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Re: It's Not Just Containers.....
They also reported that the poor buggers that were doing the dangerous work under appalling conditions were getting paid absolute peanuts. Isn't it nice to see capitalism at work
That tallies with what I've seen: Locals in shorts and flip-flops, gas axe in one hand, goggles in the other.. not someone to mess with! It's quite something to watch them crawl in and cut their way out and their accuracy with the torch is quite incredible. With so many at work on the same piece of ship at the same time it is surprising that they only kill a few a year - usually simply being in the wrong place at the wrong time. Even amidst the sparks flying everywhere, they usually seem to innately know exactly where everyone else is.
The good ones are comparatively fairly well paid - just not by our standards, that's all.
Second, I would venture to guess that all the equipment and much of the electronics aboard is Soviet era and virtually valueless. The Soviets weren't well known for their quality manufacturing.
You'd be surprised. The ship I was on picked up some Delaval oil purifiers for their scrap value from some Russian ship they had up on the beach and I can't recall there ever being problems with them. In my limited experience, Soviet mechanical equipment tends to be grossly over-spec'd and made to run forever.. just not so sure about their electronics.
"Honestly, I don't know why seamen persist in getting wrecked in some of the outlandish places they do, when they can do it in a nice place like Fiji." -- John Caldwell, "Desperate Voyage"