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  • Matt Spencer

Discover the working career of a Master Chief with significant experience in the Oil & Gas Indu


What industry do you work in and what exactly are your skills?

I have 14 years of Marine experience starting as 3rd officer till to Master. I have Unlimited Master License, Full DP ticket from NI and all STCW certificates + all offshore courses, experience on DP boats working in ARAMCO also ARAMCO approval as well. Experience all kind of the vessels tankers, dry cargo’s  OSV, AHTS, DP, Cyber drilling Jack up barges, self-propelled jack up barge. I have experience in offshore supply, towing, rig move by boat, anchor handling with pipe line barges, rig move by self-propelled jack up barge.

What inspired you to get into this sort of industry?

I entered into this industry because of the rotation norms and of course the good payment and salary figures.

First was Good rotation and good payment, them I like to work.

What qualifications and experience did you have to gain In order to establish yourself and therefore become a professional within your industry?

I have realised that attaining as much experience as possible is of vital importance. I have all the necessary certificates and knowledge that I achieved through commitment and hard work.

What is the most challenging aspect within your field of work?

Working with DP boats is very challenging.

How do you manage and overcome these challenges?

It’s not as hard as one thinks to overcome challenges when you love your job so much.

What has been the highlight of your career?

When I became a Master and SDPO it was a very good achievement for me and thus a highlight in my career thus far.

If somebody starts as a trainee / beginner within your line of work, what could they earn in salary?

Approximately 60-70 thousand USD per year.

What can this person expect to earn 10 years of experience?

Approximately 120-140 thousand USD per year.

What is your outlook within your industry over the next 5 years?

I expect that the quality and innovation linked with new HI-Technology is going to be significantly increased.

As you know, numerous African countries are being invested in due to their rich minerals. Which country within Africa do you think will be the next hot spot and why?

I believe that all of them have very big potential – Africa as a whole, is rich in minerals that are varied and diverse. 

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