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its hard to describe how a man could left everything he had on land and went out to sea...
its even harder to describe how bright the stars at night and how fresh the cool morning air when you are in the middle of the ocean...
the hardest thing is to describe how close you are to death and how god could took your life at any time...
come to sea and see for yourself...

GOD SPEED AND FAIR WINDS


come to sea and see for yourself

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Tuesday, December 17, 2013

The Tales of A Watchkeeping Officer - Ghost Stories

I had a pat on my shoulder.....at 0500H in the morning....when i was alone on the navigation bridge.......



and yes this is not some joke....it happened to myself in the middle of the South Atlantic ocean....

it was cold that particular morning...just like every other morning, a normal southern winter wind blowing outside while it was like Iceland inside the bridge...cant turn off the air conditioning.

there is no traffic around....another quiet and silent morning, with no stars and moon in the skies..overcast skies were reported in the coming weeks.

it is normal to be alone on the bridge when ship`s are on long ocean passage....since we are short on hands on deck for maintenance and stuff required to be completed by the chief, the helmsmen will be taken off from duty and will be on day work, with provisions that in any case the OOW needs them, he can be called up immediately to assist on the bridge....

back to my story....

i was looking out front, standing close to the integrated panels.....and its a norm to lean your back at the center navigation console with your feet close to the center gyro repeater....its the best position to keep an eyes on thing....

an hour passed without anything exciting in particular apart from the bridge navigational watch alarm that kept on shouting every 12 minutes.....then while gazing through the dark skies....

A PAT ON MY RIGHT SHOULDER....

startled...i turn my head and there is no one around.....i knew for fact that there is no one accept me on the bridge..and there is no sign of entry through the door from the staircase...plus the sliding doors leading to the bridge wings on the port and starboard are kept shut and locked at all times...

i kept myself calm....

in these oceans...it is known that there are a lot of lost souls who perished and shipwrecked....and their souls are or presence are still around...still stuck in this world and unable to get to the netherworld.....still as a Muslim this is not the case of an understanding of souls and spirit....but then i knew for sure that there are other beings that lives among us in its own dimension....

nothing had happened after that....until a few days later....

I HAD ANOTHER PAT ON MY RIGHT SHOULDER

then there was none until the day i leave the ship....
there are a lot of other ghost stories revolves around us mariners....among them was the white lady....the voices in the engine room....the calling of your name on the main decks....there are also stories of how people sees entities in a form of human being in cabins....and so forth...

the ocean are wide and had endless boundary.....many ship and its crew perished since the day man put up sails and cross the ocean to explore new world....many more of them died in catastrophic ways...in sea battles...in treacherous storm...explosions and accidents that sent ships and its crew to the dark abyss....

this is only one of my encounters with the unseen spirits that roams the ocean....
there are more sinister tales....

but that can wait

-come to sea and see for yourself-

Friday, July 5, 2013

The Story Of A Watchkeeping Officer - Back to Sea





I have not wrote as much as i was a few years back so as i noticed for i have been busy with other things while i am ashore...and plus i found that i got stalled halfway while writing..i have lost my touch and my ability to turn words into expression..and a number of writings were now in cold storage,waiting to be written again or to be thrown into the dustbin so to say..

But suddenly...

I got the urge to write again...for now i know that the person i cherish and love the most is waiting for me to write...waiting to hear stories from the seas and far away land..

And so..i am writing

Here in a crappy 4 star hotel i wrote my expression of knowing and having someone waiting for me to come back in one piece from the treacherous ocean and the unforgiving nature of sailing...

In the last 4-5 years in the service...i had never felt so reluctant to leave for another shipboard service...i had never felt so sad to leave my love one...i never had tears running when i had to leave..when i had to see her in tears....when she said how much she care about me...how she rejoice the times we had been together...

And for the first time...i had never went to sea...having the desire to come back....the desire to get into fights about insignificant things...to get into unnecessary argument...to hold our hands while walking together talking about irrelevant things.... to talk all night on the phone...going to places we had never been together..have you on my passenger side showing ways around the city....i will miss all that and i am really looking forward to do that again...

Thank you for all the things that you had done...for all the things we did together...for all the time we spend together....i will remember them...i will treasure all the memories...

