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5 Common Health Problems We Wish Seafarers Avoid While Working At Sea


Ever wondering why seafarers get ill while toiling at sea? Here’s what ‘The Filipino Seafarers’ Lived Experiences Aboard International Shipping Vessels: A Basis for Health Promotion Intervention’, a research study of Ernesto R. Gregorio, Jr., MPH, of the University of the Philippines – Manila, would like us to understand.

1. STIs such as herpes and gonorrhoea is prevalent among seafarers

Sexually Transmitted infections (STIs) were the most mentioned health problems of seafarers, particularly those who work in bulk and tanker ships. Surprised? Well, seafarer informants of the study revealed that sex workers in Brazil look like (or even prettier than) Philippines’ actresses. Consequently, even the strict compliance to ISPS of both ships and ports didn’t stop these sex workers to run after seafarers, or vice versa.

2. Tanker Effect is real.

What kind of illness is this so-called ‘Tanker Effect’?

Tanker Effect is a common illness among those chronically exposed to fumes. Someone who has tanker effect shows absent-mindedness, irritability and having blank stares, or showing signs of insanity, the study detailed.

3. The ship’s cookie may cause hypertension.

Seafarers working in luxury and cargo ships responded during the conduct of the study that they were aware of the different factors which caused them ‘highblood’.

High dietary meat and fat primarily causes hypertension. For some voyage or budget-related reasons lack of alternative food choices onboard were cited, too.

Further, a lazy chief cook drastically exalts seafarers’ blood to its ultimate boiling point. Who wouldn’t suffer from heart attack if he merely serves the crew adobo, pata-tim and fried chicken almost every day?

4. Alcoholic seafarers get elevated SGPT.

Informants of the study, many of whom came from luxury ships, discerned that elevation in liver enzymes specifically SGPT was because of excessive alcohol and fat intake.

Take note, drinking alcohol at sea is a fun pastime of some seafarers. Others however, drink alcohol to forget their family and/or financial problems.

5. Lastly, seafarers succumb to obesity.

There’s ‘unli-rice’, and the grand buffet is served free at sea! No wonder some seafarers can’t control their food and drinks intake. Thus, their bodies attain too much body fat and this negatively affects their health in general.

STIs, Tanker Effect, Hypertension, elevated SGPT and Obesity are diseases seafarers likely acquire at work. To prevent occurrence, they should be well aware of these diseases’ respective causations.

I heard a handful of stories that due to bad pictures of health, some seafarers were untimely sent home while others had experienced delayed embarkation due to their pending medical examination.

You don’t want to be disturbed by your own body, aren’t you? So take time to exercise regularly, sleep adequately, eat a well-balanced diet and if possible, avoid hookers.

I know it’s kinda hard to live a ‘normal’ life at sea but here’s one thing to remember, sailor –should you wish to live a happier, and longer life … learn to live a healthy lifestyle!

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I’m sure my list is not complete. Can you add some more common health problems seafarers should avoid while working at sea? Write your thoughts on the comment section below. 🙂

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Pagdiriwang ng #Kalayaan2017, Rock ‘n Roll sa World’s Largest Cruise Ship


Ang Harmony of the Seas ay tinaguriang world’s largest sailing cruise ship. Kayang-kaya ng barkong ito magsakay ng mga pasahero hanggang 6,780 na katao at mag-employ ng halos 2,300 na mga crew. Sinimulan itong gawin noong May 9, 2014 at US$1.35 billion (2015) ang naiulat na halagang ginastos para magawa ang naturang klase ng barko.

Naging katangi-tangi ang pagdiriwang ng Philippine Independence Day ngayong taon sa Harmony of the Seas.

Sa mga larawan na ibinahagi ni Kabayan Leo Antipala sa Facebook ay damang-dama ang tamis ng pagiging Pilipino ng mga nakisaya sa event.

Rakrakan ang banda,


hiyawan at sayawan ang mga tao sa musika,


At higit sa lahat, piyestang-piyesta ang pagkaing handa!


Awww. Mother Philippines must have been weeping tears of joy now.

Salamat mga kabayan!

Proud po nating isigaw sa buong mundo na it’s truly more fun to be Filipino!


Trivia: Sa darating na Abril 2018, ayon sa Royal Carribean International, ay ang Symphony of the Seas na ang pinakamalaking cruise ship sa buong mundo. Kasalukuyan itong ginagawa at may capacity naman na makapag-accommodate ng maximum 6,870 na mga pasahero.


Kung pangarap mong makasakay sa isang cruise ship na katulad ng Harmony of the Seas, read this ultimate guide I wrote. It can give you helpful ideas how to secure a cruise job in the future.

Photos courtesy of Leo Antipala, a proud Working Pinoy: Cruise Ship member

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LOOK: Celebrity Millenium cruise ship Independence Day cake

Ang ilan sa atin ay sadya namang napaka-creative magpamalas ng kanilang pagmamahal sa Inang Bayan.

