A Life of a Container Vessel Captain: Part 3 of 4

A Life of a Container Vessel Captain: Part 3 of 4

8/22/2014 Umut Türker 2141 Times Read

On the subject of time, another captain rues the fact that the containers--which were first created about 45 years ago--has made offshore time very hurried although they have, at the same time, made things more organized and easier to manage. Now, everyone is in a great hurry to offload and to bring aboard the containers. There is so much involved in doing this, and so much responsibility, that the captain has little time to do anything in port.

 

As on airlines, there is auto-pilot, but there are constantly changing variables such as wind speed, fuel consumption, ship speed, port availability and other things, so these are continually monitored, noted, and inputted into the computer. Regardless, the captain is ultimately responsible for the timely and safe arrival of the ship into port.


It is still a romantic and attractive life, though. A little-known fact is that they sometimes carry passengers, at least some of whom have blogged about their experiences. They love the experience of a swimming pool (although they acknowledge that it can be difficult to use in rough seas); the extremely comfortable cabins; the camaraderie of the staff; seeing (as captains do) the vastness of the sea; and one noted the import-export aspects of the trip.

 

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Even as a passenger, there is a great deal to be prepared for and to know. For airline travel, the general rule of thumb is to be at the airport three hours before the departure of an international flight. For cargo ship travel, "it is strongly advised to be in the embarkation's port the day before departure". Unlike airlines that adhere to a schedule (in India, airlines are penalized if they depart more than 15 minutes late), the voyage of a ship has more variables. If a ship arrives in port early then they will want to depart early, saving time. On the other hand, if a ship encounters breakdowns or delays in arriving then that could affect the amount of time that the ship remains at port. In either case, be prepared for either contingency.