Even when i am far away....do remember that i am always close to your heart and to your mind...for even we are apart...we are still living under the same skies...looking at the same moon and counting the same stars...

I will be going now...i will miss you a lot...i hate to go but i have to...

Pray to god that i will be safe...so that i will come back for you...

-only the best men can go to sea...and only the best women can be with the best men-


A Navigator`s Serenade - A Serenade for The One I Love

back to sea



these last four days...
had been really meaningful to both of us
all the small things that we have done
all the memories that i will cherish the most
while i am out there in the open ocean

i will remember
bit by bit
places that we went together
what we did
what we saw
what talked over lunch
for that is the only reason for me to go on

you are the reason for me to come back
reason for all that i done in the treacherous waters
reason for all the risk i took

you are the light that shone the coast
the light that marks fairways for mariners to pass
light that gave hope to me that there is still chance for us to meet again

i will miss you a lot
for my love to you is un fathomed
like the depth of celestial heavens
like the depth of the dark ocean

thanks for all you have done these 133 days we have been together
i will cherish and appreciate it like how i did to the bluest skies


-come to sea and see for yourself-



Tuesday, May 21, 2013

a navigator`s serenade - breaking the silence

a serenade and an entry for her..i got only one you and that is you

let me break the silence
that had been going on between us

i had never did the things that you said i did
i never look for someone else
or did things that you hate the most
for you are always close to my heart

i know that i had been a jerk
for getting my self on a high note
getting mad at stupid things
for thinking that you are getting mad at me

but that does not mean
that i hate you
i love you for what you are
and nothing else
just like how i love the sea breeze
the starry night skies
that reveals the center of the galaxy
and the calm seas that comes together with all of it

we had been apart for to long
and i know it had taken a toll
to both of us
where we rarely see each other
it makes us drifted further and further away

and comes the silence...

i long for your smiles
your laugh and your small talks on things
that made you shine
like the brightest night skies
over the great oceans

i miss your voice through the cellphone
although we talked for hours
and i miss your actual voice
when you are next to me
in my car driving to a destination called nowhere
or maybe at some diner in the metropolis

the warmth of your presence
soothes my soul

your punches that really hurt my shoulder
our small and petty fights
and our massive fights together
i never forget it

your mischievous calls
that always kept me awake at dawn
to remind me my responsibilities

i miss all that
i miss it all
and i will remember all that
and it will always stays in my mind

i don`t meant to leave you alone
for being alone makes me much more
restless and uncertain

maybe you were right
were getting farther and farther away
but as far as i can go on this earth
you are always close to my heart

we are far in distance
but yet you are close

for this are a note to break the silence between us

apart we have been yes i knew,
quite and in total silence yes both we have been these days thus,
i ask for forgiveness for the things that i did for I,
long for your presence that soothes me day by day
all the things that i said to you that puts you in a prolonged melancholia and
had makes us drifted apart

forgiveness is what i seek from you
and affection in adoration are what both of us were looking for
reconcile we should from this fight and
indifference in feelings to eschew while
similarities and commonalities we seek to make things better

-serenade-














a navigator`s serenade - loosing grip

entri jarang-jarang




i have not write as frequent as i had before...way before during the advent of this small blog entries that started five million years ago...

it seems to me that i have lost my touch to write (or to type to be exact)...

every time i open up the catatan baharu....i`ve feel a total emptiness...blanked and saturated

maybe it is because there are too many sites that flourish like mushroom after heavy thunderstorm that pops out here and there everyday...that have more interesting stories to tell...

but that is not the real reason of why i am not writing for quite sometimes...


have i lost interest...?


well its possible....


-have gone to seas and seen for myself-

Friday, April 12, 2013

the story of a watchkeeping officer on holiday - another LIMA 2013....

entri cuti tanpa gaji....




the smell of jet fuels...roaring jet engines and heated tarmacs....plus the never ending sunshine are coming back to Langkawi...and i am again in Langkawi for the excitement of listening to the thundering   freedom of fighter jets flying in dumbfounded and fantastic maneuvers...

from the 26th till the 30th of March...i enslaved myself to the all the jets that were flying over the skies of Langkawi....i enslaved myself and my soul to the LIMA 2013....a revisited pilgrim that i made for the second time after the 2011 event...

here are some of me and my mates stunning photos taken during the 5 days event...

all of us are crazy about it...and were sniffing jet fuels like smoking cigarettes...

hahahahhaa...

