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

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

8/23/2014 Umut Türker 1979 Times Read

Also, unlike the cockpits of airplanes, you may be allowed to enter the bridge of the ship. The important thing to remember--no matter where or when you are--is that the ship's personnel are there for the ship, not necessarily for you. They have their own, separate jobs to do. When you board the ship, the chef or the steward may greet you, but be respectful and polite with everyone. If you do happen to go to the bridge and want to see what they see, then bring your own field glasses; do not ask to borrow that of another.


There is a canteen, which sells alcoholic drinks, among many other things. For the ship's employees, however, hard alcohol is not allowed; beer is allowed, but frowned upon. There are a slew of other things to remember, such as your passport, proper visas, insurance documents (required specifically for a trip), immunization papers and other things to have. However, for them, the trip can be quite costly; there is almost never any physician on board, so if you can sick or injured then you have to rely on any paramedic skills that the staff may have; and even they have to be concerned about security and safety.

In every field, there is an allure for people, and if the details are not objectionable then people stay with it. This certainly applies to the life on board a cargo vessel, where the vastness of the sea and sky, the travelling, and the responsibility of a few men over a tremendous amount of cargo certainly outweighs everything else.


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In every field, the facets are appealing, but it is even more attractive to share these experiences. Captain Dexter often makes toasts, his favorite being, "Here's to all the ships at sea / Here's to the small ships / Here's to the tall ships / But the best ships are friendships / So here's to you and me".