Marine Café Blog is now on its 11th year, having turned a decade old on 25th August 2019. Instead of looking back, I would much rather talk about things to come. As H.G. Wells said in his 1902 philosophical lecture, The Discovery of the Future: “It is possible to believe that all the past is but the beginning of a beginning, and that all that is and has been is but the twilight of the dawn.”
So what can readers expect in future from the maritime blog that many have learned to either love or spurn?
- Marine Café Blog is known for its candid articles. In a shipping world that suffers from a surfeit of sloganeering and hypocrisy, I see no reason to change its editorial style. The blog will continue delving into seafarers’ rights and other issues with the same boldness and candour that has been its hallmark for 10 years.
- The greatest challenge faced by 21st-century shipping is how to reclaim its humanity. Readers can look forward to more blog posts dealing with the humanities — art, literature and even philosophy. So far, maritime history has remained outside the scope of Marine Café Blog. However, I plan to start dealing with this subject in due time.
- To delight and to inform has always been the unstated goal of Marine Café Blog. For this reason, the website’s Downloads section has been redesigned. New files are being added — from seafarers’ rights and humananism to marine art, literature and photography. I urge readers to visit this section often and also look at the new online Maritime Directory (listing is FREE).
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God willing, Marine Café Blog will keep going for many more years and be of service to its readers, especially the men and women who work at sea.