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Time to resuscitate the term “seaman”

Marine Café Blog recently took the bold step of completely dropping the use of the term “seafarer” in favour of “seaman” or “seawoman”. Not many, I’m afraid, will follow suit. The International Maritime Organization has virtually buried the word “seaman” with the entire shipping industry only too happy to attend the funeral. Total Share: 11163100

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2013 reprise on ‘the human element’

Call it nitpicking, but this year, the Chinese Year of the Snake, we’ll continue objecting to the term ‘the human element’. Not only does the catchphrase sound too cold like Mendeleev’s periodic table of elements. It actually doesn’t signify much. Even if the context is understood to be shipping, its meaning can be murky. One of our readers commented that […]

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Is the term ‘seaman’ now extinct?

It’s the ‘Day of the Seafarer’ instead of ‘Day of the Seaman’. And it’s ‘International Convention on Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping for Seafarers (not Seamen) Convention’. The IMO and almost everyone else seem to be shunning the term ‘seaman’ in favour of ‘seafarer’. Are they wrong to do so? Probably not, but some old salts – those who […]

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