Life at Sea: Part 2




Jeffrey Botchway

Maritime Lawyer


This article explores the ….

Where is the Shipping Market going to?

A question we never got to answer.

The Lecturers loved the 2013 batch of Ports and Shipping students because they participated massively in all courses.

Learning was like a competition, Nick always wanted to top the class, but Solomon and Kwame would have none of that. The enthusiasm shown by these trio kept all lecturers on their toes. You dare not raise a topic you have no knowledge about, this made teaching and learning fun because some lecturers would cunningly throw the questions back to other classmates they knew would not be able to answer just so they could take themselves out of the hot seat.

Fortunately for us, the schedules for some courses were given far before the lectures took place enabling us read ahead of the class and face our lecturers squarely. The only place some lecturers had a power was when they marked exams scripts.

We were regarded by most classes and year groups as “THE INVINCIBLES” because we always seemed to have our way even in sports.

But as our fore fathers rightly said “Everything with a beginning must surely have an end”. We had managed to maneuver our way by answering any question thrown to us in any plausible way till we got to final year. Our Lecturer, Professor Fiademor was now in charge of Ship Business and his skill and expertise in that field of study was highly remarkable. He taught the subject in a manner that made all understand and also answered our questions with so much detail that you will be satisfied and not find the answers daunting in any way.

We tried all we could to put him in a tight corner but it never materialized. Yes, call us enemies of progress, but we truly didn’t want the man progressing smoothly like that. His lecturing game was very smooth which we found annoying because we didn’t understand how a lecturer could elude all our questions with ease, not when we had remained flawless during the entire period in school.

But we had tested his patience for so long, he threw a question when we least expected. I know we are students, but we were really not prepared for this one. An assignment to be graded as part of our programme assessment “Based on your knowledge, understanding, opinion and known facts, write an essay with not less than 1500 word to indicate where the Shipping Market is going?” I mean how?


Life at Sea: Part 1




Jeffrey Botchway

Maritime Lawyer


This article explores the ….

Being in a maritime school was the best thing that happened to most of us.

We got to learn about shipping terms most guys our age probably never knew, experienced life both at sea and on land, went aboard ships for some sailing expeditions. Some students were even lucky enough to hear life changing stories from experienced seafarers who have had opportunity to sail most parts of the earth.

Regional Maritime University, is an international institution set aside to promote the maritime, logistics and transport sector and also to ensure the sustainable growth of the industry in the sub region and beyond.

Yes, some universities always bragged based on past glories and infrastructure, but we stood out with our simple maritime terms and the fact that we had and “controlled” a beach. Time will not permit me to even talk about the full mission engine room simulator (the biggest and most modern in the world)…LOL

Sitting and arguing with “Bozyn” is tantamount to fighting a losing battle, an encounter that could scar you for life or get you wishing you could reverse time just so you could attend the school to gain that bragging rights. You get to hear about “MV MARITIME”, the ship we students didn’t even know existed, the random trips embarked on it. Our ballast operations outside the exclusive economic zone and the fact that all students could singlehandedly man a ship once you graduate. I didn’t even know you were automatically called a Captain once you graduate with a first class till I heard him hyperbolize one hot afternoon.

Life in school was amazing, students offering sea going courses went through mandatory cadetship training and students like me who had the option to choose between working on land or sea got to live a free and more relaxed life.

No, I am not saying the cadets never got to enjoy their lives in school. Aside the fact that they had to go through rigorous training and a fixed and uncomfortable timetable in the early stages of school, they automatically stay in control once they pass out. They got to wear different uniforms recognized and accepted by most security agencies in the country, they even had ranks to indicate their levels as they passed through the school. We practically lived on the same campus as civilians and military personnel.

The Para military training experienced by the cadets is simply amazing, character building becomes a priority. You get to live a more disciplined life which also includes being time conscious, and you also gain valuable skills and experiences that promote teamwork and perseverance and leadership.

There is no way you will go through all these stages in this team oriented environment and not come out with a prepared and motivated mindset for the competitive world, and this my dear readers is something I never regret till date.