GB, thanks for the info. It's a real shame, I guess I missed out on this opportunity. Like you say, the 3.5K is much less attractive. It would be less than I could make on land, but I suspect I would have fewer expenses if at sea. Of course when you compare it to 9K, the difference is incredible and it really seems foolish to pursue it now. Especially since the occupational safety role translates into more work and responsibility.
I'll be contacting you via PM soon to go over a couple details but again, thanks for the info.