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I work offshore in a shipping company in europe. I am among the 2 women in a 50 people office. Man, its tough sometimes - especially with the old guys.


I have been working as a seafarer for over 10 years now. I love the sea, and the pay is good - so I am quite happy with it. The big thing that keeps bothering me - is overwork. The ships manpower always is less, we are constantly short-staffed, and I am constantly working more than I should or can. I know profits are important, but some form of balancing work-life even while we are on the ship will be great.


My underwear used to always disappear onboard. It wasn't just one trip, it was nearly every time. I now have a small bag that I take out my underwear in and I always time when the washer or dryer will finish so I can get to the laundry room and get my stuff as soon as possible. It's really annoying that you can't just be relaxed with it as you would at home. It's such a small thing but it makes me so angry that communal spaces onboard are not the same for everyone

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