Quality of Life Issues

Life at sea, whether working on a 180,000 ton VLCC making runs to
the Persian Gulf, or on a 90 foot towboat pushing 32 barges on the
lower Mississippi, is hard. Quality of life aboard vessels is always
an issue and will invariably be a factor when a mariner chooses a
company for whom to work. Although things like Coast Guard
licenses, endorsements, and STCW are standardized elements of
the maritime industy, there are things such as quality of life issues
like food, potable water, second-hand smoke seem to be governed
by less standardized regulations… or at least not attended to as
seriously.

Because companies are working hard to find, recruit, train and
retain quality mariners, quality of life at sea is receiving more
attention. An issue that has grown in importance with the realization
of the dangers of second hand smoke is smoking policies. Some
companies allow smoking on certain parts of their vessels, such as
in a crewmember’s cabin if they are the only occupant, or if the other
cabin mates smoke. On the other hand, some companies flat out
prohibit smoking on their vessels. Again, policies are one thing,
enforcement is another. In areas where crewmembers must work
together, there may be a “written” smoking policy and an “unwritten”
smoking policy, and that can make for tensions among
crewmembers.

Food and water are important quality of life issues. With programs
like CEMS, which is directed at optimizing crew performance and
minimizing human error, high quality drinking water and nutritious
and quality food become more than nice amenities, they are integral
components of operating a vessel with peak performance. And food
and water are important even without such programs. Experienced
commercial mariners know that vessels can vary greatly from one to
another in terms of food and potable water.

Some vessels have dedicated cooks and bakers who might whip
up fresh-brewed coffee, eggs easy over, and fresh pancakes for
breakfast, while smaller vessels might have a microwave oven and
every one takes care of their needs as they drop a pop tart into the
toaster before the next towing job comes up. These types of factors
are going to depend on the size of the vessel, operating budget of
the company and the logistics of providing meals for a crew based
on their size. Quality drinking water has been receiving increasing
attention. There are some older boats in smaller fleets where the
potable water tanks are beyond repair and renewal. Mercifully,
some of the companies operating these vessels have taken to
providing cases of bottled water.
























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