Russian Knights in the Su-27UB Flanker C...or    
 something else...                       


looking at the future

the sweet Swedish Gripen of the Royal Thai Air Force



 everyone were amazed by the French flying skills....



 The Taufan Ganas of Smokey Bandits

also here is the American private air refueling corporation....


 checking the canard...



our own Malaysian American....the F/A-18D Hornet...in new light grey scheme

 the Aussies...with the E-737 Wedgetail...

 and also the Russian...with the Ilyushin Il-76

and also the Americans...with their P-3C Orion Maritime Patrol Aircraft...

 not to forget the RMAF mud movers..the HAWK...


and the all time favorite...and also the pride of all Malaysian...the Su-30MKM...the ever feared TEDUNG SELAR....

-come to langkawi next year and see it yourself-



the story of a watchkeeping officer - Panama Canal

entri terusan wan mat saman...

The Bridge of The Americas


after 28 days of ocean passage...we arrive at the port of Balboa in Panama City located at Gulf of Panama..the capital city of Panama and also the Pacific entrance for the Panama Canal..
we anchored for a night when we arrived...and waited for our canal transit convoy orders from the canal authority which is on the next day morning..

most of us on board had never cross the Panama canal..so the atmosphere is full of excitement...

we were boarded by the pilots..the cable handlers and also their supervisors who will be the guys who handle the cables when we enter the 3 canal locks..and headed for the first canal lock, the Miraflores..


clearing the 2nd Miraflores lock...where literally our ship is climbing up to a higher ground

Miraflores had 2 sets of locks each side with 2 lock chambers enclosed by 3 lock gates...where it can accomodate 2 Panamax size ship on both side...

the Miraflores is also the entrance to the Miraflores Lake..which is enclosed by the 2 Pacific locks...

coming from the Pacific...this will be the first canal lock a vessel will enter and here you got the first glace of the intricate working of the lock systems..

we were escorted by two powerful tugs...each stationed forward and aft to assist our vessel in entering the canal and aligning itself straight to the canal entrance before the cable handlers and the locomotive took over..

the locomotive is used to guide and also to keep the vessel straight and steady in the lock chamber...

steel wires were sent from the locomotive to be tied up to the vessel and this is where the cable handlers played their roles

side by side at the Miraflores..further up is the Pedro Miguel lock before going thru the Culebra or Gaillard cut...a series of treacherous and narrow waterways..

we cleared the Miraflores lock and were inside the Miraflores lake..and we`re headed to the 2nd lock...the Pedro Miguel, a single chamber lock that completes the Pacific Locks..

from the Pedro Miguel we were ordered to come alongside at the buoy located 400 metres away from the lock..

we awaited for the southbound transit convoy to clear the Gaillard cut since the cut is narrow and the pilots insist to wait until the convoy cleared before we proceed up north

a Panamax bulk carrier heading southbound..part of the southbound convoy preps itself to enter Pedro Miguel

we proceed up river thru the Gaillard Cut..passing the Centennial Bridge...

that is the closest we can get to the lock chambers...you can put you hand on the walls...that is how close...


Culebra or Gailllard cut is a waterways..cutting through the rugged Culebra mountain terrain...forming an artificial valley..connecting the Pedro Miguel Lock in the Pacific Side to Gatun Lake and then through Gatun Lock at the Atlantic Side...

rain had reduced our visibility....a normality in tropical weather conditions...

we pass thru 7 miles of winding waterways...with mountain rigde on both sides...before coming to the arms of the Chagres River and into the Gatun Lake....

we arrive at Gatun Lock just after sunset...


the locomotive...or the mule as it is known...these are the workhorse of the Panama Canal...the machines that pulls the vessel in and steadies it while waiting for the water to rise up...


again here...the intricate working of the canal took place...the pilots assisted by tugs drives the ship closer and closer to the lock....and then orders the cable handlers to tied the vessel to the locomotives...3 each on port and starboard bow and another 3 both on port and starboard quarter...

