Ahoy, my Friend!
Ships. Seas. Skies.
World of Our Own.
Our own city. Self-sustaining, unique, flexible, inherently hazardous and alive. A handful of men making our small world function normally like the rest of the world.
The secret to a Seaman’s mood is an excellent food. Hats off to those Cooks and the Galley Department as a whole who made our dining a five star experience.
“They that go down to the sea in ships, that do business in great waters;
They see the works of the Lord, and His wonders in the deep.”
The Seaman's Life
A Seaman is someone who goes out to the vast oceans in search for pearls, treasures and the best place to live; only to find them when he comes back home.
He learns how little a person needs while at sea, not how much.
He believes that a smooth sea never makes a skilled sailor.
Clock changes are part of seaman’s life. The first time I heard about the ship’s time being retarded was, well, a bit confusing. How could time be retarded when it only ticks and doesn’t think? Then I learned that it will be moved backwards to comply with the Daylight...
Crossing the equator should not be a big deal. This imaginary line is nothing special it only marks the boundaries of the northern and southern hemisphere. If you cross there, nothing really happens. You don’t get young, turn old or grow some scales. I remember...
Recognizing the importance of seafarers in keeping the global economy running, some European ports are now offering free Covid-19 vaccine to seafarers. The first COVID vaccine in the European Union started in Belgium last June 1. Around 2,200 seamen got their jabs in...
The largest ship owning countries are seafaring nations since ancient times. With their boats and simple sailing tools, they were responsible for allowing communities to flourish by trading goods from one port to another. As globalization sweeps around us, shipping...
Anchoring is an operation on board that involves dropping a metallic object with “claws”, called the anchor, which is attached to a chain connected to the ship. Safe and proper anchoring maintains the ship’s anchor fittings in good order. Additionally, it keeps her...
After more than five years of implementation, the Maritime Industry Authority (MARINA) finally ditches Management and Operational Level Courses (MLC and OLC). Under the shipboard organization, this course is applicable to deck and engine officers only. MARINA Advisory...
May good luck be your Captain
and sunshine be your Mate
May laughter be your Pilot
and happiness be your freight
May all the ports you enter
bring pleasure ever new
May good health be your Steward
and good friends be your Crew
~ Captain Jacob Den Heijer