Indeed Dermott03, congratulations.
Its been many years since I've worked on the west coast, even though I live here. However you would not be the first Newfoundlander to wander out this way for work aboard. I just kinda of got fed up with the whole west coast attitude that "you should feel lucky to have a job with us" that I've experienced working for numerous companies on this coast.
Its been kinda comical to approach a company in BC over the years, its always "its really slow right now" - and its been that way since the 90s - granted, the lumber industry has plummeted since then too, but I am just so sick of hearing that line. I now work in central Canada mostly, where there is plenty of work if you want it, although it may not be the best conditions. The work there is straight forward, you work you get paid, not too many asses to kiss, and there enough of it so ha not to get mired in a mental depression.
Another problem on the west coast is that many things move by sea, by tugs. These tugs are normally too small HP to require engineers, or too high HP and require 2nd class. So there is allot of movement, but for engineers, they're aren't too many roles. There is also allot of tugs on this coast which, by some weird reason, do not require engineers. Anywhere else in Canada, manning certificate is one way, but in BC for some reason the tugs are special and don't require engineers like similar tugs in other Canadian ports. Very strange indeed. 6000 hp and no engineer aboard, awesome!
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