I like the title "Maven":
A maven (also mavin) is a trusted expert in a particular field, who seeks to pass knowledge on to others. The word maven comes from Hebrew, meaning "one who understands", based on an accumulation of knowledge.
Yes it is true, I have accumulated knowledge for well over 50 years and I am today passing that on to others in the industry.
I don't mind the young that is open to learn, but there are far too many in high position that try to hide their lack of knowledge and insecurity behind tough talking. One of the thing I do these days is holding small seminars to teach the basics of the Offshore industry to those who come from other parts of the industry into middle and upper management position in offshore vessel management companies and construction companies.
You and many others here will be happy to know that I have decided to withdraw from this Forum now.
No, you have not managed to intimidate me, but I see no reason to expose myself to insult from people without ability to hold a civilized debate, or exchange of views.
I came to this Forum because I read and heard about the El Faro and wanted to find out why a relatively large ship able to make 20 kts. had manage to get caught in a hurricane. I thought there would be somebody here who could enlighten me.
I am active on other Maritime Forums and whenever I have joined I have been wished a warm welcome by other members, but here, instead, I got "attacked" by somebody with no knowledge of who or what I was about. Foreigner is not allowed to ask questions apparently? I was stupid enough to try to explain my background, but that was met by more hostility.
But I'll try again though:
I went to sea at 15, in 1959 and have been at sea, or in the Marine field ever since. The last 41 year I have worked in the Offshore Industry in some position or another and still am, although no longer in any high stress positions.
I those years I have been involved in some of the biggest and most complex Marine Operations ever performed and worked worldwide, from the Norwegian Arctic to Tierra del Fuego, in Africa, Middle East and Asia, incl. Russian Far East and Australia.
I have worked with people of all nationalities, races and levels of sophistication, from illiterate Kanakas and Coonasses, to Dr. Eng. and CEOs and everything in between.
In 1978-80 I was Captain on an American owned and operated Drillship under Panama flag and working in S.E.Asia waters.
The regular crew on board consisted of 19 different nationalities (+local crew wherever we worked) It was a good ship to work on and nobody worried about what nationality you were, only what you were able to do and how you handled yourself.
(Before you ask; yes there were ONE American on board, a Welder who has lived in Singapore for many years and now has his own Engineering Company here)
If I have learnt anything from all those years of varied experience it is THIS;
NEVER judge a person by the nationality of his passport, or the colour of his skin.
Let that be my parting words, although I may look in here to see how you are getting on debating between yourselves, all with basically the same opinion and background.
I will be reading the gcaptain newsletter though and I may post pictures of any American ship I may happen to see on my travels.