Life at Sea

Merchant Marine: Alternatives to Ishihara Vision Test?

Merchant Marine: Alternatives to Ishihara Vision Test?

Many applicants have difficulty with one or more plates in the Ishihara sets. Some claim that the tests are not realistic and the real issue is distinguishing colors at a distance. What is the Ishihara color blindness vision test for Merchant Marine, and what are the alternate tests?
How Few Ship's Personnel will the Carriers Get Away With?

How Few Ship's Personnel will the Carriers Get Away With?

Crewing levels on our Merchant Marine vessels are in some cases at a bare minimum to operate the ships, leading to the officers and crew working longer hours and watches. The majority of accidents at sea are caused by human error and a lot of these accidents are due to fatigue of ships personnel.

Too Old to become a Merchant Marine?

Opportunities exist in the Merchant Marine as a second or third career for the mature person. However there are some age restrictions, and a strict medical examination to ensure physical fitness for the position. The offer of a job will also depend on the candidate’s education qualifications.
The Captain's Mast: Its History and Modern Meaning

The Captain's Mast: Its History and Modern Meaning

The “Captain’s Mast” is a disciplinary event hailing from the age of sail where a ship’s captain and other officers publicly shame and sentence sailors who have broken some rule in a manner severe enough to warrant public discipline but not enough to require a full legal proceeding.
Ocean Pollution Effect on Marine Life and Shipping

Ocean Pollution Effect on Marine Life and Shipping

Sea pollution comes in numerous forms, from collision and grounding of ships around the coast, oil and gas installation leaks, to dumping raw sewage into the sea. The shipping and offshore industries have antipollution maritime laws, but sea pollution is still causing concern to environmentalists.
How to Write a Hazmat Procedure

How to Write a Hazmat Procedure

Hazmats are hazardous materials or dangerous goods that come under the International Maritime Dangerous Goods Act and under OSHA. A Hazmat procedure for the handling, stowage, transport and emergency response, and first aid in case of accidental spill, contamination, and fire has to be made.