Tingnan n’yo nalang ang cake na ito;


Inspired by no other than but the Philippine flag ang design, di ba?

Makabayan na, masarap pa! Kaya naman ang mga tripulanteng Pinoy kasama narin ang ilang mga banyagang katrabaho sa luxury ship Celebrity Millenium ay nag-enjoy sa kanilang espesyal na salo-salo.


Pak na pak ang kanilang Independence Day celebration, ano? hehe


Salamat sa matamis n’yong paggunita sa araw ng kalayaan, mga kabayan! Ingat lagi saan mang sulok ng mundo ang biyahe inyo.

Ralated Reading: Pinoy seafarers onboard world’s No.1 ocean cruise ship



Photos courtesy of Benz Vizcaya, a proud Working Pinoy: Cruise Ship member.

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LOOK: Sailors’ Summer Pool Paradise

Aside from physically demanding jobs due to frequent conduct of ship-to-ship operations, the hot weather here in offshore Lome is one of the major difficulties to endure.

In months of March and April, the average maximum temperatures were 32 and 31 degrees Celsius respectively. Good thing, it toppled more to 30 degrees Celsius this May!

Outwardly, it’s summer season and to beat the heat, we go swimming!

However, neither beach nor open-sea swimming is permitted. Hence, we put-up this mini-swimming pool on port bridge wing of the ship, and played like kids day or night!




What can you say about how we enjoy our kind of summer at sea?

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Buhay Sa Cruise Ship




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Top Videos of ‘Pambansang Cruiser’ which can help you turn your dream to work at sea into reality


© Pixabay

Being a part of Buhay sa Cruise Ship and Working Pinoy Cruise Ships Facebook Pages management team, my (and other admins/moderators) inboxes receive tons of inquiries every day. How we wish then we have overflowing time so we can completely reply on each and every inquiry sent.

If you’re one of the inquirers, I understand your thirst for knowledge and ideas. To work in a cruise ship is your ultimate dream so it’s just to ask whatever is tangible with your aspiration.

Related Reading: Dreaming to work in cruise ships? Here’s your ultimate guide to get quickly hired

Personally, we are happy to help but sometimes we have limited time to cater your requests. Hence, I provide useful video references on this blog post which may answer your thrown questions.


© Rinell Banda

Thanks to Pinoy global Vblogger and Pambansang Cruiser Rinell Banda for his creativity and passion to film videos that help cruise job hopefuls fulfill their ultimate dreams in life.

Follow Rinell’s Buhay Sa Cruise Ship YouTube Channel on this link.

Work in a cruise ship


© Rinell Banda

The Work in a Cruise Ship Youtube video which was shared on Facebook captioned with Rinell’s personal ‘guide and tips’ gained below comments, among others, from grateful viewers.

Ranel Quinto: Yung akala mong wala ng pag-asa tapos nakita at nabasa mo ito.. salamat sir!

Melchor Gafate: Thank you Sir Rinell for this guide.

Jaymar Gatan: Sir Rinnel ayaw q ng office, challenge to sakin. Gusto ko talaga makasampa and to pursue my goal. Very inspiring po lahat ng ginagawa mo and sa pagtulong mo sa kapwa. Godbless and I pray for you.

FYI, Rinell had been a fast-food waiter and a Japan entertainer before he worked in cruise ships. He’s now a Bellboy Captain sailing for years with a big cruise company and his cool travels had been featured once in the award-winning TV show Kapuso Mo, Jessica Soho of GMA-7.

Related Reading: Rinell Banda is ‘Pambansang Pinoy Cruiser’

Click, Watch and Learn



Moreover, Rinell uploaded other videos on YouTube. His videos answer below questions I observe cruise ship job applicants were commonly asking;

What is BT / SOLAS Training?

Top 20 Questions for Housekeeping Department – Initial or Final Interview.

I have tattoes. Can I still apply to work in a cruise ship?

What agencies are legit recruiters in Manila?

How about age limit?

Oh, I don’t how to swim. Can I still work at sea?


What can you say about the Pambansang Cruiser’s videos?

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Hosting SAR Helicopters at sea



On April 11-12, two Belgian helicopters namely RN 05 and RN 02 approached our tanker vessel while she’s anchored at Westhinder, Netherlands. Specially designed for civilian Search and Rescue (SAR) missions, the sophisticated helicopters carried-out a drill which includes, among others, establishment of good communication through VHF and sending off two of their highly trained personnel from air by hoist lines and eventually, retrieving them after making a single turn around the vessel.

Just like what adventure packed movies The Guardian and The Finest Hours depict, the conduct of coordinated maritime and aeronautical SAR exercise is undoubtedly beneficial to all parties involved. For our side, we become more confident that whenever a need for search and rescue of someone who is on distress or imminent danger arises, we have had the best helicopter hosting experience to apply.

We, the Filipino crew on board, are proud of our vessel’s rescue helicopter friendly environment and would always be safely sensible to work hand-in-hand with our delegated guardians at sea.

