I find that ships with a crew of mixed nationalities works best. Maybe because I have worked on such ships and rigs myself and never missed a all Norwegian crew.
BTW: I remember inspecting an American owned, Vanuatu flag OSV, where the Master was Filipino, the Ch. Mate American, 2nd Mate Indonesian the Chief Eng. Polish, 1st Eng. Russian and the 2nd. Eng. Ukrainian, with an Indonesian and Pinoy crew. A happy and well run vessel. (I checked my report)
PS> The surprise was to find an American on board at all. Not too many times that happen these days.
Thanks for all the helpful replies, everyone! Funnily enough, I first posted this thread on Saturday, and when I went into the hall again on Monday, I was there when a 3/M slot came through on a RRF turbo activation. So I just got back from my first job, ha. I’m definitely going to keep all of these things in mind, however, in case the union does dry up.
The boom industry within the shipping world is Cruise. Several new ships are entering service every year in all segments of the business, from Mega ships to small Expedition ships for the more adventurous and anything in between.
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