spent 4 years on pure chemical tankers, moved to product tankers (3 years), moved to offshore
chemical tankers. all sorts of nasty shits
acids, fenols, pure benzene and all the bs ever created by man that needs taken from one place to another. also pic related posted in a thread before but just to make an idea. its from the MSDS of some shit we had on board. famous for caner and leukemia at age 35-40 for some ppl. also falling nails, teeth, hair
product tankers are chiller than chemical tankers but still deal with dangerous cargoes, gases like H2S, nitrogen, benzene from diesel or gasoline. not as much as in pure benzene but after years this will show if you are not careful. and you can never be too careful if you are an AB, pumpman or chief officer
offshore. you'll end up caring all sorts of shit for drilling platforms like methanol, nitrogen, radioactive stuff, -135 degrees Celsius flash point bs chemicals, etc
can't speak for american companies coz i never sailed with one but the europeans ones that i sailed had internet free internet onboard. not pretty common on other types of vls. short contracts 2-2 months contracts for chem. 3-3 months for product, 28-28 days for offshore.
world wide coverage. no costal navigation.
can differ from company to company. my other colleagues that are on product tankers have 4+1 months contacts
and the most important biggest salaries. especially for top 4.
3rd mate to 2nd mate (oow) jump is something like 500-1000$/euro more.
2nd mate to chief mate - at least double salary or more, more
chief mate to captain - 2-5K more