So they’ve let our motormen go. We never had wipers or oilers. The machinery space is vast: 2 engine rooms, 2 compressor rooms, 2 auxiliary rooms, AHU spaces, 8 thruster rooms, 4 pump rooms… We are doing breakdown maintenance nearly everyday. We’ve been working so hard to get on top of the housekeeping, but there’s just no time left anymore! The rounds still need to be done, the things still need to be fixed, PMs still come due.
How can we be happy, do the work to a high professional standard, feel safe, be confident that we are catching the little things before they become big things if we don’t have the manpower? If everything becomes filthy and disorganised? How can we feel proud and satisfied with our work and workplace? Why does shore-side believe that light, air, water, power, toilets, food storage, and propulsion are not important enough to support? They have the gall to demand that we sanitise ‘frequently touched surfaces’ such as keyboards multiple times each watch, and take away our department members in the same mask-covered breath.