Maritime training videos are underrated

Maritime training videos are underrated

I find it interesting that instructional videos are rarely, if ever, used in maritime schools and training centres in the Philippines, the world’s top crew-supplying nation. When I first explored the world of coffee, I learned plenty by watching films about how coffee is harvested and roasted, the proper way to store coffee beans and the different methods of brewing. Seamen and maritime cadets should benefit as well from this great training tool. (more…)

The maritime herd mentality rules

The maritime herd mentality rules

Shipping is not any more conformist than other industries. But the herd mentality amongst maritime folks is so perceptible we are reminded of Friedrich Nietzche’s observation in his philosophical novel, Thus Spake Zarathustra: “No shepherd and one herd! Everybody wants the same, everybody is the same: whoever feels different goes voluntarily into a madhouse.” (more…)

Six wanted changes in the maritime press

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We abandoned maritime journalism in 2009 to go into maritime blogging. Since then, we’ve been invited a couple of times to write for certain international publications. But we’ve almost always declined. The maritime press is not what it used to be. With very few exceptions, it has become insipid and uninspired – like the coffee served in some popular coffeehouses. (more…)