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  • Hey whatsup Jeff here, today we are going to do something different

  • My other vlogs might seem all rainbows and sunshine

  • They are intended for your entertainment purposes but in this one I want to talk about the reality

  • and the difficulties of working at sea I want to advise people who are interested

  • in maritime that it's not all that easyby giving my personal experience

  • It's not to discourage anyone from the maritime industry

  • in fact, I feel it's the best possible career opportunity one can get

  • especially after you get a captain license you have so much options at sea or on land

  • So let's dive into it Number 1 Lack of Medical Care

  • This one haunts me the most because I've had a traumatic experience with it

  • Even though it is mandatory for ships to carry powerful drugs that are found in hospitals

  • Sailors we aren't trained to do anything more than first aid

  • Let me describe an incident that happened during my time as a cadet on my 2nd ship

  • A crew member he got very very sick when the ship was halfway between Christmas Island

  • and Western Australian Something to do with his pancreas or liver

  • we weren't sure because we couldn't diagnose what it was

  • He had to suffer 48 hours of excruciating pain before we could get our ship to a location

  • where the helicopters could pick him up And during that time we administrated heavy

  • doses of morphine to him Even with the morphine it was still unbearable,

  • he was PASSING out from time to time from the pain

  • And His whole torso was swelling Honestly we weren't sure if he'd survive

  • It was a scary moment We were lucky it was near Australia, if it

  • was in the middle of pacific it would have taken maybe 5 or 6 days to get help

  • By that time, I don't think he'd survive So my point is, on land you can get medical

  • help fast but at sea on the ship sometimes you won't get help until 5 or 6 days

  • So in this industry so you really have to take care of yourself while working

  • Number 2.

  • Lack of diverse food The food on ship is prepared by the Cook which

  • we have no choice over It gets boring when you work with same cook

  • for 9 months After months at sea everyone starts to crave

  • for food from land especially Fast food or junk food

  • Remember the scene from Iron man where first thing he come back from captive was ordering

  • a burger

  • Once you are on the ship the desire for different

  • food is unreal The crew jump on food like zombies once someone

  • bring back something from ashore

  • Depending on your luck, most cooks at sea aren't the best cook either, so don't

  • get too high of an expectation

  • Number 3 Politics & conflicts When you have 20 people living in one confined

  • ship, it's impossible to stay away from professional or personal conflicts on board

  • It makes it difficult to work and socialize Not to mention It's a very thin line between

  • professional and personal life on the ship since your co-workers literally lives in the

  • next cabin On top of that

  • Cultural awareness and equality is actually very behind compared to land base organizations

  • Sailors we aren't educated or trained in organizational behaviors

  • The leaders, Officers Captains, Chiefs, they are promoted based on skills not leadership

  • And to complicate things even more You have got people from different countries,

  • different education, different personality, age, sex and religion all living together

  • in the same ship With so much diversity, conflicts are bound

  • to happen Ultimately to do well at sea, you'd have

  • to be aware of cultural differences maintain an open mind

  • and be able to take shit from your leaders

  • Number 4.

  • Unsettled Lifestyle & Short Shore leave Having a traveling ornomadickind of

  • lifestyle there's a certain romance about it, you

  • knowexplore the world while getting paid meeting different people and sightseeing

  • commanding large ships across the oceans The thing about traveling to places though

  • is that compare to the past we have much faster turnaround time

  • And that means less time go ashore And between work and rest

  • sometimes you just can't afford the time or too tiring to go out

  • A side note

  • VLCCs and large capacity ships don't even come to the port for discharging or loading

  • they do all that at a remote facility so you can' go anywhere

  • Jumping back a bit After years at sea, you'll miss the stationary

  • lifestyle A town or city in which you canground

  • yourselfFor example, myself.

  • I can't even get a gym membership at where I live because is a 6-month contract

  • It's not worth it when I am only 2 or 3 months at home on my holiday

  • You start to wonderWhen you spend more time on ship than at home, is home really

  • what you call home?

  • Number 5.

