All Seafarers Are Rich
One of the most common gripes of Filipino seafarers is that when they get back, everyone thinks that they pick money from trees and are expected to spend it without thought. The truth is, they work hard for their money and they often save for years before they’re able to afford the things they need, such as a house and lot, car, or just a good life for their family.
Many also start out in low positions and have to work their way through the high ranks and receive a much higher salary. This just means that we shouldn’t expect them to spend their money recklessly. Whether they’re really rich or not, their money is still theirs to spend as they see fit.
Maritime Work Is Easy
Honestly, there are few jobs out there that can be described as easy (if ever there’s any) and maritime work is no exception. Some people think that seafarers live a life similar to a cruise vacation. This couldn’t be farther from the truth. Depending on the nature of their work, most seafarers actually have to put in long hours where they have to do patrolling, repairs, and other such types of work. Simply put, it’s not fair to take their work for granted just because it’s something you’re not familiar with.
All Seafarers Are Not Loyal
A long-time issue, but one that warrants discussion. It’s common for people to think that seafarers are not loyal, owing to the fact that they’re away from their families and they have more freedom to do as they wish. However, it’s wrong to generalize a group of people just because of their profession. As with human nature, there are people who are faithful and who are not. This might be the case with seafarers, but it’s also the same with other professions.
These are just some of the misconceptions that our Filipino seafarers face once they come back here. If you’re a wife or a girlfriend of a seafarer, or if you just know one, make sure to be more understanding the next time you see them and you might just make their day!