cabin, privacy, lock,
seafarers, teambuilding, emergency, emergencies, alarms, life, drunk, bunk,
accomodation, living quarters, porthole, lifejacket, decoration, music, leisure
Privacy in the cabin. Lower ranking crew cabins are
Alleyways separate the sea-facing cabins from the engine room
at the center of the ship
What shall we do with a drunken sailor...? How to wake him up in an
To Lock or to Unlock?
"It is advisable not to lock your cabin doors when you go to bed."
On first hearing this remark I felt a bit disturbed. After all, how do
maintain my privacy? When I have just recently joined a ship, many of
people on board will usually be strangers to me. Can I trust the people
are traveling with me?
Traveling on board ship can be said to be pretty restrictive.
Imagine being adrift in the middle of the vast ocean, with only about
square meters of walking space available. I should, however, be
that I work in the Engine Department, where I get to move around to
practically any nook and corner on the ship, even to spaces that
seafarers do not have permission to enter.
A catering staff may be confined to only the accommodation spaces
other places may be too dangerous to enter. And there will be areas
could jeopardize the safety of the ship if unauthorized people are
And then, the spaces we have, had to be shared by all the people on
that ship. Well, it's good for teambuilding, that we share everything,
it can be something like a chicken coop, where the occupants fight for
Now what is the rationale behind keeping our cabin doors unlocked?
If you are a sound sleeper, it makes sense. Emergencies can happen
although the chances of the ship colliding with another ship or a rock
very slim in the middle of the vast ocean. Still, the advice is meant
There are times when seafarers get drunk, or have turned on the music
their cabins so loud that they are not aware of any alarms, emergencies
announcements on the Public Address System. If you bang on their door,
are totally unaware of it, so engrossed are they in their own private
corner on the ship.
So if the cabin doors can be opened easily, it is a simple matter to
anyone for any emergency.
It's our choice to lock or to unlock. Which one is safer?