Aside from container ships, one of the most commonly spotted vessels at sea is the bulk carrier. Unlike container ships which transport goods in - you guessed it - shipping containers, bulk carriers carry loose cargo in huge (bulk) quantities. A Supramax vessel is a type of bulk carrier.
Life at Sea
Martide blog posts about life at sea including seafarer mental health & wellbeing, life on a cargo ship, tips for life on board, women seafarers & more.
A cruise ship is a passenger ship that sails to a number of different destinations. The pleasure of the voyage being the point. Cruise ships are synonymous with being luxury vessels & their amenities, activities, dining options & entertainment are all created with the passenger experience in mind
In an industry that is truly global and both shore-based employees and those working in seafarer jobs may speak any number of different languages, how can we ensure that messages and instructions are relayed in a concise and understandable manner?
At Martide we like to share our seafarer jobs on Twitter and we also follow some interesting people whose posts we like retweeting. So we thought we’d share them with you in case you don’t already follow them and you’re looking for some new, fresh content for your Twitter feed!
An Electrical or Electro-Technical Cadet is someone undergoing a cadetship with the goal of learning how to maintain and repair the electrical and electronic equipment and machinery onboard a ship. A cadetship involves time spent in the classroom as well as practical on-the-job training at sea.
A ship’s Steward (or Stewardess) will most often be found working on a cruise ship, a mega yacht or a superyacht. Their main tasks are to help prepare and serve meals to guests, and take care of housekeeping. However, that’s just scratching the surface.
An excavator driver or AB-excavator driver on a ship is similar to their shore-based counterparts in that their main duty is to safely and efficiently operate plant machinery. The obvious difference is that an excavator on a ship is on deck and used for cargo and salvage operations and dredging.
An Engine Cadet on a ship is an apprentice, or trainee, seafarer who is at the very start of his or her career in the maritime industry. They are simultaneously onboard to work and to learn so that they can progress through the various seafarer ranks found in the engine room of a vessel.
Have you ever wondered what an Electro-Technical Officer does on a ship? The ETO is one of the newer seafarer ranks and they are responsible for ensuring that all of the electrical and electronic equipment onboard are monitored and maintained to ensure the safe and efficient running of the vessel.
A Chief Steward, or Chief Stewardess, typically works on a cruise ship, a yacht or a superyacht. They are a department head and are responsible for ensuring that the guests onboard receive first rate food and service, and that all of their needs are catered to satisfactorily.
So is being a plumber on a cruise ship very different from being a plumber who fixes burst water pipes in a home or business? While the basics of plumbing are the same, it goes without saying that the working conditions for a plumber on a ship are very different!
The Waste Operator, also called the Waste Disposal Operator or Garbage Operator, on a ship is someone who is responsible for ensuring that waste is handled properly and disposed of correctly. Most Waste Operators are employed on cruise and passenger ships.
A ship’s carpenter job is exactly what it sounds like: Someone who works with wood - except on a ship. Okay, that’s got the glaringly obvious fact out the way, but there’s more to carpentry jobs on ships than you may think. For example, what do they involve, and how do you become a ship’s carpenter?
As you have probably guessed from its name, a crane vessel - also known as a floating crane, crane ship or heavy lift vessel - is an ocean-going vessel which has one or more cranes mounted on to it. These gigantic ships are incredibly powerful and can handle extremely heavy loads.
A gas carrier ship, also known as a gas tanker, LPG/LNG tanker or LPG/LNG carrier is a vessel that has been designed specifically for the purpose of carrying bulk quantities of liquefied petroleum gasses (LPG) or liquefied natural gasses (LNG) from one destination to another.
The water-based or offshore cousin to a fire engine or fire truck, the fireboat is a vessel that has onboard equipment, such as nozzles, hoses and pumps, that are used to fight and extinguish fires both on other ships, as well as along the coastline, on docks and in ports and warehouses.
A dredger is a boat equipped with a tool that sucks, excavates or scrapes sediment like sand, silt, gravel, trash, rocks, debris and animal and plant matter from the sea bed or a river, estuary or canal. The materials moved are placed elsewhere or disposed of in an act known as dredging.
