People imagine that working on a cruise ship is filled with fun, entertainment and exhilarating world travel. When job-seekers sign contracts to work on these vessels they are suddenly thrown into a much harsher reality. Many cruise ships push their crewmembers to the limit with hard labor and long hours. Some employees are brought to the point of exhaustion and injury.
There is no question that working on a ship is dangerous. Ropes that contain thousands of pounds of pressure, heavy equipment that needs to be moved, slippery decks, narrow stairwells and deep tanks all pose risks of injury to those who work aboard. While some injuries received on a ship may be slight, like a sprained wrist or a bruised shoulder, others can leave men and women in New York unable to return to work and therefore support themselves and their families.
Working on a fishing boat is not easy. You have to continuously deal with heavy equipment, rough seas, slippery decks and bad weather. While other New Yorkers often spend their winter days in warm buildings, you must brave the cold while hauling in crab, lobster, black sea bass or other marine delicacies. You also have to be on the watch for symptoms of frostbite.
Working around a ship can expose people to a number of toxins and one of these is lead. In a previous post, it was discussed how New Yorkers working in a shipyard could be inhaling lead particles while performing routine maintenance. Therefore, it is important for workers around ships to learn how to identify the signs that they may be suffering from lead poisoning.
Taking a cruise is viewed by many New Yorkers as the ideal way to escape their everyday stresses and the industry is booming. As cruise ships grow in size with more cabins, waterslides, rock walls, dance clubs, restaurants and other features, the risk of passenger injuries also seems to increase. Statistic Brain states that since 1979, 172 passengers have died on these floating hotels and 55 ships have sunk. Additionally, thousands of people have suffered some type of injury while on board.
Several weeks ago we wrote a blog post about the Royal Caribbean cruise ship the Anthem of the Seas which, as you may know from news reports, was caught in a storm last month that caused damage to the ship. Although reports at the time indicated that no one had received injuries on the ship, reports now are telling a different story.
You may have read the news reports or even seen the videos, but what happened last week aboard a Royal Caribbean cruise ship is difficult to imagine unless you were there. For hundreds of passengers aboard the cruise line's Anthem of the Seas, their vacations were turned on their heads, literally, when the ship sailed into stormy seas just days into its journey.
As our more frequent readers are well aware, not all seafaring vessels have the ability to stop at a port or request medical assistance from a doctor on land at the drop of a hat. Many vessels are out at sea for days, weeks or even months at a time. But as you know, medical emergencies can happen at anytime, meaning ship operators need to be prepared for these worst case scenarios.
Even if you don't follow the markets, you've probably guessed that crude oil prices are still dropping as has been evident by looking at the price per gallon of gas at gas stations all over New York. But even bigger news still is the fact that Congress may soon end a "40-year-old ban on crude oil exports," explains CNBC.
If you're unfamiliar with maritime terminology, as many across the nation are, then you've probably never heard of the term freeboard. Because you've never heard of it, you've also probably never considered how important it is when determining the safety of a vessel on certain waterways. In today's post, we'd like to explain what freeboard is to illustrate why you should consider it before operating a vessel.