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Capt. Terry Ogg published a thoughtful article on safety culture and training on LinkedIn. The title is “Why it's time to deep-six our current safety culture,” but within the article he provides an even better meme: The Whac-a-Mole Safety Game.

 

The meme explains the tendency to simply hit at every possible human error that occurs and to paper it over with new procedures. Capt. Ogg, instead, advocates the cognitive approach. He is speaking about training highly functioning humans who have a desire to stay alive and can figure out how to do that regardless of the situation they find themselves in. To me that is the classic definition of a mariner: A human who goes away on ships and through training, experience and intelligence manages to deal with the natural unpredictability and complexity of the seas and make it back in one piece, and does this time and time again.

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Rik van Hemmen's picture
Friday, November 11th, 2011

Exxon Valdez? Enough already.

 

My sister, Annemarie, who, as an ex tall ship sailor, has good salty connections sent me the words to this famous chantey.

 

So here we go:

 

What’ll we do with a drunken sailor (3x)

Earl-aye in the morning?

 

Hooray and up she rises (3x)

Early-aye in the morning

 

 

 

Shave his belly with a rusty razor

Hoo-ray and up she rises

 

 

Put him in the long boat till he’s sober

Hoo-ray and up she rises

Put him in the scuppers with a hawse pipe on him.

Hoo-ray and up she rises

 

 

Put him in bed with the captain’s daughter.

Hoo-ray and up she rises

Beat him with a cat ‘til his back is bleedin’

Hoo-ray and up she rises

 

 

Put him in the bilge and make him drink it

Hoo-ray and up she rises

Truss him up with a runnin’ bowline.

Hoo-ray and up she rises

 

 

Give ‘im a dose of salt and water.

Hoo-ray and up she rises

Stick on ‘is back a mustard plaster.

Hoo-ray and up she rises

 

 

Send him up the crow’s nest till he falls down,

Hoo-ray and up she rises

Tie him to the taffrail when she’s yardarm under,

Hoo-ray and up she rises

 

 

Soak ‘im in oil ‘til he sprouts a flipper.

Hoo-ray and up she rises

Put him in the guard room ‘til he’s sober.

Hoo-ray and up she rises

 

 

Make him the skipper of an Exxon tanker.

Hoo-ray and up she rises

 

 

That’s what we do with a drunken Sailor,

Earl-aye in the morning

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The Maritime Industry is the single most important driver for the world as we know it today. Before maritime commerce was established, trade consisted of horses and carts on bad roads, and since horses and carts can only move limited amounts of product trade was inherently deeply restricted.

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