Advantages and Disadvantages of Merchant Navy: Good & The Bad Of My Sea Life.


Being a sailor since  4 years I have sailed a lot, some short and easy some long and difficult, But every sailing ended with something new. People often ask me about the advantages and disadvantages of sea life, actually most of them are intrigued about the sea and ship, well not their fault, also, guys who want to join Merchant Navy want to find out how is it there on a ship on the sea, so here it is, I am trying to Penn down some up’s and downs of my sea life, it’s not sure that my list will be the same as other mariners. So sailors please don’t take it personally….…or take it anyway!!


  1. Paid Training

Yes, After finishing your pre-sea training which is conducted in a marine school, we join a ship for onboard training as a Cadet and get paid. The Amount varies from company to company from $300-$600.Lets say when your friends will be completing their bachelor degree you will be “earning for learning” and that too in dollars

  1. Tax Free & High Income

According to Indian government if you are not present in India for 182 days, you are not eligible to pay tax. So, if your contract is more than 182 days in a year, NO TAX!!

And getting paid in dollars , working on water , actually is profitable and that too in early stages.

  1. Long Vacations.

As long as it’s considered, when you are at home, you are free to do whatever you want to. Time off varies from weeks to months and from company to company.

  1. Travel Experience (Meals & Lodging)

There is no charge for the food you eat, laundry, room you sleep in, flights u board (mostly), your company takes care of that from the day you join even as a fresher. It actually let you save more.

  1. Uniform & Respect

I don’t know about other sailors, but it makes me kinda proud u know!!

  1. Pure Environment

Not that level of pollution, after a certain time period you find yourself working in proper air conditioning, food you eat is handled by professionals.

  1. No Politics.

I am not saying this happens every time, sailors generally live like a family, but if some damned soul join you, can’t help it!!

  1. Impermanent Bosses & Colleagues

The thing is if your boss is really an a** hole, either you quit or apply for a transfer , but here you just have to bare your captain or chief or whosoever may the Officer is , for a contract, chances are you won’t see him again.

  1. Self Improvement & Time to Think.

Sailings, when you are not on duty, when as a fresher sleeping is the favorite thing, but as you grow you do things which you couldn’t do because of the lack of time , reading literature or anything else, sketching. Numismatics, there is no boundary. You think about things and yourself, it’s just you and your mind.

  1. Multi Lingual People & Cuisine

Travelling around let you to meet people from different countries, there is no Indo-Pakistan border there, if you are a foodie like me, its haven!!

  1. Limited Working Perimeter

You don’t have to get up early, freshen up , be ready , take a bus or drive through kilometers ,parking, then work or wander the market ,again travel to home, Here it’s like, get up, freshen up , change. Limited perimeter for working.

  1. Offshore Work Opportunities

Number of possibilities, being a surveyor, a pilot or just teaching in a maritime school.



  1. Long Time Away From Home.

No matter how I put this but I won’t be able to convert it , with increasing connectivity and allowance of family on ships by various companies , but still most of the time its away time. Being a sailor or accepting the fact can make you a little bit stronger than your family but the better half of yours, kids……!!

  1. 7 Day Work

There is nothing like weekends , you have to be on duty every day, and if there is any emergency be ready to stay on 24 hrs duty.

  1. Stress + Home Sickness

No matter how hard you try but it takes onto you,  mostly when your contrct is about to finish.

  1. No immediate help in any Emergency.

Imagine this you’re in pacific, no land nearby, and if any serious injury happens, we do study about medical attention , frankly first aid advanced level, but if victim require urgent hospitalization its not possible. Many deaths happen, making it one of the most dangerous profession.

  1. Studies Never Ends.

Yeah !! Don’t think that you’re an hard a*s and can go through , then comes studies , its like sea experience then exams , then again experience and then exams, this goes on and on.

  1. Relationships & Social Life

There is no stability, sometime you can call sometime you cant, there are world SIM for calling and surfing net , but it doesn’t gives that level of connectivity which you can get on a land job, so comparison here is worthless.

  1. Piracy

Though this happens rarely and in some specific parts of the world, but it does exist, companies are forced to keep private security, a new course added as ship security, and number of changes for Anti Piracy, but it does scare you,

  1. Vegetarian

Nearly impossible to survive, I WAS a vegetarian.

I believe, everyone doesn’t possess the will to become a sailor, it really takes a different kind of a man or a woman to go and be there at a ship. Today, if I am right, 30% of the freshers reach to the next level, OOW , whatever be the reason for them to leave but this is what that happens.

95% of cargo is transferred by ships alone, from petroleum to chemicals to luxury goods, it’s possible that the laptop or desktop you are reading this blog was transferred by one of a ship. If ships stop for a day you can’t imagine what can happen. That makes me, Us, important. I AM A PROUD MARINER.

