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Seafaring: A Very Lucrative Career

Updated on February 8, 2013

Seafaring is a very lucrative career. It is already a common knowledge around the world since time in memoriam, in biblical times, great northmen of long ago, and endless tales that will make one's heart lurks once he/she heard the great tales of the sea. One's curiosity can lead to other surprising things that awaits eager young men and women in college or universities.

Career Orientation

"Travel the world free," the encouraging words by our dean of student, who's also a seaman or a sailor before (ranked captain) joining the faculty of our local maritime academy. True enough, having a career as a seafarer can bring you to any loading and discharging ports around the world, without worrying about travel expenses and hotel accommodation.

Filipino parents are often urging their sons and even their daughters to have a career in seafaring. It can also be a cherished ambition of their children. I have no choice. With all the unstable pace of life in the Third World or developing countries, like the Philippines, the most practical way to be well-off or rich in just a short period of time is to be a seafarer.

The usual courses offered in the maritime academy are: nautical engineering, marine engineering, marine architectural engineering and catering. I've fallen on the last course. The first two are four-year courses, the next is five and the last is only one year. Discipline and dedication are two keys that will keep you focus at your goal to finish a maritime course.

There are short courses available for other professionals who want to go onboard ship, especially those who want to work in a passenger ship. Nurses, physical therapists, accountant, doctors are some of professionals who must undergo Basic Safety Courses (BSC) like Fire Fighting, Boat Maneuvering,Maritime English, et cetera before embarking on a commercial ship.

To summize it, the Philippines occupies more than 20 per cent, the largest number of seafarers who are working onboard commercial vessels around the world. Amid the papermill or the documents necessary to be included as one of the crew in an international vessel, a merchant marine crew or officers of the vessel must be ready to face the perils and rigors of the sea.

Things to remember as a seafarer

Transporting goods is not as easy as you may think. If you will unload or load cargoes in the United States of America, many paperworks are required and should be presented to the charterer of the ship and to the US Coast Guard personnel for approval. This is just a tip of the iceberg.

Safety is observed at all times. Marine environment is very prone to pollution. How many ships are traveling the world today? I don't have an exact count but the number is huge. Unscrupulous officers will tolerate the crew throwing garbage to the sea that can be penalized if caught by the authorities.

Piracy is also a threat to all ship owners and seafarers, alike. We can always read nowadays the danger of traveling near the area of Somalia due to rampant ship hijacking. Malacca Strait between Malaysia and Indonesia is also a haven for pirates. Piracy watch is the counteraction of seafarers who happened to pass the location.

Illegal drugs and substances are also a no-no to all seafarers. Many who indulged in illegal trading of drugs lost their bright future by embracing the punishment of being incarcerated or imprisoned for life.

Pornography is also prohibited among seafarers. Authorities of different countries I've visited are very strict about it, especially if it involves children indulging in sexual activities. It can also lead to imprisonment.

Options to all seafarers

"What the sea wants, the sea gets." This is an old British saying about seafaring. There are many sea accidents that affected the marine environment so much (like in Alaska when Exxon Valdez polluted the coastline of the said American state) that shipping companies who were penalized spend huge amount of money to rehabilitate it.

Every portion of the vast seas are becoming special areas nowadays,, To mention a few: Antartica, the Caribbean Sea, Persian Gulf, Arctic Circle and the like.

It is the responsibility of every seafarer to make the marine environment free from danger due to pollution.

Being a seafarer is not just having a good income but be a vanguard of the sea.

Informative Link on Seafaring

Seafaring Memories by theclevermoo


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      Ireno Alcala 7 years ago from Bicol, Philippines

      The fulfillment of being a seafarer lies on the person's orientation. It pays a huge amount of money being involve in this kind of sea job, a reward you should treasure if you want to be successful in the future. Nice hub, thesailor. Welcome to HubPages.

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      thesailor 7 years ago from Seven Seas

      Thans for the encouragement, travel_man1971.

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      Truth From Truth 7 years ago from Michigan

      Nice hub. may I ask are you on a passenger ship?

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      thesailor 7 years ago from Seven Seas

      Thanks for a hub-visit, Truth From Truth (TFT). I've been working on either tanker and cargo ships since 2001 but never been to passenger ship. I've been planning to but I didn't tried right now.

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      Truth From Truth 7 years ago from Michigan

      Thanks, I was just curious as I have traveled on several, and I had a friend that was once interested in working on a cruise ship.

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      thesailor 7 years ago from Seven Seas

      Thanks, again, TFT. My brother-in-law is encouraging me to join the cruise. The main training is about Crowd Management and of course, Basic Safety Courses on Personal Survival, Medical First Aid, Social Responsibility and Firefighting. I think it's the same in your country. An applicant should have an educational attainment on maritime courses, too.

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      learntosail 7 years ago

      Nice hub; I was a 23 year Coast Guard enlisted vet. It's a great life and the bennies are excellent. Especially when it comes to medical and dental.

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      thesailor 6 years ago from Seven Seas

      That's true, learntosail. It is really a great job. You can travel the world for free, but you will face the perils of the sea. Thanks for the comment.

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