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Shipping company. Their container ships and bulk carriers are seen in ports all over the world.

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      18.05.2011 17:20

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      crap to work for

      have been working under the heel of Maersk since they bought P&ONL. As all agreed standards have dropped dramatically and on board programs are a joke compared to what was in use previously.
      Hours of rest forms are a joke as the master usually alters the entries made so it appears that all is in compliance,bullying threats are made regarding your report if you don't sign.
      Auditors turn a blind eye to anything onboard that would cause a fuss in the office ashore.
      Deck officers normally work 10 or 12 hours a day while engineers work 7 hours a day and then take Saturday and Sunday afternoons off as they are tired.If maintenance is not carried out then system entries are falsified, especially safety and fire fighting gear checks.Otherwise additional engineers are sent out to catch up with the work that has piled up deck officers are left to do the work as necessary
      never underestimate the stupidity, laziness and incompetence of junior officers and crew.I have had an AB claiming not to know his shoe size because his mother knows and he is only 28. After three years of paying for college in the manila, none of them actually attend college for three years, most crew cannot wash,clean, tie knots correctly,splice,chip or paint, speak english correctly or do anything except be completely unashamed about their incompetence. none are interested in training on board as the white officers can be blamed for everything that goes wrong.
      junior officers will often refuse to carry out tasks such as ballasting because 'they dont know how to'in spite of training and months on board.other popular excuses are 'I didn't do it on my last ship','It is chief mates job on this ship' and the classic 'you must do it for me'
      East european officers think that because they have been to 'university' they are competent and now do not need to get their hands dirty or actually go on deck during cargo watch.
      email system is Outlook 97, very 20th century
      There is no system within the company for lodging complaints or acts of incompetence, something most mature companies have in place

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      02.01.2011 10:07

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      Not the company it once was.

      I am a british engineer and spent 6 years working for Maersk within there tanker fleet, the last 3 or so sailing with prodominatley multinational officers and crew. Standards within the company were rock bottom when I left, cheap labour seemed to be taking precedent over well trained competent seamen, it got to a situation where I no longer felt safe working aboard these vessels. Communication was a major problem due to the diversity of nationalities onboard, the working language of the vessels was english but quickly changed to Romanian, Russian, Polish, indian etc, depending on which nationality was in the ascendency.
      Food onboard the vessel was quite often verging on appalling and upon entering my new employment the comments from my collegues were "maersk are renowned for poor standards of food".
      The ships are predominently new tonnage but seem to be built with the ethos of a 5-10 year shelf life before being sold, the majority of vessels I worked aboard were chinese built.
      Standards of accomodation are adequate and cabins were often very generous with regards to space although single beds were the norm.
      Morale onboard the vessels was always very low and it made for a depressing working enviroment, when offshift there was also little in the way of socialising/entertainment, often it consisted of going to your cabin and watching a movie.
      As for the comments of my romainian counterpart below about brits being arrogant, xenophobes and unfriendly, well thats his opinion but I never noticed this during my time there and I have met many good friends of all nationalities and walks of life during my tenure with maersk.
      My passport does not make me any better than you, but my british certificate of competency does!!!! the diversity of nationalities which choose to attend british marine colleges over there own every year is testament to the fact!!! The standards of training within the UK are among the highest in the world! and from working with Romanian officers the vast majority are pretty good too, I was once told by a Romanian collegue that I could buy a chief engineers COC in romania for 3000euros!!!! I guess that you did this, and this is why the british seamen were less than warming to you, because you are useless!

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      09.11.2009 10:29

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      Hello, there...!I am a Romanian engineer and I have had the opportunity to work on Maersk vessels with British officers on board. It is true that on board is not a social life at all but this is not because of "prohibition". I'm fully aware that there are some people with no training or knowledge about what there are doing, but British colleagues are the most arrogant, xenophobes and unfriendly people that I ever met. You think that you are the smartest, the toughest and the best people in the world. I often heard words like "stupid Polish" or "useless Romanian" from my British colleagues. Who gave you the right to behave like this. Just because you have British passport means that you are smarter than me or a Polish colleague? I don't think so!

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      09.11.2009 10:19

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      Hello, there...!I am a Romanian engineer and I have had the opportunity to work on Maersk vessels with British officers on board. It is true that on board is not a social life at all but this is not because of "prohibition". I'm fully aware that there are some people with no training or knowledge about what there are doing, but British colleagues are the most arrogant, xenophobes and unfriendly people that I ever met. You think that you are the smartest, the toughest and the best people in the world. I often heard words like "stupid Polish" or "useless Romanian" from my British colleagues. Who gave you the right to behave like this. Just because you have British passport means that you are smarter than me or a Polish colleague? I don't think so!

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      08.03.2008 11:45

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      What was a good company, now losing it's way

      I also work for the Maersk Company and have to agree with the comments of eilidh s. I have been with the company for a long time and have seen it gradually deteriorate over the last five years.
      Social life is non-existant since 'Prohibition' was established, you are lucky if three of you onboard are Brits. More and more Romanian and Polish officers are being recruited, cheap labour and not always well trained.
      When the company was based in the Isle of Man there was a good feeling of family about it. Then they moved to London and latterly Newcastle, things such as getting relieved on time have fallen by the wayside.
      Promises about Sat TV are made and nothing appears, excuses are made, but we have heard them all before and no longer have any faith in them.
      I certainly wouldn't recommend the company to anyone wanting a life at sea. There are plenty of better options with decent social life. Even BP a major tanker company allows alcohol and a social life.
      The company had a Fleet Survey last August, the third or fourth of these. Previous ones had shown that moral was rock bottom. Strangely we still haven't had the result of that survey. Do the company have something to hide? You bet they do.
      Pay is nothing special, leave adequate, conditions bearable. Food is a case of how good or bad the cook is. Some are excellent, most are mediocre.
      Now there is more bad news in the offing.................but can't speak about it as yet.

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      09.05.2007 00:31
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      Alright but if I could choose again I wouldn't go with them.

      I have been employed by the Maersk Company for almost six years. It is a manning company for Maersk's British fleet of containerships, tankers and offshore supply vessels. They employ officers and cadets from Britain, Ireland, Eastern Europe and South Africa. A couple of years ago the company changed its name to Maersk Marine Services and moved from the Isle of Man to Guernsey but they have remained the same as always.

      I was first employed by them when I went to university and I became a deck cadet. They paid for my tuition fees and then they also paid me while I was at sea but I think now they pay degree cadets all the way through university.

      I am now employed as a third officer with them and while I still find them to be a lot fairer than many of the other companies out there (I can only comment from what I have heard form friends and collegues) however once they have you on a boat it is very hard to get back of again. They promise you so much and yet they never deliver.

      The entire company is dry which has lead to a total lack of social interaction and a depressing level of morale on the ships which is not what you need when you are deep sea. They also seem very reluctant to even attempt to compensate us for this. We have been lobbying for satelite tv and sat phones in our cabins. Other companies have managed to implement these things and we are well aware that there are limitations but they are not budging.

      The standards of the accomodation on the ships are of a high standard but is very basic. Most of the ships are new but there are a lot of teething troubles and it takes up to two years to have the stores all sorted and the enginges working correctly.

      Food is as good as can be expected but don't expect a lot. Once we had to airlift the cook of because he had a heart attack and the Captain and Chief Engineer did the cooking for a fortnight until we could get a new cook.

      The pay and the leave ratios are very good however they usually want you to attend a course while you are on leave.

      All in all Maersk Marine Services are fair and it is very hard to get the sack from them but the trips can be hard work and if you sail with another British officer then you are doing well.

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