Happy Monday everyone! I was asked the other day to write about what exactly I do onboard since I post so many pics from the Bridge. The first thing that came to my mind is the below collage. I made it myself last contract, for fun but also to include it in one of my presentations for guests. They loved it! I would always get some room giggles on this slide.
Truth is I get this question a lot. Not just from the guests but also from the crew members. What I learned is that it’s easy to assume. I used to do the same mistake in the past in regards to other positions onboard assuming that they work less or have an easier schedule than me. In time I learned that all positions are equally important. Maybe you don’t see them too much hands-on working but the responsibility they carry behind the scenes compensates that.
And while I get to answer to this question very often (and the “why do you have green on your stripes?”), sometimes it is so difficult to find the right short answer that can cover everything. So, as I was writing the below post I realized, I’m going to need to separate this topic in different parts otherwise I will end up writing a novel.
Today is part one: Bridge, Engine and Waste Management duties. These 3 for me I believe they are the top priority.
While I am part of the Deck department and I answer straight to the Master of the vessel, I am not a watch keeping officer. I do spend a lot of the time with the Bridge and Engine teams going over things, new business, answering questions, checking that we are in compliance with all the environmental operations at sea and at port. Sometimes I might just pass by for a coffee and check in what is going on and while I am there, snap a Instapic too.
Besides the time spent voyage planning, I also visit the Engine on a daily basis and check that our equipment is running smoothly. From incinerators to advanced wastewater purification treatment, bilge separators, overboard valves and so many others that help us protect the sea and follow the law. Almost every year the regulations get stricter and stricter so being informed and up to date in crucial. Not just for myself but for the entire team as well!
Onboard, in my opinion, is all about communication and team work. From experience I noticed that if one of these fails there are always negative side effects that will impact the overall operation.
The other major responsibility that falls under me would be recycling and waste management. It might sound easy, after all you would think is just garbage, but sometimes all the regulations that each country, port, region has makes it so darn complicated! Long story short, nothing goes overboard and reduce-reuse-recycle is gold.
We have a tour called the Inside Access onboard during which our guests get to see the behind the scene operation. They love seeing all the equipment we use to process our recyclables, how clean we keep the segregation areas and how much work is behind in order to keep the ship nice and tidy. Trust me, you wouldn’t want that to get out of hand!
This concludes our part one and I hope I covered some important aspects of my job. Feel free to use the comment section for any questions you might have.
To be continued..