A car carrier or car carrier ship is a vessel that’s been designed for the transportation of either just cars, or a combination of cars, trucks, buses and other wheeled vehicles. Car carriers are a type of RoRo ships - which means Roll-On, Roll-Off, as this is how their cargo is loaded and unloaded.
e’re not going to focus on the bad points of the past twelve months, but instead We’re going to look back and see which of the many (52 if you’re wondering!) Seafarer Blog posts we wrote over the last year were the most popular. Here's our top ten countdown.
A chemical tanker is a type of cargo ship that has been specifically constructed, or adapted, to carry liquid chemicals in bulk. They are the main form of transport when it comes to moving the commodities that provide the world with its energy requirements from point A to point B.
A bulk carrier, bulker, or bulk freighter is a type of merchant ship that transports dry goods in bulk that are not packed into containers, drums or other packaging. We’re talking about cargo such as grain, cement, coal, ore and even sugar.
A tanker is a ship that transports liquid cargo in bulk. It doesn’t use containers or barrels but stores the liquid in a hold. The majority of tankers carry oil, hence the name, however some tankers also move edible oils and other liquified food stuffs such as treacle/molasses and drinks like wine.
A heavy lift vessel (HLV) is a huge freight ship designed to carry cargo that goes above and beyond the size and weight of the kind of items usually found on a container ship. Think: Dredging equipment, floating dry docks and plants, drilling rigs, offshore structures and even other vessels.
A lightship, or lightvessel, is a ship fitted with a beacon on a mast that functions in the same way as a lighthouse: To act as a warning and to help other vessels safely navigate at night or in fog. Lightships are commonly used in waters that are too deep for a lighthouse to be constructed.
As the name suggests, an icebreaker ship is a vessel that has been designed to...break ice. Specifically so that other vessels have a clear path through icy and frozen waters. This enables trade to keep moving and stops the global supply chain grinding to a halt.
A feeder vessel is a medium size container ship. Its job is to collect shipping containers from a port and transport them to transhipment hubs or central container terminals so they can be loaded onto larger vessels to complete their journey or onto other vehicles so they can be transported inland.
Do you want to know what a RoRo ship is? If so, you’ve come to the right place. RoRo stands for roll-on / roll-off which means it’s a vessel that has been designed to carry wheeled cargo: Think cars, vans, trailers, busses and trucks. Anything that can be ‘rolled on and then rolled off’ the ship.
Ever wondered what the difference between a cargo and a container ship is? Ever wanted to know exactly what a cargo ship is and whether or not there are different types of cargo and container ships? You’ve come to the right place! Join us as we take a deep dive.
It’ll come as no surprise that there’s a whole host of different boats, ships, vessels, and other watercraft out there. From the smallest canoe to traditional sailing clippers and from cargo ships to icebreakers and fishing boats, there’s no end of topics to explore. Which is what we’re going to do!
As with any job or career, there are pros and cons, good things and bad things, people that are suited for that type of work, and those who are not - and seafarer jobs are no different. In fact, working at sea is probably an even more extreme case when it comes to the ups and downs of working life.
It’s not exactly a secret that getting a good night’s sleep is essential for living a happier and healthier life - and while many on land can suffer with sleep disorders such as insomnia, how do you cope if you struggle to get quality sleep while working in a seafarer’s job?
Seafarer quotes, quotes about the ocean, inspirational quotes for seamen, quotes about ships - if you know anything about the Martide blog, you’ll know that we like making lists of weird and wonderful nautical facts and we especially like making lists of seaman quotes.
Ever since ships began trading internationally there have been people seeking a better life for themselves, or fleeing war or persecution - but who don’t have the financial means. But recently the problem is increasing as more people are willing to take the very real risks involved in stowing away.
If you work in a seafarer job you use the internet to look for jobs at sea, for finding seafarer training and new employers and manning agents who can help you find a new contract. And for all the other things to do with your maritime career! So here are 15 of the best websites for seafarers.
