Some years ago I spent a couple of days aboard a VLCC on passage, which provided a great deal of food for thought, along with some meat for subsequent articles. Continue reading
Not a lot seemed to happen during the Christmas and New Year holiday season, although the UK Met. Office managed, on the Blairite principle of “today being a good day to bury bad news” to sneak out, at the height of the festivities, their latest assessment that global warming is happening a great deal slower than the climate alarmists would have had us believe. Continue reading
How many people would you estimate as being adequate for the safe manning of a 6000grt ship, a sizeable lump of metal by any standards, although a minnow by comparison with the monsters wandering around the world today?
The Netherlands maritime administration will happily issue a Safe Manning Certificate which will permit this ship to trade with just six souls aboard. Master and Mate, Chief Engineer, cook and two sailors, which seems quite generous – to the owner.
As I write this I have at hand the manning arrangements for a 3194gt general cargo ship commanded in the Indian trades by a relative, 75 years ago. Aboard this busy little ship there were no fewer than 108 crew, which is illustrative perhaps of the leaps in productivity that… Continue reading