But my good news is that there is a potential opportunity for a change of pace in my work. Last fall, I spent a month on the Logos II and I met a Dutch engineer who works for a company that specializes in FPSO's. He was very interested to hear that I had extensive experience with steam plants. He said that they have been hiring process engineers and trying to train them on steam, but it's been a tough learning curve. They've had more success hiring steam engineers and teaching them process.
Anyhow, he has a bid out on a tanker conversion. Let me let him explain it:
So I'm hoping this works out and that I can leave operating ships to my resume and move forward into something new, interesting and cutting edge.
I have been asked to come to Sgp to give input into a tender for a conversion of a little tanker into a DP vessel , with a production plant. At present we are finalising the bid and if things work out we expect early april contractaward. Project will last for almost 1 year here in Singapore or partly in Malaisia. That means I would need a site team for the construction , where you would fitin as Marine Construction Superintendent.
As I'm reading Thomas Friedmans The World is Flat right now, I see that I have to learn new skills and position myself a bit differently if I am to prosper in an increasingly global industry.