 6:33 pm

Oceanex is looking for Engineers, they have a good rep. Have a look at "available jobs"
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Re: Offshore Jobs Canada

Postby Atlantic » Mon Oct 08, 2012 5:21 pm

I got the same impression from the offshore sector. I have done some vacancy contract in the north sea 5-6 years ago, and they seem to think they are the best sailors in the world. But after talking to them it turns out they never left the north sea.

For me any ship that doesn't run on HFO is easy work. On those ships they didn't do much in engine only standby, it was shore company for all overhauls on engines etc.

Thanks for the tips on Ocanex i check it out.

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Re: Offshore Jobs Canada

Postby JollyJack » Mon Oct 08, 2012 5:55 pm

I've worked on supply ships in the North Sea, eastern Canada, northern Canada, Persian Gulf, Nigeria, (I know I'm going to heaven when I die, I've already done my hell time) Brazil and Vietnam. You keep running into the same people all over :) You're right in one respect, they all seem to think that "big ships" work is a dwadle, that only workboats actually work. :) I much prefer "Big ships" too, (but then again, I'm a naturally born lazy bugger anyway!) you get to see a lot in almost 40 years at sea.

By all accounts, Oceanex seems to be one of the better companies for which to work. It's been "dead men's shoes" until recently, there's been a few retirements of the senior Engineers, or so I believe. If they're advertising for people, there really must be a shortage. Get in there before I do!

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Re: Offshore Jobs Canada

Postby Atlantic » Mon Oct 15, 2012 3:48 am

I sent out some resumes see what happens. I'm out working now so i have to wait and see. I hope i hear back from oceanex. Do you know if they have a fixed reliving system 6 weeks on off? I talked some great lake companies but they don't really work like that. I prefer the fixed on /off system.

I worked for 2 years on a ro-lo ship on west africa, we called lagos, freetown, conacry and Tema, and more. They do things a bit diffrent there, it was an experince.

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Re: Offshore Jobs Canada

Postby JollyJack » Mon Oct 15, 2012 4:32 am

pretty sure Oceanex works 2 weeks on, 2 off, but it might be month and month. They have continuity anyway, 2 crews working the ships. If you're on one of them, that's the one you'll be going back to.
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Re: Offshore Jobs Canada

Postby The Dieselduck » Mon Oct 15, 2012 7:22 am

Oceanex is definitely one of the better companies from what I hear. They currently have a new ship on order - it sounds like its an addition, however the Cabot is getting on with age, so it may be replaced. They were based out of Montreal but now out of Newfoundland. From what I understand the majority of the crew is Quebec City based, crew changing in Montreal (Cabot and Avalon) I'm almost certain it is one month on / off rotation.

From an engineering perspective, I had a tour of the Avalon and found it to be excellent, probably one of the best ships in Canada. Clean, large engine room, stock with lots of tools and spares. The accommodations were clean, large and well appointed - by all appearances the vessel was a very well operated - and probably the reason for the low turnover.

Pay was not high, but certainly livable, however if I remember correctly it was UMS with 8 hr days, as oppose to the 12 hrs days typically required on Canadian ships.
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