Until next time, ciao!!

Nearing the end…

Fox at Sea

Ok so it’s been a while…  A long while…  My bad…  In a nutshell I was really bored, really tired (of almost everything) and just wanted the trip to be over, hence my lack of enthusiasm to blog.

So I left off back in January when we were around Japan and I’d just started being Official Helmsgurrrl.  Well I’m pleased to announce that from Singapore all the way around to Bremerhaven where I left the ship, it remained intact and dent free from my driving.  Yeah I’m not bad at the whole steering lark (I should be with 90 odd hours of it) but I always had a really deep fear that I’d get overconfident/cocky and do something…  “Less than ideal” shall we say.  Lucky I had a fear of that fear so all was well.  Steering all of the locks of the Panama Canal and then into Manzanillo…

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British naval losses on 28 May 1940 during Operation Dynamo

Naval Matters

M/S trawler HMT Thomas Bartlett (T/Skipper J. Thomlinson RNR) mined and sunk off Calais.

A/S trawler HMT Thuringia (Chief Skipper D. Simpson RNR) mined and sunk in the Channel.

Passenger ferry MV Queen of the Channel bombed and sunk by German aircraft.

Coastal steamer SS Abukir (Capt R. Morris-Woolfenden) torpedoed and sunk by German E-boat S.34 (OLt.z.S Obermaier) which then stopped to machine gun survivors in the water.

M/S paddle steamer HMS Brighton Belle carrying ~800 evacuated troops struck a submerged wreck off North Sand Head and sunk. Survivors rescued by the Medway Queen.

HMS Brighton Belle, clipping from Daily Mirror story on Dunkirk published 5 June 1940.

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Sunset Section 215

Capt Jills Journeys

I don’t know about you, but I’m glad the Senate let the domestic spy program (part of the most bogusly named PATRIOT act) where they collect ALL of YOUR phone records, internet records, etc sunset. I hope to hell the congress will get together and just let it die! Do NOT replace it with the so-called “Freedom Act” (another falsely named bill). These laws are completely unconstitutional and totally unjustified. On top of that they’re just plain wrong. Didn’t we used to hate NAZI Germany and Soviet Russia for treating their people this way? It was wrong when they did it and it is JUST AS WRONG now when WE do it!

I don’t know about you, but I don’t believe for 1 New York second that the fact that the government is not allowedby law to spy on any American citizen without a valid warrant will stop them…

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Women at war: How women ended up on the front line in Afghanistan

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In 2010 the U.S. Army Special Operations Command created a pilot program to put women on the battlefield in Afghanistan. In this edited excerpt from her book, Ashley’s War, writer Gayle Tzemach Lemmon shares the background that led to this game-changing decision.

From the start of the war, U.S. Special Operations Commander Eric Olson believed that America was never going to kill its way to victory in Afghanistan. “We have to learn to think our way through this fight,” he would say. To do that, “we have to understand it better.” For some time, Olson had been thinking about “the whole yin and yang of modern warfare capabilities.” As he saw it, “concepts that may at first appear to be opposed to each other may in fact be parts of the same whole,” and he had come to believe that the United States was out of balance, too tilted…

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Random Act of Kindness India


Even though I am not very active on Facebook, I have to share this. I think I am doing some random act of kindness by sharing this 😉

I think one act of kindness lead to another. That is what happened after I posted yesterday’s post.


This is the link I found and I want to share this. Hoping that the FB fans will like this!

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Education – A New Perspective

Worth a watch !!

Happy Realizations

I recently watched an extremely beautiful and thought provoking documentary, ‘Schooling the World’. This deeply moving film discusses at length the role played by modern education in the destruction of many of the world’s indigenous cultures. It highlights the sorry state of affairs in countries such as ours and the role education might have played in bringing us to this state. The film boldly questions the belief that western education is the only way to uplift our society and free ourselves from the clutches of the apparent poverty we live in; when, in reality, it doesn’t even seem to be working for them.

” ..institutionalised education of the kind that doesn’t teach you anything about your local ecology, your local culture, your local economy or your ability to be productive.”

The film focuses on how this extremely sought after modern western schooling has been systematically killing cultures across the world…

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Books-Food for the soul

Reading books has always been my passion,was an above average scholar in my childhood and was never detained to read comic books then, i guess it flourished since then. With gods grace destiny has given me a profession in which i am supposed to read and study for eternity(Not Joking). While on sailing and with no network , giving opportunity to read more n more n more and i do. be it a hard copy or a digital one, from mythological,religious to fiction , biographies to comic books, i still read them, sometime more then once, i have friends who are always generous enough to recommend fresh pieces of work done by Authors. Why i am writing this here ? , the answer to this question is , from now on i am going to write about those books i am done reading. Probably it will help for fellow mariners to give it a chance.

ciao ! till next time