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  1. Tour of the Control Room of the MV Wayne P. LaGrange with Dennis Osborn

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    Besides the machinery located in a towboat's engine room, the vessel also has a control room that enables the engineer to quickly assess current functions and make rapid decisions in an emergency…

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    • Capt. Thusita Buddhadasa of the COSCO Indonesia

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      Captain Buddhadasa works on board cargo ships that visit ports around the world, including SCI's Port Newark Center several years ago, where a photographer took his picture. SCI later featured…

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      • Margaret Casarez of the MV Dale A. Heller

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        When she became a cook aboard Ingram's MV Dale A. Heller six months ago, Margaret realized that her job required more than just putting food on the table. She has devised a system to ensure that…

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        • Captain Harold Newby of the MV Mountain Girl

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          Captain Newby holds one thing over everything else on the boat: safety. For a seasoned mariner, promoting a culture of safety on board impacts everyone.

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          • Sunny Tan-Castro of the Stuttgart Express

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            An electrician on the Stuttgart Express, Sunny expresses his happiness that SCI–Bay Area provides support to him and other visiting seafarers. Especially at the holidays, he says, being able…

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            • Larry Cox of the MV William B

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              Larry came to work on the river thinking it would be temporary. Now, he says he prefers the adventure of towboat work to the mental stress of corporate life. "I just can't see myself doing…

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              • Vijay Hazare of the Maersk Visby

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                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…

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                • Bill Nunn of the MV Dr. Edwin H. Welch

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                  Bill describes how his "towboat family" sometimes welcomes new members: with practical jokes, including something known as "antiquing."

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                  • Kuresh Behreinwala of MOL Express

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                    Kuresh's ship, the MOL Express, spent the New Year's holiday at berth in the Port of Oakland. He had no complaints, though. He gave a wonderful review of SCI‘s center in the Bay Area, calling it a “blessing for the seafarers."

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                    • Capt. Michael Gregg of the MV Kevin Flowers

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                      When you spend several weeks with the same people, as on a towboat, learning how to fit into the dynamic matters. And, Capt. Gregg says, "You've got to like the people you work with."

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                      • Niel & Rommel of the CMA CGM Libra

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                        These crewmates spent Christmas in the Pacific ocean and New Year's at berth in Hong Kong. They received Christmas at Sea gifts from SCI--Bay Area before the holiday, and planned to have a special holiday celebration on board ship.

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                        • Ahmed of the MOL Encore

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                          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 unique perspective on life.

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