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Understanding the relationships between ship and shore personnel - a new study

Turgo, Nelson ORCID:, Sampson, Helen ORCID:, Acejo, Iris, Ellis, Neil ORCID: and Tang, Lijun 2013. Understanding the relationships between ship and shore personnel - a new study. Presented at: Seafarers International Research Centre Symposium 2013, Seafarers International Research Centre Symposium Proceedings (2013). Cardiff, UK: Seafarers International Research Centre, pp. 38-53.

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The working environment of a ship is unusual as a vessel is, in addition, the temporary place of residence for the seafarers who work on-board. The environment is also unusual because of the length of time that vessels spend ‘deep-sea’ far from land and in relative isolation. This solitude combined with the dangers which can be faced at sea tends to produce a feeling of separation amongst seafarers. They feel they are regarded differently by many ‘landlubbers’ who have little idea of what life at sea is like and who they, in turn, may find it hard to relate to. In this context the relationships between shipboard and shore-side personnel may exemplify unusual dynamics. Certainly such relationships are substantially spatially and temporally constrained and this may impact in negative ways upon essential operational matters. This paper relates to a new study of the interaction of ship-based and shore-based personnel. Drawing on shipboard observations and interviews, the study will explore the relationships between active seafarers and shore-side staff such as pilots, surveyors, inspectors, service engineers and vessel agents. In this paper we outline some of the factors identified in the wider literature that may potentially influence such interaction on-board.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Seafarers International Research Centre (SIRC)
Publisher: Seafarers International Research Centre
ISBN: 1900174464
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 21 March 2024
Last Modified: 22 Mar 2024 06:08

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