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Life at sea

Sea jobs are one of the most fascinating jobs that have attracted millions of youth and the ratio of female workers too has been increasing. Youth join this profession at a young age. Today the objective behind people joining the maritime industry has changed. Long time ago when maritime industry was emerging no qualification was required for joining this profession. Most of the workers were asked to forcefully join the shipping industry while some of them joined for earning a livelihood. Sea jobs offer good compensation to workers at the cost of compromising their family lives.

With the passage of time, sea men were considered as womanizers because a trend was started by many ports earlier where women were available for satisfying the sexual desires of entire crew members. Basically, this type of port prostitution was practised by poor countries like Indonesia etc. Even today prostitution is practised in ports like Somalia.

With the onset of modernisation this practise was restricted but it continued in poor countries where prostitution is not limited to flesh trading. Today there are some ports where females perform household chores like washing clothes and other work. It’s almost akin to hiring temporary wives.

Today there is huge demand for sea jobs. Very few candidates join this profession willingly as many of them are entering this field only for earning quick money. According to them, shore jobs don’t provide good compensation like sea jobs. The only common aspects are compromising with social and family life completely. Several fake institutes have mushroomed which lure candidates by offering them fake placement offers for two lakh rupees.

Many candidates were conned by institutes as they had to perform illegal activities after getting their first job. Risks of pirates have increased drastically as they hijack ships frequently. They are technically sound and are familiar with the vessels bridge equipment. Bridge equipment’s is one of the sources that help pirates to locate the position of ships. Several safety measures have been adopted by the state government to overcome piracy in seas. Even International Maritime Organisation (IMO) has taken a huge step by implementing Internationals Ship and Port Facility Security (ISPS). Moreover, courses have been introduced to create awareness about security measures. Despite these steps piracy can only be prevented but it can’t be curbed completely. Shipping industries has developed and has offered employment opportunities to many people.

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