they move in unison....bringing the ship inside the first sets of lock chambers....

then they stop....the gates were closed and then...like magic the ship were lowered down like nothing happened....

if going thru Miraflores is like climbing up a mountain..then going thru Gatun is climbing down...provided that you are coming from the Pacific Sides...unless it is vice versa if its from the Atlantic

there are 3 sets of lock chamber each on both sides of the Gatun Lock....and both were occupied by ships...going towards the Atlantic....


that is how close...the clearance...is a hand reach over to the gates....


most of us are first timers through the canal...and everyone is excited to have their photos taken...because nobody knows when are we gonna go through here since due to our  unexpected trade pattern...


maybe im stuck at checking at the vessel and the lock clearance for another god knows when....

-come to sea and see for yourself-
















Monday, February 25, 2013

the story of a watchkeeping officer - pacific

entri across the pacific ocean...and beyond






Nine Mike Lima Oscar Six had a very different trade route....she was destined to carry palm and coconut oils from East Malaysia and the Philippines...take it across the Pacific and have them discharged in the United States..

hearing that this ship is going to the US makes me tremble....the US coastguards...he discrimination among Muslims and Asians....tight security checks....possible terrorist threats.....all those craps...

but i have to face them....have to...because nobody cares about what are we facing and this is our livelihood....somebody have to do the donkey job coz no one else wanted to do it....

after our last port of call in Taiwan....taking in fuel and supplies...we head to the Pacific ocean....a vast open ocean...the largest ocean on this planet...that covers a quarter of the planet surface...contains 70 percent of the total amount of water....with it deepest stretch of water covers 11 000 meters....enough to dip the Everest without no one noticing....

the first two days.....it feels like any other oceans....ships are still around us....coming from the States...going to States like us....

then it started....



you see less ships....

lesser....

and then....nothing....

no ships at all...

nothing on the radio....
nothing you can see on the radar...
not even a glimpse of a ship can be seen around you.....

total emptiness.....


then it came to my mind....the prayers of the Breton`s fishermen....

'O GOD BE GOOD TO ME, THY SEA IS SO WIDE AND MY SHIP IS SO SMALL"

the prayers was so true...honest and humble....and you can see why the fishermen pray to god for his safety...and for the first time i do feel the same as him.....small...

the pacific was so wide...it takes our ship 28 days of crossings....with no land or ship sighted.....
we pass the closest land at 500 nautical miles.....that is as close as we get....

here....you do feel dwarfed by the magnificent creation of god almighty.....and you do feel that after all this times...we have been arrogant to the almighty God....we do...

sea birds and dolphins are the only living things that always playing around our ships...

the ocean are always calm.....since the captain decided to cross way south close to the equator where the weather was fine and tropical storms are rarely seen.....rains and rain clouds are the only visitors that passed us by day to day....

and here in the Pacific...is the place where i have travel to the past and the future...by crossing the International Date Line...where Sunday becomes on the next day the same Sunday and then it became Tuesday on the next day....no Monday....

the life on that 28 days....

it was not as stressful as working on ships on short voyages like the Melati class or the A class tankers....i have ample time to have a look see and for see my task....and even have spare times after all that....

still...working on any ships....it still the same...

we cross the ocean towards Balboa...where from there....another experience awaits...

-come to sea and see for yourself-

Monday, February 11, 2013

a navigator`s serenade - heartbreak one

a heartbreak...

that is what i have done and what i felt now
it crushes
like a massive projectile
that hits your heart
that crumple your ribs
punctured your lungs
and pierced your heart
leaving it into an induced trauma
bleeding
until it stops beating

i know that is how you feel
because i felt the same

-0426 - sunway/putra-

Thursday, January 17, 2013

a layman defense note - Gagah Samudera

entri kapal perang....





tis name the training warship....


Another milestone for shipbuilding industries and also for the Royal Malaysian Navy, Gagah Samudera was launched from the slipway of NGV Tech shipyard in Sijangkang proving that Malaysian can a achieve a feat.

The Gagah Samudera is a training ship built in Malaysia and designed by a Korean shipyard Daewoo.