It seems every other day there’s news about a seafarer who’s fallen victim to a fraudulent manning agent, shipping company, or non-existent seafarer job. Not only is this disappointing, it can also cost financially. So it’s crucial to be able to distinguish between genuine employers and fake ones.
Junior electrician jobs at sea are essentially regular electrician jobs but onboard a vessel. Everything a land based electrician does is part of a marine electrician’s job responsibilities - plus the additional skills and personality traits required to work in the maritime industry!
Welcome to our latest post in the series ‘what is a seafarer’s job’. We’re looking at what a Marine Electrician does. As you might have guessed, a Marine (or Ship’s) Electrician is someone that performs maintenance, repairs and installations on electrical equipment - but onboard a vessel.
Just in case you somehow missed it, June the 25th is the Day of the Seafarer as organized by the IMO. The campaign is now in its eleventh year and as you also most likely know, each year the campaign has had a different theme, with this year’s theme being a “Fair Future for Seafarers”.
Why does the maritime industry have a skills shortage? The increasing need for seafarers with tech skills? A general disinterest in seafaring as a job? The lack of women entering the sector? The reasons are debatable but it’s clear the ratio of men to women in maritime is seriously disproportionate.
Do you want to find out more about entry level cargo jobs? Thinking that a career in the Merchant Navy / Marines might be what you’re looking for? If so, keep reading as we continue our series that explores what is a seafarer’s job and dive into the duties and responsibilities of a Wiper on a ship.
Entry level cargo ship jobs are roles in the maritime industry undertaken by trainee seafarers and cadets. Seafaring isn’t a career in which you jump in at any level; you need to start at the bottom and work your way up. Our blog post explores different seafarer jobs and how to start a career at sea
Are you interested in finding out about jobs at sea? Would you like to know more about what life at sea is like for someone in a seafarer job? Perhaps you’d like to know more about seafarer ranks and see if they might be the right maritime career pathway for you. Today we look at Motorman jobs.
Have you ever wondered what does maritime mean? And what is the difference between marine and maritime - if any? At Martide we love anything to do with the ocean, vessels, and the maritime industry - and as anyone who reads our seafarer blog or our employer blog knows, we quite like words too!
What is a seafarer’s job? is the question we’ve been aiming to answer and if you’ve read any of our other seafarer job posts that explore examples of maritime jobs, you’ll know it’s a hard question to answer! However in this post we‘re going to take a look at a Messman’s duties and responsibilities.
As a seafarer a huge part of ensuring time onboard isn’t damaging your mental health is making the most of the camaraderie that comes with spending so much time with a small group of people. Having time alone to catch up with loved ones via social media is crucial, but so too is community spirit.
In our series of articles which take a look at the various professions in the merchant navy we aim to answer the question: what is a seafarers job? If you’ve read any of the other posts in this series, you’ll know that that’s a tricky question to answer! In this post we’re looking at Pumpman jobs.
At Martide we love seafarer quotes so we’ve been searching for more to bring you! We’ve already covered our favorite seafarer quotes about the sea and previously listed 10 of our favorite seaman quotes about sailing so for this blog post we thought we’d see if there were any quotes about anchors.
We thought we’d take a look at which of our seafarer blog posts were most popular in 2020. So from seafarer interview questions and answers to seaman quotes and from seafarer resume advice to guides to different types of seafarer jobs, let’s run down Martide’s very own end of year top ten list.
There are a lot of different seafarer jobs out there and if you’re thinking about learning more about some of the different merchant navy jobs at sea that are available, you’ve come to the right blog! In this post we’re taking a look at what Marine Oiler jobs involve and what it takes to become one.
Watchkeepers need to maintain lookout 24/7 365 but working on and off around the clock with broken sleep patterns can have an effect on wellbeing and life at sea. Here are 4 steps for Officers of the Watch to take to combat fatigue and find more balance.
Are you interested in learning about seafarer jobs? Do you wonder what it’d be like to be a ship’s cook? If you’re interested in all things culinary, love spending time in the kitchen and think you could transfer your skills to a vessel’s kitchen (or galley to give it its correct name) keep reading!
