8 Important Reminders for Seafarers before Joining the Ships
Posted on November 9, 2015
EIGHT IMPORTANT REMINDERS FOR SEAFARERS BEFORE JOINING THE SHIPS
As a seafarer for more than 10 years and boarded 12 international vessels such as Container, General Cargo and Bulk Carrier, I’ve been able to perfectly remind myself what are the important things I need to bring before joining ships.
These are the 8 important reminders so you are completely ready to embark and start your journey as a seafarer.
- SAFETY FIRST. Always bring your personal protective equipment (PPE) such as coveralls, safety shoes, ear plug, reflective vest and winter jacket issue by the company. A posted family picture in your cabin will remind you to always be safe at work.
- DOCUMENT FOLDER. These includes all your important documents and STCW certificates such as passport, seaman’s book, employment contract, joining letter, flight e-ticket, visa, medical certificate, yellow fever, allotment order, government ID, training certificates and other in-house trainings. Small notebook and pen for your daily work diary.
- PERSONAL HYGIENE. In order to have a physically healthy body, bring your complete care. These are your facial wash, hair shampoo & conditioner, deodorant, body soap, petroleum jelly, lip balm, toothbrush & toothpaste, mouthwash, shaver & cream, cotton buds, skin lotion, alcohol, hair wax/gel, comb and nail cutter.
- HEALTH IS WEALTH. Prevention is better than cure so better bring your needed multi-vitamins and personal medicine enough for your contract. And to protect from colds and cough, a vitamin C will help to improve your immune system. Put together your personal medicines and Doctor’s prescription in case of random inspection in Port. For first aid, brings with you a betadine, cotton and band-aid.
- FAVORITE FOOD. You will miss-out the taste of Filipino food during your contract so you have to bring your favorite chips, happy peanuts, boy bawang, dingdong, pancit canton, candies, coffee, skyflakes and dried fish, but not fruits or frozen foods.
- CLOTHES TO WEAR. A pair of nice polo, jeans and rubber shoes for shore leave. Working clothes like simple shirts, shorts, socks and small towel enough for 1 week. Daily clothes such as t-shirts, basketball shorts, sando, boxer short, briefs, handkerchiefs, jogging pants, jacket and other accessories you have like watch, eye glasses, caps, bonnets, jewelries, perfumes, belt, sandals and more.
- COMMUNICATION GADGETS. If you can bring 2 mobile phones is much better. One for local roaming SIM in receiving text message from your love-ones and other one use for calling or internet connection in abroad. Before departure, activate your roaming SIM with at least 300 pesos worth of load on it. A bible, novena prayer and rosary for your communication to God.
- ENTERTAINMENT SYSTEM. As the technology improve, a laptop is a must in order to watch movies, read ebooks, listen to music, play games and look at the pictures of your lovely family. You may also bring external wifi to have better signal, broadband pocket wifi for mobile internet, power chargers of your gadgets, mouse, earphones, speaker, usb flash drive, digital camera, flash light, hard drive with new downloaded movies, latest Philippine newspaper and your favorite game gadgets.
Regular baggage allowance is usually total of 40 kilograms (2 pieces luggage of not more than 20kg each) plus 1 hand carried bag or back-pack (about 7kg) will do. All valuable and expensive items should be in your hand carried bag, and put some extra underwear, shirt and personal hygiene for long trip with your travel allowance in your wallet.
Bon voyage mate and enjoy working onboard ship!
Author: ENGR. RICH MAGPANTAY
Certified Maritime Instructor and Assessor
Inspiring Seafarers Lives