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A Seaman's Life

A Seaman's life is a hard and sometimes lonely life, without family and far from friends. A long way from home doing your job to earn money so you can support your family. Not in every port you'll find a phonebooth to call your relatives, wife and children but fortunately nowadays there are mobile phones! However, if you're out of simcard-credit it's hard to get an up-grade because most ships stay ashore for just a few hours, so no way you can go shopping. It's a tough life and not without danger; all seamen need to have good education and they need to have a lot of knowledge about their ship before they can come onboard. Don't even think they are just sailing a ship, maintenance is also a big part of being a seaman. Most seamen I speak stay 6 or 9 months on one vessel, depending their contract. Some stay just 2 and in extreme cases even 18 months. It is a tough life but also social job. In my opinion they sacrifice themselfs to support their families who are a long way from where they work.

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Taken on December 24, 2009