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  • #31
    Re: Smoking on Board

    Originally posted by Malim Sahib
    So do the RFA (quelle surprise), however it's an RN-ism that's crept into a few companies who think they're a cut above the rest and believe they're on the same level as Grey Funnel line in the annals of seagoing glory and snootiness.
    In the 'normal' MN and beyond the space is known as 'Officers Mess/Smokeroom', but generally referred to as 'Officers Bar' (how common!).
    You are mistaken, RFAs do not have "wardrooms", they have officially an "Officers Lounge" and unofficially an "Officers Bar". Anyone referring to "the wardroom" onboard is met with a blank look.

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    • #32
      Re: Smoking on Board

      Steve,
      It was referred to as so on a few of the grey funnels I was on, in tandem with other RN style institutions e.g. Mess Committee etc.

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      • #33
        Re: Smoking on Board

        Originally posted by Malim Sahib
        Steve,
        It was referred to as so on a few of the grey funnels I was on, in tandem with other RN style institutions e.g. Mess Committee etc.
        During what period and on what ships was this? My experience from the 2000s excludes any references to "wardroom" by RFA officers. Occasionally visiting or embarked RN types exhibit confusion as to the correct term for the officers boozing facilities.

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        • #34
          Re: Smoking on Board

          I'm sure 'Sir Geraint' had one, although whether that was a hangover from her pre-RFA days when she was owned/operated by the mighty BI is open to question.
          I also think the bars on the mighty 'Olna and Olwen' and possibly 'Tidespring' were the same, or at least that's what the brain cells which survived the Gin and Rum trauma are telling me.
          As I'm sure you're well aware, there are plenty of RN wannabes/rejects in the RFA who will go out of their way to RN-ise everything, so that's probably why they were referred to as such at the time.

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          • #35
            Re: Smoking on Board

            Those are all before my time. Maybe the terminology has actually moved *away* from the RN in that respect.

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            • #36
              Re: Smoking on Board

              I am on a subsea construction vessel in the Gulf of Mexico right now, think Deepwater Horizon.

              Smoking areas: in the maritime crew coffee room, engine workshop, ROV hangar, electricians workshop and outside - but not on the workdeck, as long as we aren't in the 500m zone or undertaking bunker transfers from a supply vessel, that includes l.o, f.o and sludge discharge.

              Accommodation wise all cabins are non smoking but there is a smoking room available. We have three day rooms and one of them is the designated smoking room. It is in a separate area to the other two day rooms and in an area of the accommodation that is fairly empty most of the time. Gotta love the Norwegians hey.

              Regarding a bond, we have one as we are offshore a lot of the time and smokes are very cheap around 15 dollars for 200.

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