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A quick hack to make your family ‘miss you like crazy’ when you work at sea

Meet Filipino Chief Cook Roy ‘Noy’ Yap.


He looks peculiar, does he?

But did you know that Noy is a ship’s chief cook for more than ten years already?

While he looks like a funny villain on above photo, he is one Philippine modern hero.

When his ship celebrated Easter and Halloween at sea a year ago, he prepared mouth-watering foods for the crew.

Moreover, his artsy team also showcased their talents thru these cute fruit carvings;


And organized a jolly freaky costume party onboard the ship!


I worked with Noy when I was still a deck rating. Personally, I know him as a responsible and loving father of his family. For him, his family is life’s greatest blessing, where life begins and where love never ends.

I learned from him that an affluent family has happy and contented family members.

Mag-ipon and mag-start ng negosyo kahit maliit muna, but that’s a very common answer and every OFW knew it, pero bakit out of 100% only 10% lang ang nakakagawa [mag-negosyo, so given the question, I will answer on my own perspective of how I understand the word ‘maunlad’ na pamilya… Some may quickly think pag sinabing maunlad is mayaman or mapera, but for me, ang pagiging maunlad is simply being happy and contented.  

Considering that he’s like an older brother to me, I asked him what tips he can share for someone like me who’s working abroad would eventually enter marriage life soon.

Champing at the bit, he shared these valuable points:

1. Stay online – Keep on communicating, hindi lang sa wife but dapat pati sa mga anak, go down to their level para maka-relate ka sa mga ginagawa nila, attend their needs, and make them feel na parang kasama mo prin sila lagi, that way, mababawasan ang absence mo, and mas maiiwasang hindi mag rebelde ang mga bata.

2. Avoid arguments – [Halimbawa] lalo na sa net kasi pag biglang nawala ang net, [kung] di ka pa makakapag-expain [ng nangyayari], patay na!…WW3 agad so if you are in need of deep conversation with your family, find the most convenient way or time na hindi mapuputol ang usapan ninyo, that way, mas maayos ng maayos ang problema.

3.Prioritize homePag uwi galing abroad, diretso agad sa pamilya, exempted yung mga kailangan pa mag report muna sa Manila bago umuwi  sa probinsya. Make them feel sila ang top priority mo hindi ang barkada. Pagdating, bonding agad kayo buong pamilya.

4.Make lasting memories – Kids love mamasyal na buo ang family, they will treasure and keep it in their memory, so make a lot of it. Remember, pag down ang isang tao, just think [of] happy thoughts. It helps! Hindi kailangan maging magastos. Picnic o family da [at], jogging lang every weekends solve na. Make a lot of activities like these with your family.

5.Don’t be king – Help your wife at home -be a cook, driver, plumber, carpenter. Yes! If you go home and act like e a boss, then your family will be more happy to see you away, than boss them around.  Remember that your kids always see you as a role model, and when they grew up and find a partner, he/she will look for someone awesome like you.


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Support Paper Recycling!

Did you know that according to one American study, one ton of recycled paper saves a total of 17 trees, 7,000 gallons of water, 280 gallons of oil, and 3.3 Cubic yards of landfill space and 4,000 kilowatts of energy? And as accounted on, it’s enough to power an average US home for six months and reduce greenhouse gas emissions by one metric ton of carbon equivalent (MTCE).

So let me show you then one of our simple ways to help conserve and protect nature at sea.

As the delegated safety officer onboard our ship, I’m tasked to provide each crew member an updated version of our ship’s station bill (a document where type of emergencies and crew’s specific duties are written). Since we are a total of 21 crew and a set of station bill contains 14 pages, I need more or less 250 leaves of paper.  However, since I love our nature, I opted to re-use papers waiting to be discharge on waste bins. The said bond papers were used before as documents, diagrams, etc.



After patiently checking for which available side of the paper to print on, I now put them on the printer machine and my goal to provide good copies of station bills out of recycled papers at sea is attained.

With the various benefits we can get from paper recycling, I am more than happy to do it.

Ask Chinese inventor Ts’ai Lun how he created the first real paper and you’ll be surprised to know that he actually made it from mixing recycled rags, fishing nets, hemp and grass!



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Where’s the Anchor?



The starboard anchor was weighed and the vessel proceeded to
berth. The starboard anchor was again used during berthing along
with the mooring lines as per the port procedures, and six shackles
were deployed in 25 metres of water. The next day, after discharging a
parcel of cargo, the vessel was departing the port; the anchor was to be
weighed after letting go the lines.
As the starboard anchor broke the surface of the water the officer on
duty informed the wheelhouse that the flukes and crown of the anchor
were missing.

Root cause

This could be due to a latent defect, as such an occurrence is unusual
under normal usage. Even under excessive load conditions, the D
Shackle on the chain, which is the weaker link, should break fist. This
indicates a probable casting defect which has surfaced after three years
of use.


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