Writing A Paper for my phycology class, need some soft data on life at sea.

If you do not mind answering the following questions it would be awesome! It is to study the mental state while in remote locations (like in space) Being that I am becoming a sailor soon and attending aMaritime Academy next year, I think of it the same way in a way. Thanks so much.


1. What is the longest you sailed without touching dry land?
2. What is the typical interval of time worked?
3. What is the longest you worked without taking a holiday?
4. Is their internet at sea nowadays, what is it like?
5. How are you able to use you cell phone to communicate home since you travel to so many different nations?
6. How long do you typically spend docked in a port?
7. How much of that time do you get for shore leave?
8. Is there overtime on ships, if so how does it work?
9. Do you have a lot of satisfaction in your job?
10. How long have you sailed(or how long did you sail), and how much longer do you plan to sail before retiring to something else?

Once again thanks so much!

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6 thoughts on “Writing A Paper for my phycology class, need some soft data on life at sea.

  • April 23, 2020 at 10:34 pm

    Steward here. On both research vessels and oil tankers. I’ll have go.

    1. 39 days. That’s a decent amount of time in my US fleet experience.
    2. I work 3 months on and 2 1/2 months off.
    3. 6 months.
    4. Remember 56K. No you don’t. That seems fast at sea. On my best day 1(one) MB per second.
    5. I bought a Google phone. It works in every country. Before that I had an unlocked phone and I would buy sim cards in whatever country I was in
    6). Research vessels:. Sometimes a week. Oil tankers: 1 or 2 days. Sometimes we anchor offshore and do cargo. Then you take a luanch to go ashore.
    7. Your break time. 4-8 hours depending on your watch schedule.
    8. Licensed officers are salaried. Unlicensed get union set overtime. 4 hours a day, 12 hours on weekends and holidays. Typically an unlicensed makes more in overtime than their base pay.
    9. I’m pretty good at what I do and I get a lot of satisfaction knowing I’m supporting the well being of the crew. I miss home. The hardest part out here for me is the three months of no physical contact. There’s no hugging, no cuddling with my wife on the couch. That part is difficult.
    10. I started sailing in 2008 and plan on leaving in October 2020. I’ve started a small business that is growing rapidly. All the reasons I came out here have been fulfilled. I’ve traveled, met my financial goals and been able to start a successful business. I miss being home all the time so I’ve got an end date in sight.

    Hope this helps!

  • April 23, 2020 at 10:34 pm

    Wheelsman in the Great Lakes (Canadian flagged).

    1) 60 Days

    2) 45 Days on, 21 off

    3) 110 Days, 2 weeks off, then another 105 days (cadet time)

    4) Internet is available. Its absolute garbage.

    5) On the great lakes there’s usually cell coverage, roaming charges may apply.

    6) It varies. On the grain trade, 1-2 days in port is average. On self unloaders, 8 hours is average time in port.

    7) You can go ashore whenever you’re in port and not working.

    8) We get a daily pay rate in my company. “Community service” can happen 2 hours before or after a watch.

    9) Mostly satisfied.

    10) Been doing it for 5 years, unsure of my future in the industry as wages have stagnated

  • April 23, 2020 at 10:34 pm

    1. 20 days.

    2. 4 weeks on, 4 weeks off.

    3. As cadet, 3 months. As officer, 7 weeks.

    4. In the offshore segment, there generally is better-than-average internet. Currently am on a 60 man boat, with 20 Mbit connection. The work location uses local wifi, wired from land, reaching 6 or so nautical miles off of the sending spot. Satellite internet is a lot choppier, but usable.

    5. My case is specia – as I stay and work at a determined location, and no issues communicating home.

    6. Every 2 weeks.

    7. Port stay is work intensive, causing you to push 12-14 hours of work in a 24H period – but beyond that, you’re good to go. Perhaps 4 hours you’ve got available.

    8. Depends on company policy, country, and union agreements. Here – officers are salaried and get overtime on days with 11+ hours of work. ABs get overtime on days with 10+ hours of work. Engineers get overtime based on convoluted nonsensical definitions.

    9. Yeah it’s alright. Every day is new, supplying hundreds of thousands of UK homes with green energy feels like you’re doing something important.

    10. 4 years as an officer now. Probably will continue until retirement age.

  • April 23, 2020 at 10:34 pm

    I work on container vessels for a German shipping company as an engineer:
    1) About 4 weeks without port between ports sailing from the US east coast to Asia via the Suez Canal. If you count times where we were in port but I didn’t set foot on land, probably longer than that but I couldn’t tell you how long.
    2) 11 hours per day Monday to Friday, another 10 on the Weekend, possibly some additional unplanned overtime. So usually we are very close to our permitted weekly work hours.
    3) About 4 months.
    4) Yes, via satellite. It is heavily limited in speed, access time and data usage and not all ships in our fleet are equipped with WiFi yet.
    5) I have a cell contract that has data and calling plans for international travel, you can get local Sim cards and there are options like GlocalMe for international data use.
    6) Anything between 8 hours and 3 days.
    7) Really depends on your planned maintenance schedule. I always try to keep some time in interesting ports free for shore leave, but it doesn’t always work out.
    8) Regular working hours are 40 per week, everything else is overtime. For me, overtime is paid by lump sum.
    9) Yes, I usually do.
    10) I started as an apprentice in 2009, so with times spent at school I have now been in the industry for 10 years. Can’t really say how much longer I will stay – might look for a job with shorter periods spent on board to spend time with my family more often.

  • April 23, 2020 at 10:34 pm

    1. 62 days between Mauritius and Trinidad
    2. 12hr on, 12 off
    3. 113 days
    4. 5mbs is fast
    5. International roaming or I don’t use it
    6. I don’t – work on rigs now.
    7. See above
    8. When I worked hourly, I was getting a minimum 46hrs a week overtime offshore
    9. Sometimes. It depends on a lot of factors
    10. Been sailing 11 years, plan on another 2-4

  • April 23, 2020 at 10:34 pm

    If you don’t mind me asking what maritime academy are you going to?


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