Ask the expert – seatime what to expect
Q: I’m going on my first sea time phase, what should I expect about living onboard?
A: Your living conditions will depend on the vessel/ship type, but there are a few things that are useful for every cadet to know before you go onboard. The most important thing to remember is that the ship is not just a workplace – it’s
home for you and the rest of the crew onboard. You will be in a shared living space, so there will usually be a certain level of conduct expected. A good rule of thumb is to clear up after yourself – keep your cabin and the living space tidy (though you shouldn’t have to clean up after everybody else!) – and also be conscious of the hours of work and rest, as during your waking hours others will be resting. Most of what is expected will be common sense but the Merchant Navy Code of Conduct, which was co-created by Nautilus, is a good guide. It covers everything from punctuality to duties, treatment of accommodation, behaviour towards others and company procedures