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