Our company, which mostly has large ocean going cargo vessels, also owns 2 tug boats.
The tug boats see very little action since they do only coastal work in a not-so-busy harbor. We’re talking about a 100 hrs on main engines per month.
These boats have practically had the same crew for almost a decade. With so few hrs on machinery, generally very little maintenance is required, so naturally the crew has very little experience. This is a little frustrating since I generally work the cargo ship crews pretty hard during dry dockings (engine overhauls) and with dry docking coming up, looks like I won’t be able to do the same on these boats.
I wonder if it’s generally the same all around or is it time to look for some fresh blood?