The hull and superstructure were shipped from Korea before being assemble by NGV Tech in its facilities. By looking at the design, it is not much to say that the vessel had similar lines to the current Kedah class patrol vessel and RMN main surface combatant, the Jebat class frigate.

Owing to similar lines and hull design, shows that this training ship is purpose built to meet RMN requirements for a dedicated for training on surface navigation and principle on warfare for officers and other ranks personnel before being transferred to actual warships in the Armada.

The helideck located athwart-ship are able to accomodate the Fennec or Super Lynx helicopter operated by the Naval Airwing, and giving this vessel traits as a training ship, might also serve as a training platform for principle helicopter operations and landing technique.

Now...

what are the significance of this training ship....

looking at the ship closely...like i mentioned before, it does have lines and designs similar to our PV`s and frigates....suggesting that, if this ship does make it into service, it could possibly lead to something much more interesting within the next few year.

what kind of interesting stuff....

a corvette type warship to fill in the gap when the FAC`s going for retirement or additional PV type warships to full fill patrol duties in our EEZ might be a good guess, all built from the basic design taken from the Korean to build this training ship...

well let us pray that this ship, and the second training ship will be accepted and flying the RMN royal colours....

-Malaysiana Rule the Waves-



Wednesday, January 16, 2013

a navigator`s serenade - colours

entri warna warni bumi tuhan...










the different colorization of the same sunset in the northern pacific

-god almighty owns the seas and the heavens-



suara kasar - bendera rakyat is not a flaq of convenience

entri bendera dan negara....baca dahulu dengan perlahan2 sehingga...baru membuat rumusan dan keputusan...






the people flag

aku adalah rakyat malaysia yg merantau jauh ke negeri orang.dan hampir setiap hari aku.terputus hubungan separa total dengan kisah-kisah di tanah air....

adalah satu kejutan apabila melihat banyak yang telah terjadi ditanah air...banyak perkembangan dan perkara yang berlaku dalam negara...tapi pengkhususan disini adalah lebih kepada senario politik semasa dan pertembungan antara dua kuasa yang mahu terus memerintah dan yang mahu mengambil alih tampuk pemerintahan....

dalam hingar bingar dan kekalutan....aku terpandang satu foto yg memperlihatkan sesuatu yang dipanggil BENDERA RAKYAT....

the old flag that was made new...but was it really necessary to change...

ya...ia dikibar oleh kumpulan manusia yang berhimpun menyuarakan solidariti mereka kepada pemerintah sedia ada....disertai kumpulan politik yang melawan arus semasa....

sekali pandang...ternyata wujud perasaan curiga apabila kibaran bendera rakyat itu saling tidak tumpah dengan kibaran sang saka merah putih yg dikibar tetangga...hatta mirip kibaran bendera tetangga selatan..dengan hanya ada bintang pecah empat belas dan bulan sabit sebagai beza...

iya...pada pertama kalinya ia kelihatan seperti satu penghinaan kepada jaluran sedia ada yg sudah menjadi tanda gemilang negara yg dipanggil MALAYSIA....memperlihatka wujudnya gerakan subversif yg cuba membuat pergolakan dengan menghantar orang2 ini untuk mewujudkan satu polemik....

namun....aku ini mengambil jalan rasional....mencari jawapan sebenar...dari manakah datang bendera yang dipanggil bendera rakyat itu....

10 tahun sebelum merdeka
tekan untuk ke link situs yg dimaksudkan....


ia membawa aku kepada satu situs yang mendokumenkan perjuangan anak2 muda di Malaya sebelum gerakan kemerdekaan yang dicanang di dalam buku teks sekolah menengah...

disitus itu....ia menunjukkan kewujudan bendera rakyat dan versi nya circa 1947 di Malaya ketika itu...yang mana gerakan menentang pemerintahan kolonial sedang rancak...

tanda2 wujudnya saka malaya ini ada....buktinya ada sebelum Malaya merdeka lagi....tepat 10 tahun...ketika UMNO masih belum ada....dan sosialisme menjadi penggerak gerakan menentang kolonial....

