Dear Editor,

I wrote this a few years ago, but I think it’s important to say again today in view of the welfare of our seafarers.

Shipping isn’t just a job, it’s a career and a way of life that’s brought a lifetime of challenges and fond memories for generations.

But that career has changed in recent times. With the introduction of technology, the social dynamics on ships have significantly shifted.

No longer do crews sit together and watch movies or play games, forging friendships and getting to know each other. Now, we tend to sit alone, watching our own devices and playing games solo.

This has a serious impact on our relationships at work. No longer are young seafarers ‘tucked under the wing’ of more experienced peers. They’re often, by their own choice, alone in their cabins. Our lack of human connection on board becomes tangible over time…

Sincerely,

Davor Kapic, Captain

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