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  1. #11

    Deck Officer (CoC: Master)
    Join Date
    April 2011

    Quote Originally Posted by Hatchorder View Post
    Now, there will be many of you who will say "But I do not want to be away for Xmas!" - That is fine, but ask yourself if you want a job or not? You may also say "They will only give me one trip and then let me go" - again, fair comment, but it is another stamp in your discharge book, (or even your first stamp as a qualified Officer), and they may well remember how helpful you have been...

    It's those people who turn down work because it doesn't suit them who then complain when they don't have a job or seem to spend years not getting promoted. Unfortunately, to advance your career and maintain employment you sometimes need to make some sacrifices, especially in the early days.

    I've had several instances where being flexible have benefited me, including travelling just before Christmas and being on a flight within 3 hours of a phone call.

  2. #12

    Deck Officer (CoC: Chief Mate)
    Join Date
    June 2017
    Quote Originally Posted by hotnspicy View Post
    Sums up my cadetship, watching dvds of previous cockfighting tournaments being a particular highlight.
    I cannot understand what kind of mind can be entertained by something so simple as watching the same 10 Pacquiao and cock fights on a continuous loop over and over for months on end, every single cock fight is virtually identical, and they have them on repeat, along with singing the same few karaoke songs.

    Some of them are really immature, the only interest in “western” culture some of them had was watching children’s cartoons, you’d get old guys in their 60s sitting giggling like little kids when watching them. When they’re not doing all that they’re trying to get you to marry one of their young female relatives or getting you to put bolitas into your sausage.

    Each to their own I guess, but when you’re stuck for months with nobody else to socialise or have a conversation with it can really get under your skin.

    Even as a qualified officer you get social isolation on a lot ships with multinational crews, when you get big groups of Eastern Europeans like Poles or Croatians often they like to dominate messrooms by laughing and joking really loudly in their own languages, a lot of them are very nationalistic so they don’t care how it negatively affects other nationalities, in fact some of them even seem get some enjoyment out of it. If the working language of a ship is English then it should be English only in common areas, often the only time you see other people is at meal times so when you get the Eastern Europeans disrupting that time for everyone else you can get very lonely.

    The best ships I’ve worked on are the ones where there are a good number of first language English speakers and only one or two people of any Eastern European language speaking group, it’s amazing how much more you enjoy your work when you can actually speak to people. A lot of the ships in the Norwegian sector of the North Sea have to be crewed exclusively by Norwegian speakers, when you speak to people that work there it’s amazing how happy they are working on ships where everyone is speaking the same language all the time with no isolation whatsoever.

    It sucks but it’s just part and parcel of working on a ship I guess, the only saving grace is if the ship has good internet and telephone facilities so you can actually speak to people. If you didn’t have good internet on a lot of ships people would be signing off in a straitjacket.

  3. #13

    Deck Cadet
    Join Date
    April 2014

    I agree that being at sea can be isolating and sailing with multi national crews is a challenge.

    However, I completely disagree with some of your comments. Fair enough the working language of the ship may be English, but everyone has the right to speak their own language in their free time. Just because you don't speak that language doesn't mean you are being purposefully excluded.

    Personally, I think it largely comes down to the amount of effort you are willing to put in. Learn some Tagalog, take in interest in your cultural differences, you might be surprised how accepting most people are when you show you want to understand where they are from/who they are.
    There will always be times you feel isolated if you are the only person of your nationality onboard. I was the only Brit on my last trip at sea but I ended up learning a language (albeit the basics) and making some great friends!

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