Rasional

melihatkan akan adanya nilai sejarah yg pada ketika tulisan ini ditulis...aku menyedari akan kesinambungannya...serta makna mengapa bendera rakyat itu dikibarkan...

ia adalah tanda protes kepada pemerintahan sekarang....dan tanda kebangkitan rakyat

itu adalah amat pasti...

tapi disebalik itu....saya merasa amat sedih kerna ada yang mahukan perubahan kepada jalur gemilang sedia ada....hanya kerana protes mereka kepada pemerintahan sedia ada...

sebagai rakyat Malaysia...tanpa mengira apa jua fahaman politik...lambang negara perlu dihormati....ia adalah jati diri sebagai rakyat sebuah negara....

dan apabila rakyat negara sendiri tidak menghormati lambang negara sendiri...bagaimana untuk kita mendapat hormat dari bangsa lain terhadap kita warganegara Malaysia...

saya merasakan...adalah satu perkara yg baik bila kita kembali merungkai sejarah asal negara...dan belajar daripadanya..mengembalikan sejarah yg sengaja atau tidak sengaja di kaburkan dari mata masyarakat.....

namun menginjak perlambangan rasmi negara adalah tidak patut sama sekali untuk apa jua sebab sekali pun....biarpun asal JALUR GEMILANG itu tidak selari dengan BENDERA RAKYAT....atau bukan dari pelopor gerakan kemerdekaan yang sama sekali pun...ia adalah lambang rasmi negara dan ia perlu dipelihara...tanpa mengira fahaman politik atau pada siapa kita cenderung utk menyokong....

Evolusi


Jalur Gemilang still retain most of its predecessor traits...kredit foto BERNAMA

memperlihatkan saka yg merah putih dengan bintang pecah empat belas itu mempunyai persamaan dengan JALUR GEMILANG yg terus berkibar sehingga kini....tidak salah untuk saya katakan yg BENDERA RAKYAT yg asal itu sudah berevolusi....dari gerakan KMM kepada UMNO dan seterusnya mejadi simbol dan kebanggaan manusia yg warganegaranya Malaysia...

ciri utama BENDERA RAKYAT itu masih ada....bulan sabit dan bintang pecah empat belas dari bendera yg dikibar rakyat Malaya circa `47 dulu masih wujud pada JALUR GEMILANG...biarpun ia memperlihatkan ciri2 americana.....yang mengibar star spangled banner sejak dua ratus tahun pembentukan negara pak cik Sam itu....

begitu juga warna merah dan putih yg ada pada saka Malaya itu ada pada perlambangan rasmi negara kini dengan perubahan pada jaluran tujuh warna putih dan tujuh warna merah berselang seli bersama warna biru gelap yg melatari bulan sabit dan bintang pecah empat belas

...maka mengapa perlu menghina jaluran yg byk kegemilangannya itu....sedangkan ia juga adalah hasil revolusi dari rakyat juga yg menuntut kemerdekaan....yg terus mengekalkan kegemilangannya dari pelopor2 terdahulu....

Bendera itu tidak bersalah


yang amat pasti....JALUR GEMILANG tidak bersalah dalam hal dan isu politik semasa negara..hatta kepincangan mana2 pemimpin sekali pun....dan ia tidak perlu ditukar hanya semata-mata kerana ia berasal dari haluan yang lain..

Saka Malaya itu juga tidak bersalah....cuma ia tidak diiktiraf sebagai lambang rasmi negara pada ketikanya...tapi hadirnya dalam sisi sejarah negara tidak boleh diketepikan...malah harus di ketengah dan diketahui masyarakat akan kewujudannya....

apa bendera sekali pun....bukan satu tindakan wajar untuk rakyat sendiri menghina perlambangan rasmi negara....

yang perlu dipersalahkan adalah sesiapa yg anda rasakan perlu diturunkan dari pemerintahan...atau dikekalkan pemerintahannya.....itu adalah pasti....

jadi biarkan lah sang saka malaya menjadi sejarah dan biarkan jalur gemilang terus berkibar....



