General FAQ

Q: How do I submit my CV/resume?
A: If you’ve seen a vacancy on our website that interests you, you should submit your CV or resume through our Careers Center. If you need help with preparing a CV, there are many excellent resources available via the internet on writing effective resumes. All applications should be in English and it will help your application if your CV relates specifically to the position you are applying for.

Q: What is it like to live and work in Dubai?
A: Dubai is a vibrant and exciting city that is home to a large international expat population. For those applicants considering a shore-based position in Dubai we have posted some general information about Dubai and a few useful links to further resources on our dedicated web page ‘Working in Dubai’. There are also some excellent reference guides to living in Dubai available on the intranet and at most book shops.

Q: Is life on board your vessels any different from other seismic companies?
A: We believe so! Not only are our vessels all ultra-modern new builds, but they are leading the way in terms of both technology and comfort. The unique ULSTEIN X-BOW® hull design offers significantly improved passage alongside reduced noise and vibration levels throughout the ship, setting new standards for crew safety and comfort on-duty and off-duty. And as our entire fleet is new build, every offshore employee is guaranteed to work on a new build vessel!

Q: Is the environmental agenda simply marketing?
A: Absolutely not! The founders of our company, conscious that fossil fuels are considered by many to contribute a significant proportion of global warming, wanted to establish a responsible service company that would do its utmost to operate climate-resilient projects. Throughout the design of the vessels every effort has been taken to find and implement a range of solutions that will minimize our environmental footprint, from the fitting of exhaust catalysts that will significantly cut our emissions to air, through to the selection of solid streamer technology. And the focus is not just offshore. Onshore and throughout our company policies and procedures, we are pursuing several pioneering green initiatives. Our employees take pride in compliance with environmental standards and continually look for ways to improve and develop working practices to protect the environment. 

Q: What training and development will I receive?
A: Ongoing learning at Polarcus is part and parcel of your journey with us. We offer training programs that will both motivate you and develop your capabilities, allowing you to take more control of your career development and contribute to the growth of our company.

Q: Are you recruiting trainees to work offshore?
A: Yes. Trainees onboard our vessels are an important part of our staffing strategy whereby we create the field crew of tomorrow. Field trainees are introduced to the Company at regular intervals and before joining one of our vessels they complete an induction training program. Vacancies are advertised from time to time and you are encouraged to apply.

Q: What crew rotation will you be using?
A: Unless operational reasons prevent us, we operate a six week rotation which we believe offers the crew and company the most efficient schedule.

Q: Are you employing maritime crew?
A: Yes. Polarcus operates a fully unified, safe and efficient workforce on the vessels and for that reason both the seismic crew and maritime officers are employed directly by the company and are supported by a combined maritime and seismic management team in the Dubai office. In the longer term we also envisage the maritime ratings being directly hired by Polarcus.

Q: I currently have a good pension today – will I be worse off if I join Polarcus?
A: We understand individuals growing concerns about providing for a comfortable retirement and so we have selected a series of competitive company saving schemes. More information is available from our HR department.

Q: What health care and life insurance benefits do you offer?
A: Like pensions, we place great importance on being able to offer good health care and life insurance benefits to our employees. We are confident that you will find our benefits package highly competitive within the industry.

Q: Do you offer a good salary and other benefits?
A: To attract the best talent from the worldwide workforce, we have created a comprehensive compensation and benefits package based on a guaranteed base salary as well as performance-related cash benefits. This is supplemented by fringe benefits including medical and health insurance as well as deferred benefits including a Company savings plan. There are additional benefits provided to field crew that work offshore and we are also introducing specific benefits that relate to field crew resident in certain countries of the World. 

Q: As an offshore worker what country will my contract be issued from?
A: The majority of our employees are employed by our mother company, Polarcus Limited, a Cayman Islands registered limited company. 

Q: What currency will I be paid in?
A: Polarcus offers its vessel-based employees a choice in their payroll currency which is clarified at the point an offer of employment is made. Salaries are denominated in, and paid in, either US Dollars, Pounds Sterling, Euros or Norwegian Kroner.

Q: How soon do you need people and how soon will you contact me?
A: Whilst we have completed the personnel recruitment for our entire fleet of vessels, occasional vacancies are advertised from time to time. In addition, we regularly advertise vacancies for field crew (seismic trainees and junior maritime engineers and officers) please see the specific FAQs for Field Trainees and Junior Maritime.

Q: Is there a minimum age for people that work for Polarcus?
A: Our Policy is not to recruit anyone who is below the age of 18 years at the time they commence employment with the Company; this applies to both office-based positions and field-based (offshore) positions. 

Trainees & Junior Maritime FAQ

Q: What opportunities do you have for Seismic Trainees?
A: Periodically we take on Trainee Mechanics, Navigators and Observers to work offshore on our vessels. We recruit seismic field staff with: a minimum of a three-year technical degree (two-year degree for Trainee Mechanics); relevant industry or vocational training; or relevant skills acquired during military service.

Q: What opportunities do you have for Maritime Cadets?
A: We take on recently-qualified deck officers and engineers periodically; please follow our careers website for vacancies. We are unable to take on officer and engineer cadets who require sea time to complete their training and become third officers or third engineers. 

Q: When should I apply?
A: Please follow the vacancies on our website our Careers Center to see if we are currently recruiting trainees and/or cadets. Unfortunately, we cannot accept applications outside of this window.

Q: What training will I receive?
A: We believe that training is important for both the company and the employee. We have introduced a training program that will be both motivational and relevant, allowing you to take control of your career development. All seismic trainees, Junior Third Engineers and Junior Third Officers attend a comprehensive induction that includes the company history, the oil & gas industry, seismic acquisition, life offshore and essential training in the Company’s Management System. During your first trip offshore, you will rotate through all the departments to give you an overview of the vessel. Upon successful completion of this trip, seismic attendees will undertake two further trips as a trainee as well as attending technical and small boat training courses. Junior maritime crew will complete an onboard maritime induction in their second trip and essential maritime training during their break. In the following years, you will attend further training defined for your position.

Q: How quickly will I progress?
A: Promotion is based on merit. We expect Seismic Trainees to be promoted to Operator within nine months, and Seismic and Maritime recruits to be capable of promotion to Shift Leader, Second Officer or Second Engineer within three years.

Q: How will my career progress?
A: Many people choose a seismic career for the lifestyle opportunities it offers and wish to stay offshore with a fixed rotation. Upon reaching Shift Leader, Second Officer or Second Engineer, the career routes are either: a more senior role onboard; or onshore in, for example, a technical support, sales or operational role.