  • Lack of Social Life We all grew up in a social environment, it's

  • how humans were meant to live So when staying months on ship with restricted

  • social life negative effects such as depression, loneliness,

  • and homesickness start kicking in As time passes a sense of emptiness starts

  • creeping in, eventually you feel miserable You see the same people at work or off-work

  • every day you might or might not like them but you have

  • no choice you are stuck on a ship Depending on your personality and attitude

  • Some might not be able to stand it For Myself, I took advantage of this solitude

  • and focus more on building myself, on my work, video editing and exercise

  • So a lack of social life is not necessarily a bad thing

  • Number 6.

  • Away from the Family and everything Although most can digest the fact of away

  • from friends parting away from family for months is what

  • tears their hearts apart marriage or parenthood, missing those precious

  • moments with their loved ones for whom they care the most

  • is what pain sailors to the core On top of that, not being there for personal

  • and family problems put a person in a constant state of worry

  • which increases stress and affects the work You are physically on the ship but mentally

  • you are back at home And that could endanger yourself or others

  • at work A co-worker of mine his father passed away

  • when the ship was in the middle of Pacific Ocean

  • he didn't' know about it until we reached America

  • and the funeral was planned at a time when he couldn't sign off

  • Greeting him every day in the hallway, he had to put up an uneasy smile

  • but you could sense the despair depression and sadness within him, consuming him

  • And that affects the whole ship, as a co-worker as a friend you get affected too

  • So that's always a burden sailors will have to endure

  • Number 7.

  • Pay and Benefits There are crew members onboard my ship right

  • now that are stuck working at sea for years because they can't find a better job

  • There's multiple reason for that, other jobs don't pay as well, they have mortgage,

  • loans, their kids, their education expenses etc.

  • Back when my father sailed 30 years ago he was making almost same amount in the early

  • 80s compare to now But think about the inflation for a second

  • Merchant Mariners used to sail for 10-20 years and retire easily with nice house & money

  • in the bank It was a fair trade of time and lifestyle

  • Now days.

  • Prices have been inflated so much You can no longer retire after 20 years

  • so it's extremely hard to JUSTIFY or RATIONALIZE the time spent at sea into your 60

  • My advice is to plan ahead and ask yourself Where you want to be 10, 20 or 40 years later

  • Number 8.

  • Reducing crew members or reduce manning 20 years ago, a 200-meter will have 40-50

  • people working onboard And Nowadays a 400m ship only have 20 people

  • With the economy slowing down Companies they want to cut cost, cut manning

  • while demanding us to be just as efficient Needless to say ships are getting bigger

  • There's more work more responsibility more overtime for each crew

  • No one cares about us, they only care about the oil being delivered on time

  • The iPhone or shipments arriving before the holiday sales so that they can make money

  • It's not improving anytime soon

  • Number 9.

  • Hectic Life & Work Every year new regulations come into

  • sailors we have to fetch out money for endorsement on new certificates, new license

  • more paperwork, more checklist, new codes, new safety procedures, new environmental laws

  • Combine with reduce manning, it is quite overloading And it's becoming more hectic every year

  • We are paying to get certified for what we've been doing for hundreds of years

  • It almost like the government or marine schools are milking us for money

  • There's no end to that

  • Last one is Limited entertainment, especially Internet

  • You have to ask yourself, can you live without internet for a month?

  • Some of my classmates they quit after their first ship because they just can't take

  • the boredom Some people are so accustomed to internet

  • they cannot live without it and you have to figure if that's the case

  • for you Ultimately it's how you personally embrace

  • it you could turn the situation on its head and

  • use it as an opportunity to build yourself to accomplish things

  • So these are the 10 reasons why maritime sucks Some might not be negative at all it depends

  • on you, how you approach it and external factors such as your company,

  • your ship, the country you're from, inflation etc

  • I've only given you a heads up and ultimately you'll have to discover if maritime is suitable

  • for you Ending the vlog here, if you got any questions

  • leave it down in the comments below and for sailors who have internet access right

  • now please try and help out to answer some of the questions

  • With YouTube as a platform, I hope to build an audience base that connect sailors around

  • the world online for sharing information and discussion

  • So thank you for your support and see you next time

Hey whatsup Jeff here, today we are going to do something different

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10 Reasons Why Maritime SUCKS (NEED TO KNOW Before Joining Merchant Marine)

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    吳易晉 posted on 2018/08/04
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