To The World
the merchantmen pride

part of my line of work is to maintain my vessel....flying Malaysian flag and registered in Malaysia to maintain its high standard of safety and conformance with international and flag state requirement in all aspect.....

this is to avoid any detention or remarks of non conformance by third party inspections or port state the ship is visiting...thus at the same time keeping a good name for the flag it carries...

many of us Malaysian landlubbers did not know this...but our line of work had a very close relations to the flag of the vessel....even more to vessel flying a Malaysian flag...

a part from being part of the global network of trade....a good track record in 3rd party inspection and port state inspection not only gives good business ratings...but it also reflects the flag state of the ship...

this is how us....Malaysian seafarers respect our flags....by keeping high standard of qualities in every aspects....so that the flag is not tarnished by bad records and observations that will effect the flag state of the vessel it self....

having to know that some people wanted to change the flag...for some political drives makes me sad...for it shows that what we have been doing before were not known by others outside the industries....

and to show to those who wanted to change the flag....this is our flag that you want to remove....which is flying on almost a thousand plus ship registered in a country called MALAYSIA...


the Malaysian Merchant Ensign


please....do what ever you want....but don`t change the flag....its our pride and joy...it is what drives us and reminds us of where we belong regardless of who and what will become of Malaysia....while we are out in the open ocean which is a no mans land...or in a foreign far away nations.....





its our identity....dont remove it....

-come to sea and see for yourself-











Sunday, January 13, 2013

the story of a watchkeeping officer - kudapan minda

entri keje kuat sempena internal audit....

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bekerja di kapal perlukan minda yg amat stabil....bukan otot yg kuat atau six pack di abdomen..

ini adalah hakikat yg hakiki tentang tugasan mate...x kira la 3rd kaa...2nd kaa...chief kaa....karena di jaman ini...minda yg amat stabil perlu untuk menghadap pelbagai keperluan dan ketetapan yg tiap2 kali perlu di patuhi bagi mengendalikan kapal dengan selamat.....

ramai yg tak tahu apa saja berkenaan kapal ini ada rukun dan undang2 nya...dan ini bukan rukun atau undang2 yg orang2 kapal yg bikin...tapi kehendak industri, negara bendera dan juga sharikat perkapalan sendiri...

aturan seperti turun dek perlu lengkap dengan personal protective equipment, merokok dilarang di geladak,memakai sarung tangan setiap kali bekerja,itu ini itu ini itu ini..... bukanlah aturan yg dibikin kapten atau pegawai2 nya....yg wujud di kapal saya tapi tidak dikapal lain...ia adalah satu aturan global yg merentasi semua sharikat perkapalan tanpa mengira port of registry mahupun kewarganegaraan....

aturan2,rukun2 dan ketetapan2 ini wujud seperti gerakan masonik atau illuminati...cuma ia menjurus kearah kebaikan dan kesejahteraan anak2 kapal sendiri...karena jika tiada aturan ini...maka ramailah yg menjanda dan menjadi anak2 yatim tidak berbapa atau putus tunang dengan tiba2...

ya...bekerja di kapal perlu ada disiplin...perlu patuh pada aturan dan ketetapan yg telah diwujudkan....hatta membuang air besar juga perlu disiplin...hanya buang tinja dan bukan benda2 yg tidak patut ke dalam saliran kumbahan....

di jaman modena ini....terlalu banyak ketetapan dan rukun aturan perkapalan yg perlu dipatuh....apalagi ketetapan dan rukun aturan berkenaan kapal2 tangki...yang arakian lebih dahsyat dan lebih ketat aturannya...

ini hakikat yg hakiki....pegawai2 tugasnya nampak mudah....nyaman tempat kerjanya ada pendingin hawa...walau kadang2 perlu berpanas dibawah terik mentari...sehingga basah keringat...atau membeku dibawah paras beku...tapi seksanya bukan pada tubuh semata2...tapi juga pada minda sedar dan bawah sedar....

andai ada satu dua perkara dari aturan2 dan rukun2 ketetapan yg tidak dipatuh...maka kesannya bukan pada diri semata2 tapi juga seluruh sharikat....dan jika kurang bernasib baik...maka ia memakan diri...malah mungkin akan mencabut nyawa mereka yg tidak bersalah....

beban ini besar ya amat....

ini hanyalah secebis dari selautan perkara....

-bukan senang untuk senang....-