Simply put, an irony is an aspect of a situation which is contrary to what one would normally expect. A seagull perched on a No-Fishing sign (shown above) is thus ironic. The incongruence between expectation and actuality, which frequently happens in the world of shipping, can be jarring.

  IMO demanding strict compliance with the International Convention on Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping for Seafarers (STCW) but refusing to give seafarers and everyone else free online access to its full text

  Seafarer unions enjoying a cozy relationship with shipowners and manning agents who may not be the most honest of the lot

  The shipping industry all het up about ship emissions as cows and other livestock roam freely and contribute significantly to global warming

  Charities advocating for seafarers’ mental health while openly peddling their wellness training programmes

  Maritime media organisations bestowing awards on companies they are supposed to write about and even scrutinise objectively

~ Barista Uno

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