Imagine our planet from the viewpoint of the moon. A beautiful blue orb, with some green and white scattered throughout. But it is that blue that is so enticing. And it is that blue that draws so many of earth’s inhabitants to the wide stretches of water. Since humans first learned how to build boats, there have been curious explorers setting out to see the seas.
Yes, we have now reached a point in the development of technology and transportation that one could easily hop over the wild oceans from the comfort of an airplane, but there is just something about floating on those waves that cannot be ignored. Whether for business or discovery, there continues to be a demand for seaworthy vessels, and for offshore support vessels to assist those ships, rigs, and other structures and operations that are out at sea for long periods at a time.
The many different types of offshore support vessels
As there are now multiple reasons why an individual might find themselves involved with a company that spends a lot of time out at sea, there are many reasons why an operation may be in need of the marine services that offshore support vessel companies provide. From full repair services and bringing extra vessel parts, to towing and anchoring services, these support vessels keep everyone safe and stocked with supplies and necessary services. Some support vessels provide very specific functions, like providing equipment and support for divers, or conducting seismic surveys.
It’s not all work out on the sea
While there are plenty of opportunities to find work aboard a ship or rig, there are also various opportunities to set sail simply for the enjoyment of it. Cruises have become increasingly popular, as people look for ways to enjoy life in new and exciting ways. Essentially floating hotels, many cruise ships offer food, entertainment, and comfort on the beautiful ocean, often with an exotic location for a destination. Sometimes there will be multiple stops, giving adventurers on board the chance to explore several different new port cities.
Cruises provide the wonderful opportunity to meet a plethora of new people, as these liners are quite large. The distinguishing factors between ships and boats are typically the size of the vessel and the capacity for cargo or passengers. However within that category, it can be difficult to determine the difference between ocean liners and cruise ships, if you are not familiar with the construction and shape of each.
Set out to sea
Any vessel will typically stock up at it home port before setting sail, though depending on the journey and purpose of the voyage, there may be reason to gather more supplies at other ports as well. Usually if this is the case, there are special arrangements made with specific suppliers at those ports of call. But if you are setting out for a relaxing cruise, you don’t need to worry about any of that. And if you are heading out to sea for employment, chances are you already quite familiar with the procedures.
Whatever the case may be, heading out in the wide expanse of the blue waves is sure to broaden your horizons and allow you to see the world in a brand new way.