Do you want to know what a Deck Cadet’s job involves? You’ve come to the right place. In this post we’re going to take a look at what duties a Deck Cadet will be expected to perform, and what skills and personality traits you will need to take your first steps towards a career in seafarer jobs.
If you’ve been wondering what is a seafarer’s job and are interested in finding out what are some examples of maritime jobs, our series of articles exploring different seafarer ranks and jobs at sea should help. In this article we’re looking at Chief Officer jobs and seeing what they entail.
The Master is the highest seafarer rank and the most prestigious of all of the seafarer jobs. A Master has ultimate responsibility for everything that happens on his or her vessel, including the security of the ship, and the safety of the crew and cargo, and any passengers, both in port and at sea.
We’re continuing our series of posts about jobs at sea with a look at what a budding Ordinary Seaman can expect from a life on the ocean wave. If you’ve ever wondered ‘what is a seafarer’s job’ you’ve come to the right place as we explore this entry level cargo ship job.
Are you thinking about what working in jobs at sea would be like? Are you looking for your ideal career? If you’ve an interest in all things nautical you might wonder what is a seafarer’s job and are looking for examples of maritime jobs. In this post we’re going to look at what an Able Seaman does.
Martide is continuing our series of blog posts that explore the theme “what is a seafarer’s job” by looking at examples of maritime jobs and jobs at sea. In this post we look at Bosun jobs and see what they involve. If you’re interested in a career at sea, find out if a Bosun’s life is for you!
What is a seafarer’s job? It’s a question that gets asked a lot but the truth is, there’s no typical job at sea. There’re so many different examples of maritime jobs that you could spend days researching them. And if you’re thinking about a career in seafarer jobs that’s exactly what you need to do.
Good communication is vital when working in jobs at sea but when you’re busy, tired or ‘not in the mood’ maintaining quality communication can be tough. That’s why we’re taking a look at ways those working in seafarer jobs can make sure they’re communicating well with folk back home. And vice versa!
As well as making sure you have the right talents and skills to work in the seafarer jobs you think will most interest you and you will be suited to there are some personality traits you also need to consider and some questions you need to ask yourself when thinking about working in cargo ship jobs.
A seafarer’s job is intense. You deal with a pressured environment with shifts and watches and you’re often cold and wet. You want your downtime to be the opposite. But how do you get to that happy place after months of working away in jobs at sea? We look at ways to de-stress when you get home.
Being able to communicate is a vital part of being successful in most walks of life and that’s very true for working in seafarer jobs. The thing is you will need to communicate with people from different cultures who have different mother tongues. Here’s how to break down the communication barriers.
Losing (or forgetting) your seafarer documents when you're traveling for jobs at sea can be a nightmare. Printing endless copies of your seafarer resume is a hassle. That's why storing them online in the Cloud makes perfect sense. Here's how to do that.
Seafarer jobs often require flying across time zones to get to your vessel. And chances are you’re going to be jet lagged when you arrive. The issue is you’ve arrived somewhere to start work in a high pressure environment where safety is paramount so here’s what to do to limit the effect of jet lag.
Social media is a powerful tool and for many people checking their news feeds, shares and likes is a daily routine. But for seafarers working in jobs at sea and spending months away from home, social media can be a real lifeline. But it must be used wisely.
25th June 2020 marks the 10th anniversary of IMO’s annual Day of the Seafarer. In recognition of these demanding times the worries that the maritime industry is facing, and of course, in particular the challenges that seafarers are dealing with, the theme this year is Seafarers are Key Workers.
Whether you’re the stay at home partner or the ocean-going half of a couple ensuring you both feel emotionally supported when one of you is away a lot is crucial. Of course this can be easier said than done when one of you is not just 1000’s of miles from home, but also 1000’s of miles from land!
Working in seafarer jobs can be challenging, both physically and mentally, even just on a regular basis. So it makes sense to try and keep the obstacles you need to deal with to a minimum while you’re working in jobs at sea. And that means avoiding certain things which could get you into trouble.
