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The problem of mixed crews

Sailors try not to talk about them among themselves, they are not mentioned in the offices of crewing companies, officially they seem to not exist. But they are! “They” are racial problems in the international crews of ships of the merchant-passenger fleet.

But is it worth it to bring to a wide audience a discussion of this socially sensitive topic? Probably worth it. If only so that our young sailors, who first came to the multinational crews, could somehow avoid these problems, shun them, not get involved in them … If you don’t talk about the problem openly – specially hush it up, then over time it can develop into social issue.

For example, what happened to the problem of prostitution in the former Soviet Union. I, as a sailor, fulfilled many contracts in multinational crews, which included Germans, Poles, Peruvians, Jamaicans, Cape Verdeans, Filipinos, Indians and many, many others, I dare say that the most problematic Of all there are black sailors – natural blacks. And no matter what country they are from, what continent.

The problematic nature of dark-skinned sailors is that so many of them deliberately provoke conflicts with whites, and then complain (and simply say, “knock”) to their superiors and, in part, to representatives of the crewing or shipowner regarding discrimination by their white sailors.

For example, on the Island Adventure passenger liner operating in the coastal waters of the port of Miami, a Russian captain and a senior Ukrainian of all sailors were obliged to go to work in heavy special shoes, the so-called safety shoes.
However, all the blacks from our multinational crew (they were called African-Americans there), frankly, “spit” on such orders of the ship administration and, in principle, defiantly, went to work in sneakers. And none of the commanders dared to fine them, like other sailors, for violating the order. Our commanders were generally afraid to make any comments to the Negroes, because the question of racial discrimination was immediately raised before the shipowner.

At one time, working out the next contract on board the Madagascar passenger ship operating along the coast of South Africa, many times I, as a passenger assistant captain, had to settle conflicts between black flight attendants and a senior Ukrainian flight attendant. The eldest could not get the proper service in the passenger cabins from her black subordinates.
And they complained all the time that she was oppressing them, and they themselves did a lot on the contrary – provoking a conflict. There were some conflicts during my last contract in a very small crew consisting of four Ukrainians, one Russian and one Cape Verdean from the Cape Verde Islands.
The latter behaved excessively defiantly. Especially provocations from the black sailor intensified after the election of Barack Obama by the American president. It is simply impossible to convey in words the fountain of enthusiasm that the Cape Verdean “splashed out” in front of the TV about this.
The black sailor was happy with all his heart, as if his own uncle had been elected president of the United States. From that moment, his attitude to the white sailors in the crew changed dramatically.
He simply shamelessly ignored all the comments on the work of the starpom. Equal positions in every possible way provoked a conflict.
For example, he could occupy both washing machines with his things all day, washing them for two hours five times in a row. Once, passing by, our black “friend” seemed to accidentally push the mechanic when he was doing some electrical work, standing on the ramp, etc.

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