The Most Dangerous Hour In Shipping Is NOT 23:00 To Midnight

Most professional mariners agree that the most dangerous hour of shipping is the hour between 23:00 and 24:00 - this is because it’s the one hour when the most junior officer, the 3rd Mate, is alone on the bridge of most ships - but a new book by New York Times bestselling author Daniel Pink suggests that the most dangerous time of shipping starts at 13:00 in the … [Read more...]

IMO – This Is What a Career at Sea Looks Like

As part of an effort to draw more young people to a career at sea, the International Maritime Organization has selected the theme #CareerAtSea for the upcoming Day of the Seafarer 2015, an annual day of recognition held every June 25th for the world's 1.5 million seafarers and the contributions they make to international trade and the world economy. The IMO says … [Read more...]

It Pays to Have a Good Reputation

How are you perceived at work? Are you thought of as a strong worker, a good leader, great team player, a follower, a loner, or a complainer? Over time, your pay will increase if your reputation is terrific. If it is not, your pay will suffer. There are actions you can take. Do you know what your coworkers think about you? Do you know what your boss thinks? There are … [Read more...]

Go Sail A Rust Bucket – 10 Reasons Why

Each year hundreds of cadets graduate America's Maritime Academies looking for a Third Mate job with the country's best shipping companies. Polar Tankers, Transocean, Matson... the names don't change and the number of positions set aside for newly licensed officers rarely widen. Only the top cadets win these spots, the rest are left to join unions or sail with less respected … [Read more...]