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March 3, 2014 Larry Cox of the MV William B
Larry came to work on the river thinking it would be temporary. Now, he says prefers the adventure of towboat work to the mental stress of corporate life. "I just can't see myself doing anything else," he says.More...
February 18, 2014 Vijay Hazare of the Maersk Visby
Vijay, an engineer, shares his view on an important aspect of the Maritime Labour Convention, 2006. Not only must seafarers have one day off per week, but they also must receive a vacation at least once a year. Since Vijay's ship sails underMore...
February 7, 2014 Bill Nunn of the MV Dr. Edwin H. Welch
Bill describes how his "towboat family" sometimes welcomes new members: with practical jokes, including something known as "antiquing."More...
January 21, 2014 Ahmed of the MOL Encore
Seafarers face a lot of hardships, and Ahmed describes a few—the loneliness, the inability to be with family during stressful moments. But, he says, seafarers also have certain perks: seeing the world, meeting lots of new people and gaining uniqueMore...
January 2, 2014 James Marshall of the MV Eva Walker
Committed to ten years of deck work before he tries for a pilot's license, James and his shipmate Randal work together like brothers. In fact, James worked first for Randal's dad, a towboat captain. "I couldn't do it without hiMore...