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My Life Offshore

This is a photo of me that was taken on one of the many boats I have worked on offshore in the Gulf of Mexico. In the background you can see one of the immense drill ships that are a common site 100-200 miles off the shore of Louisiana.

You work seven days a week, 12 hours a day when you are offshore. The work never stops. There is always something to do. There is a saying on an oil rig that goes like this, "If you have time to lean, you have time to clean." You will do fine if you live by that saying.

Usually we work for three or four weeks in a row. Then we will have the same amount of time off.

You have 12 hours a day off duty. Most of the time off is spent sleeping. But the shore amount of time that you are awake is spent eating and sitting in the lounge watching television and talking to the other guys who are assigned to the rig. There is always a feeling of community aboard one of these vessels.


Image Credit » Jon Angel

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Soonerdad3 wrote on February 1, 2015, 5:29 PM

Sounds like a whole lot of work when you are at sea, reminds me a lot of when I was in Navy back in 80's and early 90's.

Faythe wrote on February 1, 2015, 5:57 PM

Wow sounds like a whole lot of work.. You must be glad to get the rest when you come home

Anja wrote on February 1, 2015, 6:01 PM

The only thing I can guess is that it pays very well. It's an experience most people will never have.

beachchair wrote on February 1, 2015, 6:31 PM

Sounds like it was a unique time. I would say the hard work builds characture. It would be nice to have several weeks off in a row!

Magnolia wrote on February 1, 2015, 10:30 PM

I bet that is a hard job. And being away for so long has to be tough on your family. God bless you for being so strong. A lot of people could not do that.

louisechackett wrote on February 2, 2015, 6:27 AM

My ex went working on ships.

Hollyhocks100 wrote on February 2, 2015, 7:24 AM

After watching so many episodes of Billy the exterminator, I think I would feel safer offshore than on, you sure do have a lot of creepy crawly and flying nasties in your state emoticon :winking:

valmnz wrote on February 2, 2015, 3:07 PM

Lol, now shouldn't you be cleaning in that picture up there? emoticon :smile: It does sound a physically demanding job and I'm sure your recent decision to get active on shore will pay off when you go back to work.