Since the vessel is a combination carrier it can load several types of cargo. I got to observe load and discharge operations of three different types of cargo in five operations. Before these operations could be completed, there had to be done a lot of preparations which I got to participate. Cleaning the huge cargo holds and making a loading or discharge plan that ensured sufficient strength and stability under the operations, are examples of these preparations.
In addition to the technical and operational knowledge I have also learned a lot about safety management onboard and how international maritime regulations are followed regarding safety and environment. Each Saturday I was assigned to do the weekly safety routines together with an officer from the engine room. These routines included testing of bilge water alarms, fire alarms, the emergency generator, batteries and the two lifeboats. I also got to participate in weekly emergency drills including fire drills, lifeboat drills and bunker drills. The anti-pollution work onboard is very important and I learned how pollution is prevented and how the crew should act if there occur a pollution situation onboard. In addition to the regulations about oil pollution I learned how garbage and sewage should be handled according to the regulations.
Finally, I want to thank the crew and staff who made this experience possible for me. I have learned a lot and gained an experience that will be very useful in my future career in the Maritime Industry. If you’re thinking of doing something similar, I can recommend it!