Spanning Canada and the United States, North America is home to a plethora of major industry players, including Exxon Mobil Corp, the world's second-largest publicly traded company after Royal Dutch Shell. The region's oil and natural gas industry is focused on developing oil sands, deepwater gulf prospects and increasingly profitable shale deposits stretching across the continent. One of the premier sweet spots for deepwater exploration, the Gulf of Mexico is the largest body of water indenting the U.S. continental coastline, and its subsea developments continue to spark both national and international interest.
A Barge Master is responsible for leading the marine department of the rig and carrying out all marine operations. A Barge Master will usually be required to hold an OIM (Offshore Installation Manager) Licence or equivalent in addition to jack-up stability certification.