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Life at Sea: Part 1

LIFE AT SEA: PART 1

STUDYING IN THE REGIONAL MARITIME UNIVERSITY

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Jeffrey Botchway

Maritime Lawyer

Introduction

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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.