Losing your documents on the way to jobs at sea is a nightmare with a knock on effect on you, the vessel and crew. Meanwhile losing your luggage (or the airline losing your luggage) is a pain to deal with when you’ve got so many things to think about and do. Here’s what to do if it happens to you.
A huge part of jobs at sea is traveling abroad. And that’s not just for people who work in actual jobs at sea - plenty of jobs in the shipping industry involve travel and whether you’re employed in the types of maritime jobs ashore or those that take you offshore, it’s good to stay out of trouble!
If you’re in a relationship and one of you is away for months at a time working in jobs at sea it can be hard on both of you, and for a variety of reasons. Martide looks at some practical ways that people who work in seafarer jobs - and their partners - can keep their relationship happy and healthy.
We know when you’re working in seafarer jobs you’re busy around the clock but for those moments when you do get some personal time in between watches or shifts, even though you’re miles away from land, there are still plenty of things you can do to chill out and keep yourself entertained.
When even some of the biggest and best known companies in the world have fallen victim to cyber attacks from hackers, it pretty much means that none of us are safe - and that's both on a business and a personal level. If you're working in jobs at sea, here's how to stay safe online.
Modern life is stressful but maritime jobs and life on a container ship come with their own challenges. It can be hard for seafarers to get used to life at sea, to switch off and spend time away from home. So how can crew stay mentally healthy?
If you’re a seafarer with a joining date for a job at sea lined up in the future no doubt your mind is full of the things you need to do to prepare for embarkation. With that in mind Martide has compiled this handy list of 9 things every seafarer should do before they leave home to join their vessel
Working in seafarer jobs comes with many pluses. The travel, seeing nature at its most awe-inspiring, and the friendships created when working in jobs at sea. But like any job, whether on land or sea, there can be the odd downside. And one of those, as some seafarers will tell you, is homesickness.
Jobs at sea are demanding. They take a certain person to cope with the physical aspect of the work. But being mentally strong as well as physically fit is crucial. So what do you do when someone on board’s behavior is sucking all the enjoyment and positivity out of your life on a container ship?
It’s no secret that maritime jobs are demanding. They’re hard work and can be tough both on body and mind. But those working in seafarer jobs have numerous reasons to take pride in the career path they chose. And it is this sense of pride that can help you through days that feel tougher than usual.
If you’re a stay at home partner in a relationship where one of you is working away from home you don’t need us to tell you it can be hard. Some days you're fine yet other times you struggle to cope while your partner is living life on a cargo ship thousands of miles away. Here's how to handle it.
Often those working in seafarer jobs find they spend more time at sea than at home. This means as well as missing your family and friends, you also have to deal with practical issues from afar or in a short space of time when you’re ashore. So how can you cope with working away from home?
Depending on your culture and beliefs if you celebrate Christmas it can be tough to be away from your family, friends and other loved ones. And how you go about dealing with the season when you’re thousands of miles away from home is completely up to you: embrace it or ignore it? It’s your call!
As a seafarer you know life on a cargo ship means being away from home for months at a time. It’s part of the job and a fact of life. Whether you’re 110% okay with it or you accept it as a necessary part of your career it can feel a little overwhelming at certain times of the year. Such as Christmas
Have you ever noticed some people prefer to rant and rage whatever the situation? You’ve probably been on board with seafarers like that. But being nice improves life on a cargo ship. It’s a strength to be kind, not a weakness and it’ll make you the seafarer everyone wants to work with - and hire!
If you get seasick you may hide it from fellow crew. But there’s no shame in admitting you struggle with this aspect of jobs at sea. Nelson was a sufferer and Charles Darwin spent as much time as possible during his five year voyage on the Beagle on land! Read Martide’s tips for beating seasickness.
This year’s World Maritime Day theme is Empowering Women in the Maritime Community and so at Martide we thought it was only right to draw some attention to all of you women who are making their mark in this male dominated industry.
Life on a container ship means perks of the job for seafarers - ones that people working in shore-based positions can only dream of. And one of those perks is the opportunity to visit new countries on shore leave. But how can you make the most of that often all too short, time on land?