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  1. Errol of the James River Bridge

    02:52

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    Even though he didn't originally want to work as a seafarer, Errol decided to take the necessary exams to become a licensed safety officer. And who says being a small guy is a bad thing? For…

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    • Errol of the James River Bridge on sacrifice

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      Errol works on board ships most of the year to provide for his family at home in the Philippines. Like many international seafarers, he expresses a mixture of happiness—at being able to support…

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      • Ken Eaves of the MV AEP Future

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        At age 41, Captain Ken Eaves has renewed his Master Mariner's license four times. Having experienced his fair share of scary moments, he attributes the positive outcomes to his years of good…

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        • Brent Otto of the International Maritime Center

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          Seafarers sometimes get denied shore leave for unjust reasons. Brent, a volunteer chaplain at SCI-Bay Area, describes one such incident and how his presence helps mediate the tensions surrounding shore leave denial.

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          • Jeypee Tacuban of the MOL Express

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            As an AB aboard the MOL Express, Jeypee describes the kind of training he went through to get his job. 

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            • Marlin Barger of the MV AEP Future

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              An eight-year veteran of the inland rivers, Marlin still has to explain to people what he does and why he loves it. "They really don't know how good we have it," he says. Among the…

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              • Salim Saleh Saed of the CSCL Pusan

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                Salim's contract will end in a month—but he's waiting to go back to his native Tanzania until the rainy season ends. He's building a house there, in preparation for his upcoming marriage.

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                • G. Venugopal of MOL Efficiency

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                  With a few hours' shore leave, Gopal has time to visit his daughter, son-in-law and four-year-old grandchild who live close by.…

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                  • Travis Roberts of the MV AEP Future

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                    Deckhand Travis was asleep when his boat's steering rudder failed. Luckily, the crew—who look out for each like family—worked together to ensure no one got hurt.

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                    • Taabito Mananga of the Hanjin Pretoria

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                      A native of Kiribati, Taabito has worked on several different kinds of ships. He prefers working on a container ship because it increases the chance of shore leave.

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                      • Allen of the Ever Refine

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                        Third officer on the Ever Refine, Allen had another career before becoming a seafarer: photographer! He described the beautiful pictures he takes at sea, as well as a less-pleasant aspect of the job:…

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                        • Rommel, Ric & Leoncio of Ever Charming

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                          Shopping alone in a strange country can be intimidating, so it helps to have a friend show you the ropes. Rommel accompanied shipmate Leoncio from the Ever Charming to brave the stores this time after…

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