“These holes are not for fingers…”

Ships have signs everywhere. Written in English, the most universal of all languages for global crews on board. The signs make it faster for people onboard to find the equipment they need, if it’s a valve or a fire flap. Most of these signs are regulated by international standards and look the same on all ships. Some signs though are home made, by the crew to avoid … Continue reading “These holes are not for fingers…”

“Want some coffee, Mr. Pilot?”

Unlike webmasters, cosmetic surgeons or life coaches, sea piloting is a profession that’s been around for centuries. Because it’s so old, the vocabulary surrounding it tends to be, let’s say, quaint. Old fashioned. Or downright ancient. Consider a maritime word like “starboard”. Or “steer board.” Its etymology comes from the Vikings. And an oar located on the right-hand back side of a vessel used for … Continue reading “Want some coffee, Mr. Pilot?”

“Not yet already finished!”

Language is a huge deal on board a ship. Especially for a marine pilot. Because we’re essentially temporary workers who enter an already established crew to maneuver vessels into ports. It’s a job with little margin for error.  Communication needs to be precise, to say the least.  Imagine if one day at work you’re told, “Stop what you’re doing. This stranger here is taking over … Continue reading “Not yet already finished!”