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John Stapleton of the MV Buckeye State
John has spent several years on the river, working his way up from deckhand to steersman. More...
  • October 2, 2014 Moises Villoceran of the MV Coral Bay

    A Filipino seafarer discusses how he spent six months off the ship rebuilding his home damaged in Typhoon Yolanda/Haiyan.

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  • September 18, 2014 Captain Terri Smiley of AEP River Operations and Chief Mate Allison Baley of the American Queen

    To work on the river, “you have to be dedicated,” says Allison, the chief mate of the steamboat American Queen. Capt. Terri Smiley of AEP’s MV Gerald Boggs agrees, noting the importance of having a sense of humor, too.

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  • September 12, 2014 José Apura of the Seaspan Chiwan

    It’s been seven years since José saw his daughter and grandson, but today some well-placed and -timed shore leave makes for an exciting reunion—a great ending to his nine-month contract, which ends as soon as his replacement comes.

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  • September 5, 2014 Capt. Michael Mackey of the MV Janis R. Brewer

    When the captain asks you to do something, it's best to do it right. Captain Michael Mackey, who's worked just about every river you could name, relates what happened when a deckhand tried to take a shortcut with a task.

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  • August 29, 2014 Carolyn of the MV Janis R. Brewer

    If you think the cook has the easiest job on the towboat, think again. Carolyn relates a typical cook’s day, which starts at 3 am.

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  • August 22, 2014 Jaison Asebo on MLC Provision for Safety

    The Maritime Labor Convention, 2006 has made working conditions on board ship safer for seafarers by mandating rest hours and time off.

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