Offshore marine jobs are a great way to apply your practical marine experience to the exciting offshore oil industry.
Whether you are looking for seagoing or shoreside jobs, there are many possible job opportunities for you. One thing they will all have in common though is they will all be based around providing stable supply lines to an important part of America’s energy industry. One of the largest companies here is Tidewater.
With over 25% of the nation’s oil and gas production occurring offshore, it is critical for both national and energy security that this part of our economy be well supplied. By using your marine skills will help support the ships that act as the lifeline two our offshore energy centers.
The actual number of available marine offshore jobs varies, the recent estimates put the number at over 13,000 total employed crew members. This is not take into account the shoreside operations though. So the number of possible job opportunities for you is very large.
In fact a very useful study from the Offshore Marine Service Association shows that the American offshore support, shipbuilding, and service industries that employ 100,000 people with a total of $4.6 billion paid in annual wages.
Is this an industry would like that you would like to be involved with? If so I’m sure that there is a position for you.
Types of offshore marine service vessels
If you are looking for employment on the seagoing side there are several different types of vessels you will be on.
Crewboats: these swift vessels shuttle offshore platform workers to and from their job. The capacity varies but some larger crewboats can hold over 120 people. They important because they provide the personnel.
Supply boats: Offshore oil platforms needed a tremendous amount of supplies to function. Everything from tools to fuel must be delivered on board these mighty cargo ships.
Barges: when it comes time to bring the biggest and baddest platform constructions to the water, they will frequently be loaded up on barges.
Tugboats: tugboats have tremendous engines to tow offshore rigs and platforms into position. These rigs are not self-propelled, so they need help to get into the water.