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    rigwave.jpgTo all you first trippers, off to sea over the next few weeks I hope you all have a fabulous first trip.

    There is a serious side to this post though. Many of you will have done confined spaces courses over the last few weeks and not paid 100% attention. I just want to tell all of you to be so vigilant on this trip, and all future ones, and think before you go into any space.

    In 2009 a first trip cadet from Warsash, 4 weeks and 3 days into his first voyage, died in a tanker pumproom incident which was avoidable. His name, and the ship are not important in the context of this thread so please do not get into debate as to cause, fault and blame. As a 17 year old only child this was a horrendous tragedy for his family. This is not something any parent can comprehend or ever want to deal with, and my thoughts are with his family because I do not want to even contemplate getting a call like that.

    But what I can do is remind you all that you are entering an adult world, full of dangers, some hidden, and you need to have your wits about you at ALL times. Please, please, please do not become a statistic. Whilst at home you may have periods of time you switch off and things happen. At sea the consequences are more severe, so don't!

    I remember a cadet on one ship I was on, running down the deck and jumping through a watertight door in drydock. In the process of hurdling he forgot about the top of the door edge and hit it with full force. His scalp was peeled back over the front 1/3 of his skull and he was lucky not to have a skull fracture, but he did have a Frankenstein scar across his forehead afterwards. the only saving grace was that we were in drydock.

    Those of you who are doing your confined spaces course this week, think and concentrate 100% of the time, it may save yours, and others, lives. Even when an incident occurs you MUST stop and think and keep your wits about you. Again going back to my time at sea, two people collapsed in a tank and two more died because they rushed in to rescue them without stopping to think.

    Just because you have done your EDH, tanker familiarisation, lifeboat and all the other courses do not mean you know it all. Now is when you all start to learn your profession, so pin your ears back, pay attention, ask questions and learn like your life depends on it - because it does.

    I am not a religious person, but there is a quote that springs to mind from the bible ..... "When I was a child, I spake as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child: but when I became a man, I put away childish things." Bear it in mind.

    Be safe - and have a fabulous time.

    Ian

    • size4riggerboots
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      size4riggerboots commented
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      Originally posted by Fergus
      Any chance you could make all these motivational speeches and bits of advice into articles? I want to be able to find them easily next year when I start (hopefully), and make sure I don't forget any!
      Done - any others that you think are worthwhile doing the same for, please comment on them to highlight and I will review

    • GuinnessMan
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      Any chance we can also give Hatchorder an "Article Writer" tab?

    • size4riggerboots
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      size4riggerboots commented
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      Will add it to the list of things for an admin type to sort out.....
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    From the pen of our esteemed member Hatchorder...

    Here I sit, remembering my first trip to sea, and all the things I took that I did not need, and all the things I should have taken that nobody told me about. So my son, who is just about to start his cadetship, turns around and says “Dad, what will I need to take away to sea?” I got to work and produced a spreadsheet. Then came the inevitable questions of “why that?” so I started adding notes. By the end it was a work of art and I got to thinking “How many cadets do not have the luxury of an ex seafarer to help them or an adult with too much time on their hands and a passion for doing things to the nth degree and getting things spot on?”

    The spreadsheet actually prints out on a single sheet and is split up into 9 separate sections. Below I have separated each section and added notes as to why things are on the list.


    1) Uniform

    Uniform No
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    Long sleeve shirts 3
    Short sleeved shirts 3
    Black Trousers 2
    White shorts 3
    White socks 3
    Epaulets 1
    Black Tie 1
    Black Shoes 1
    Shoe Shine Kit 1
    Prescription Glasses 2
    Sunglasses 1
    Glasses Wipes 50
    Check with somebody in the company about whether you will need a Uniform Cap, tropical uniform, Uniform Jacket etc.

    For many years I took my cap to every ship and never had to wear it. The first time I left it at home the skipper asked me on the bridge on my first standby “where is your hat?”…… Doh!

    Some companies use grey uniform, and if you get onto anchor handlers many of them have no uniform at all. Do not be afraid to ask someone in the company before you travel to join the ship what you will need for that voyage.

    If you need glasses take a spare pair. You will not have time to have a new pair made if you only have one pair and you break them. If you use contacts take enough to last the trip and a bit longer and don’t forget all your cleaning kit, pots etc if you use anything other than daily disposables.

    Sunglasses for watch keeping or looking cool going ashore! Prescription ones if you need to.

    Ladies, swap trousers for skirts on the list if you want! I’m not being sexist, lads you can pack a skirt if you want….. Shhhhhh!

    2) Casuals


    Casuals No
    Underwear / socks 8
    Jeans / Slacks 3
    Shorts 2
    Tops 5
    Shore Shoes 1
    Ship comfy shoes 1
    Coat 1
    Fleece 1
    Swimming Trunks 1
    Flip flops 1
    Sun Hat / Cap 1
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    7th June 2012, 10:33 PM
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