In all fairness, I have never worked in the GOM. I have however worked with many companies, whose roots are there.
In general I think the guys are pretty good, but do appear limited in their " world wide knowledge "..............but very genuine about it. I think for a guy that has worked world wide in the offshore oil patch, on PSV's, AHTS or dive boats, working in the GOM would be a bit of a culture shock...........not to mention, you have to be married to your sisters second cousin, twice removed !!