Many of the ships were Australian Flags. Today you’ll discover seafarers prefer American flagships; the cover is better, and they are unionized. “There’s far more paperwork now,” says Third Mate Mike Loesch. “Instead of doing only the noon report, you are now doing three reports every day.”
They had a keeper whose sole job was to keep the home, keep it provided of clothing, food, and walk the beaches after the storms. The guys must stay for a couple weeks. Some got back on boats heading north. Over the years they have been controlled by the US Coast Guard and the Navy. Today just 1 house remains in Martin County on Gilbert’s Bar. In 1976 it was recorded in the National Register of Historic Places.
Since this is a massive topic I thought I’d stay the program. And, enlist the support of a couple seafarers. Third Mate Mike attends to his security inspections or maintenance if the chief spouse wants it done. After lunch he relieves another third partner and stands watch until dinner. The conclusion of the 12-hour day and another sunset. If the boat is docked, rather than standing lookout on the bridge he’d be in the cargo control room monitoring the freight operations. Also making rounds on deck and assessing the lines. 1 thing you do not need is the boat to slip away from the pier.
Hot and cold meals are provided three times per day. Breakfast is your typical fare. Lunch and dinner offers many different fish, meat and a salad bar. If anybody has a food allergy, like I do, you will need to let the Captain know when you board the boat. In accordance with Civilian Mariner Wendy, I’d starve on the navy’s ship. Their food is chiefly noodle foods using a salad bar and overcooked veggies. I find this ironic because she is on a logistics ship.
Must be inspection day now. Not certain why. To me a review is a fantastic thing. If they find something wrong on the boat it has reported, then mended. Right? Well, not necessarily correct. Usually from firsthand experience years before when they crewed. Certainly not how things are done now or what you had been told to do. Regulations are changing all of the time, and everybody is expected to adapt. However, resources aren’t always made available.
Woohoo! After countless sunsets of reds, gray and pink, land is finally in sight. The boat is going into port where its team members get to go onshore for a mental health break. The only question – is it filled with safety checkpoints or can you walk right off the boat and be in the center of everything? Some men like to get away or have a rest. Those that come in on a Foreign flagship usually visit Walmart before going out again. Poor Wendy, that is when she gets the busiest. She arranges travel for some of her team members which are leaving the boat for holiday. They do not get to leave the boat until their replacement will get onboard. Mike and Captain Tod do not always go ashore . I do not always agree. Sometimes it’s a good idea to get off the boat for a change of scenery. Even if only for a few hours. That would be an excellent help. Exactly like in corporate, the team is asked to do more with less people. According to Mike, the distinction is that the office building is not likely to run into something.
If you have read any of my things, you will know security is a mega concern. Crowley Maritime sets it high on their list also. Every meeting begins with a security and cultural moment including wellness and behavior. They realize to be a top performing company they have to support their workers work life balance and wellness. Their trainings vary depending upon the boat. Its operations.
side personnel. Each oil ship has magnetic signals throughout the boat. “We don’t need to be responsive,” says David DeCamp, Sr Communicator, Strategist for Crowley Maritime. “We are thinking prevention and preventing incidents as far as possible.” Just remember, once you’re on the boat, it’s 1 hand for the boat and one hand for you. Keep your balance and keep safe.
Back riding the waves, the team appears happy. Many sunrises and sunsets later end of tour obligation is fast approaching. I start to wonder what signs to watch for that folks are prepared to get off the boat. Oye! How can they handle the stress? After all, my stints on recreational boats are a lot briefer and less crew. So, I asked about.
“When the men get silent,” says Mike. “If you are standing watch together and for four hours they do not say 1 word when normally you would be having a fantastic conversation. You then’ll see them begin fouling things up a lot. Some guys will just burst, or else they’ll do something – either conscientiously or subconscientiously – where it is endangering their job.”
Wendy says you are going to hear of somebody who starts giving away things. Saying goodbye to other people on the boat or simply seems despondent. These are typically signs of suicide, ” she says. Notably, amongst the younger team members.
When it is time to destress, hit the gym onboard the boat or do some kind of exercise. Talk to your peers and find some alone time. Particularly if you’re married. It helps ease their anxiety also. If email isn’t easily available, write those emails , then once in port ship them out all at once. Guaranteed the receiver will be awaiting them. “Remember it is important to look after yourself,” states Captain Tod. “Not only mentally but physically. Sometimes you have-to consume that pastry at 3:00am or beverage that thick coffee. Working long hours adds additional stress to your body both physically and emotionally.”
Ultimately, it is important to enjoy your time off. Someone else is doing your work on the boat for another 75 days or however long your tour of duty is. Recharge. Then get ready to get back out there for all those long hitches.