Shorter contracts. Less stess.
I ve witness some nasty shit on chemicals and the extra 200-300€/ month was retarded for my thinking
Went on product tankers but got tired and too much stess in a managerial position
Supply vsl 28 days on 28 off is perfect for me as i found a company that has pier 35 min walk from my house
i'm home atm so i can't give you any info about that, but from past exp during this time of the year it's pretty rough. actually north sea is shit most of the times.
the most calm wheather i;ve sailed in was west africa nigeria, gabon, angola. 3 consecutive months not one storm. some swell but never strong winds or rough seas
ii,ve sailed north sea and Mediterranean sea most of my contracts
the arctic zone for 2 months
Caribbean and gulf of mexico for 2 years
west africa for 3 months
black sea for 1 year
I graduated from Texas Maritime, so most of my classmates work in the GOM. I figured you were Euro working North Sea. A buddy of mine works for Gulfmark and I'm pretty impressed with the variety of assignments he's had. Not for me tough, I like the traditional blue water experience too much.
Not that guy, but it varies depending on what country you're from. In the US, you either go to a Maritime College to get a license, or you go though the USCG to get your entry level credentials, then a union or larger company to get trained up and employed (unlicensed).
i'll post some pictures
maybe you'll like some
cargo sampling on chemical tankers
can't remember if same voyage but same contract
if somebody was wondering how it looks inside of a tanker cargo tank
don't know why was uploaded with 90º rotation
i believe this is somewhere in italy.
might be wrong, this are from friends of mine
these are from a friend of mine on a container vsl sailing in baltic
this is from seaman baptism
there are 2 types of baptism
first time at sea
and passing the ecuador line baptism
first time at sea baptism is self explanatory during your first time contract
the ecuador baptism can be (theoretically) received by any member of the crew if he never passed it before
this baptisms can have all the crew involved - usually the best idea as this is fallowed by some party or by some crew - deck or engine ratings and sometimes lower rank officers usually is most fun but not for the baptized and this happens when the captain/chief engineer are some assholes that verboten fun on board
SEA WATER involvement is a must.
you get thrown in a pool filled with water - unexpectedly. they call you for an emergency or send you do to some work nearby and surprise they push/throw you in a pool/barrel, use fire hoses to get you wet, or give you a shot of whiskey mixed wit sea water.
also grease and burned oil are most of the time used to make you look like shit and to curse your life during showers trying to get it off
mostly depends on crew culture, nationality, morale, and sense of humor
pic related the one baptized is the "bitch"
some chemical can't remember the name. but that wasn't the shittiest i've carried.
i remember we had some other chemical and everybody onboard that went outside and had increased chances to get in contact with the cargo were given adrenaline syringes and if you had the luck to get in contact with that you had 10 or 20 sec to inject yourself in the heart with adrenaline to survive. nothing happened coz everybody stayed clear of that shit.
in the same company they had 2 special ships with tanks made out of teflon that carried some nasty chemicals that exploded in contact with air
you shit yourself a little and hope for the best
Nice pictures. How often does it happen that a ship just vanishes from any radar and never returns to the port because it got caught in some nasty storm and simply sunk?
the electronic radars do. if they are broken or you don't have them you will monitor from time to time just to make sure everything is ok
happens from time to time, not very often. but fires, collisions and other shit that get ships to sink or ppl to get killed at sea are common
1-2 days probably. there were -35 C maybe faster can't tell you for sure
don't know, he was pretty scared
diesel, gasoline, jet fuel
I worked on a product tanker, never had different cargoes at the same time. Do you have to take special care to segregate/clear your sounding tapes, due to the nature of your cargoes? Do you inert gas any of the chemical tanks? How are they vented, same as petroleum products?
why don't you have sheets on your rack? Also, those books look suspiciously like Kings Point Sea Projects...
depends on cargo.
never take incompatible cargoes in adjacent tanks, so in case of tank wall failure the incompatible cargoes don't mix
inerting depends - some cargoes transform in something else in contact with air, some get damaged, some are flammable, or charterers request. but most of chemicals don't require inerting. inerting is done only with nitrogen never wit inert gas from engine like on crude oil or some product tankers for black cargoes.
ventilation is same
maybe 99% of chemical tankers have also oil/product class. never sailed on a chem tanker without oil class. they exist but for special cargoes
I see. Do you cofferdams between the tanks, or is there only single-bulkhead separation for some/all?
It's been a whole since I took Tankerman class, I completely forgot about Nitrogen. Do terminals make you do vapor recovery for those cargoes?
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New tankers require coferdams between tanks. Can't speak about crude oil carriers but probably the same applies.
Yea vapor recovery is required for some cargo or by terminals(for some caego thar other terminals don't require it)
I work for the US government, and I think it'd be hard going back to the regular industry after this. Nobody has ever heard of "intrinsically safe" or "inert gas". We're still running around with single hull tankers. I was shocked the first time I came aboard, there was an electric impact wrench (plugged in) sitting next to the (actively used) riser, and a diesel forklift being used on deck not 15 feet away from that.
Tanks are open vented / open gauged. As somebody who knows what they're looking at, it's seriously scary stuff. Best just to not think about it.
My Dad used to work in shipping. Cargo earlier in his career, people at the end and pic related in between.
Can any anons tell me how I would go about actually getting a job on a ship?
All I know is that to be an Ordinary Seaman I need an MMC, TWIC, and STCW course. I'd probably want to work in the engine department, do I need to do anything specific for that?
I assume most companies in the U.S. hire out of union halls, right? Do I just call them up and register? Any help would be appreciated.
Different agencies, but yes, the hypocrisy is almost comical.
I'm a civil service mariner. Some of our ships are government owned/operated, some are government owned/contract operated, some are contract owned/operated.
But all those people have MMCs and are considered merchant mariners.
If it's something you're really interested in, go for it. Not everyone needs to be a licensed officer, and there is plenty of middle ground between OS and Unlimited Master.
It is possible to work your way up, and people still do. It's just difficult and takes dedication which most people lack. There are plenty of career ABs out there.
Which one? I was looking at the unlicensed apprenticeship program the SIU runs at Piney Point. I still don't what I think about it, but it seems like a step up from going straight to a job with 0 experience.
Yes. I'm a longshoreman working the twin ports of LA/Long Beach.
Why dont you pussies just enlist in the navy/coast guard if you want to start a career at sea?
Never been on a boat but I live in a port town (halifax) and watch them float by out my window.
I used to clean at one of the terminals and they had cutaways of the ships, they looked pretty roomy, a few had pools/tracks.
Cal maritime cadet checking in.
Not from my experience. It's been a little while since I was on a true commercial ship, and I'm sure it's out there somewhere, but I don't think it's very widespread.
We're still in the infancy of marine satellite broadband, costs are high and companies are cheap.
Email is pretty much standard, mostly you share one computer with email access. Internet is probably available to the Master and Cheng via their computers, but not to everyone.
s is true that the south pole is off the limits to all nations? i heard its full of usefull oils and minerals... Whats up with that?
Hopefully if I get the job with the company I'm shooting for I'll be working mostly between FL and Puerto Rico, so I'll have phone service in port anyway