10 THINGS SEAFARERS MUST REMEMBER BEFORE SIGNING OFF FROM SHIP
By Capt. Do Ngoc Hoai
The day of the sign off from the ship is probably the most joyous, adrenaline fueled, hectic as well as emotional for each and every sailor. The days leading up to sign off consists of sleepless nights, relentless packing and a constant state of euphoria! After all, only a seaman can understand what it is to be going home after a long and tedious stint at sea.
However, in the process, seafarers tend to ignore the essential things that are imperative to the signing off. Documents, money and other such aspects become secondary in the rush to get home. Not to forget, the hectic workload at the port of sign off until one’s reliever is onboard makes that day all the more intense. Thus, in order to ensure that the seafarers enjoy the sign off process without jeopardizing what is essential, a few important points must not be forgotten,