Updated on 14th March 2022 with revised descriptions for the pictures used.
Imagine Aesop, the supposed author of a collection of Greek fables, living in the 21st century and writing about various players in the shipping world. A maritime edition of Aesop’s fables! That should be quite entertaining to read. The following are some individuals who would be perfect for the cast of characters:
The Maritime Charity Worker
Wears heart, not on his or her sleeve, but on the chest to show the whole world that he or she cares deeply about seafarers. Loves to post selfies.
The Union Official
Likes doing the clenched fist salute and talking tough. This is meant to intimidate ship owners. Can be arrogant at times and is usually sensitive to any criticism.
The Maritime Bureaucrat
Moves sluggishly like the wheel of which he is just one cog. Give him an incentive in the form of you-know-what, and he can run as fast as the rabbit.
The Manning Agent
A living example of how human greed can have no bounds. Has no scruples about skimming money from seafarers’ remittances, but can boast being the recipient of awards.