A Young Person’s Guide to Transportation Jobs Part 9

A Young Person’s Guide to Transportation Jobs Part 9

10/12/2014 Umut Türker 2828 Times Read

Most positions involve working for four hours and having the next eight hours away from working, and repeating this every twelve hours. There are some duties that require overtime (such as repairs, securing the cargo, and others) which can provide for additional income and for breaking up the monotony. In modern ships, there is a lot of opportunity for entertainment and distractions, including a gym and a swimming pool.


However, it can still be a long, drawn-out affair aboard a ship. Even at the end of the journey, even when you should be off the ship, you are still on the ship. Because of obligations and responsibilities and turn-around time, there is little opportunity to enjoy shore leave--at best, it would be for only a few hours. Many positions require being aboard for nine months, and then having three months off. Regardless, as in any profession, there are people who find jobs aboard ships and with crew that they like, and truly do enjoy the profession.


Many of the lower positions aboard a ship are filled with people from low-wage countries such as the Philippines and India, but officers can come from all over the world. Thus, there is a great diversity of backgrounds aboard a ship, making everything more interesting.


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As I alluded to in the section about trucking, there is a great variety of types of trucks. There is also a tremendous variety of types of ships. These include bulk carriers, container ships (those transporting cargo in the intermodal freight transport containers), tankers, refrigerated ships, roll-on/roll-off ships (also known as RORO, and which transport automobiles, trailers and even railway carriages), coastal trading vessels, ferries, cruise ships and ocean liners (which, like passenger planes, can also carry freight), cable layers, tugboats, dredgers, barges and multi-purpose ships (also called general cargo ships).