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Old 09 March 2012, 07:55   #1
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What is fair pay for a boat job in Ghana?

Hi everybody,

I am wondering what I should ask for a 2 - 3 weeks job in Ghana. They will cover all travel expenses including flight, hotel and food. Any suggestions?

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Old 09 March 2012, 08:39   #2
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id ask "when", and start packing
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Old 09 March 2012, 09:23   #3
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After having worked out of Mauritania, Dakar and Nigeria i would think very carefully about accepting any work in West Africa.....
You beed to reassure yourself that your travel arrangements are safe and genuine and that you will be met at the airport by a rep or agent working for the company employing you.....

Ghana is not the worst country in WA for crime/corruption/kidnappings but its nit the best either....

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I echo the above. Is it for oil if so, lots!!!
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No oil work. My customer would be a European company selling a number of boats to a Ghana customer.
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Have all the Madera boats been delivered now?
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Old 09 March 2012, 16:21   #7
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No oil work. My customer would be a European company selling a number of boats to a Ghana customer.
I used to travel back and forward to various airports in the aforementioned countries where i would normally get choppered out to either a rig or drill ship then craned down to my waiting supply boat or AHT vessel. All this funded and supported by major oil companies. Even knowing i had the protection of the oil companies behind me, i was still aprehensive about travelling down there....expecially on my own!

Usual protocol for European/American employers sending staff down to those parts is to use an agent who will look after the visitors until they safely reach their destination.

I would clear a few points with your employer first off even before you discuss pay with them....

-- Who will be meeting you at the airport and who will be escorting you around/back and forward to hotel? Agent?
-- where are you staying and how are to to get to your place of work each day, who arranges the transport (if needed)?
-- prepare for a lot of 'tipping' and in a lot of cases 'bribing' to get things done...corruption down there is widespread and you wont get a receipt for any money spent.....is your employer prepared to pay you this baclk? If your looked after by an agent then he will deal with most of this.

Be suspicious of most things your offered and use common sense, walking around carrying a laptop bag, wearing a Musto jacket and nice watch is not to be recommended....

I have never worked in Ghana so may be painting a worse picture than needed however the mentality in Mauritania, Senegal and Nigeria was pretty similar so i would imagine Ghana's not too far off.

If your confident that your going to be safe when down there then enjoy it, you'le certainly have some stories to tell at the pub when you get home .

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Only just read this

The post above is probably the best advice anybody has given in this section, learn well and stay safe!
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i lived all over west africa for many years and anchor handler has hit it spot on, where in ghana will you be working? pm your number if you want a chat
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I Have been involved in tanker chartering, involving the ports of tema and takoradi, i concur with what anchorhandler is describing (very precisely and accurately!!) seems to be also practice at that part of wafrican coast. If the boats are to be delivered via any customs office and you need to 'wait' for them? Be sure to have pencilled in some extra time in the contract your employer since that (customs clearance) seems to take ages (at least that is the case trying to deliver spareparts to tema, no reason to assume otherwise in this case) - is your employer 'experienced' on west africa dealings?
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