10 How Do Russian Seamen Live?

How Do Russian Seamen Live?

Posted on June 15, 2011 by kulichik

Over the history of its existence the Russian merchant fleet has seen the moments of boom and decline.  Still, many seamen are sure that their profession is the only right choice they could make.

The motor vessel is alongside at the port of Rostov-on-Don.  What you see is not siding but enforcement ribs as the walls of the construction are made of metal.

The Soviet fleet, particularly in the 1950s, 1960s, 1970s and 1980s boomed, but since then many ships demanded restoration.

Thus, the vessel was built in 1972 and saw the last repairs in 1988. Now it is used to the full extend before the utilization. What you see here is a fragment of interbottom space. The condition is absolutely awful.

But it’s not the same for military ships. Their bottoms as 10-20 times thicker that’s why the rust can be preserved for ages and won’t make them lose buoyancy. Besides, the issue of military fleet repairing is taken more seriously.  One more picture with little holes illustrates the condition of the vessel.

In case the holes are more significant in size they are eliminated on-site using a concrete. Thus, in a certain period of time a metal vessel can turn into a concrete one.

If you may think that the fleet is cratered it won’t inflict the river fleet which is actively increased. It is planned to build 30 new and modern vessels every 1.5 year.

This was a part of that ship easily separated from the vessel and turned into the rot.

The shipboard is waiting for arrival of a producer who will be willing to make a movie about an abandoned uranium mine on Mars.

A perfect place for making such a movie as Silent Hill.

Ship premises. The ceiling in the smoking room.

Sailors inhabit single cabins. Around 7.5 US dollars per person are allocated for food consumption.


A sailor is painting the ship including the broadside, bulwarks and workshops.

Such cakes are baked for sailors’ birthdays.

It’s said that real sailors can’t live without the sea for long. Their salaries are high enough and it’s more difficult to get the same money while staying ashore. To start a carrier at sea a Russian needs to get the diploma of a navigator and study English. The first couple of contracts can be concluded with any company available. The next step will be working for a respectable company. The better specialist you are the higher salaries will be got. It is possible to cover the way from the bosun to the chief officer and earn up to 15 thousand Euro per month.

Some time ago the situation on the fleet was not that bright. The salaries were much lower and never paid in time both to sailors and first officers, who spent 6-8 months at sea. Many things changed since that time.

Sailors work from 8 a.m. till 5 p.m. They clean and dry the hold or other parts of the vessel (regular seaman). In case much work is left the working day will end as soon as the work is finished. Keeping the watch may also be required (able seaman).

The crew is busy with lashing.

The pilot room. The appliances are in a good condition though old enough.

Owls prefer migrating by ship.

The steerable wheel.

Launch control center.

The spardeck is the smallest and the highest deck. It embraces antennas, tyfon and GPS appliances. The vessels which are in a bad condition usually sail on rivers as storms at sea can be very strong and detrimental for them.

The fishing port in the city of Nakhodka.The fleet is mainly oriented to the west. New vessels are obtained on the regular basis but due to unfavorable conditions it’s not profitable to be Russia-oriented.

Acceptance of goods at one of the port. The dock and the elevator are in a very bad condition. Meanwhile a new elevator is available but is never used.

The picture of this elevator in Kazakhstan is given for the purpose of comparison.

Another port in Turkey which is also clean and nice.

The problem is that vessels are often used not for the purpose intended. Remember the previous pictures of the old and rotten vessel which is out-of-date? So, it can be engaged in the shipment of wood.

And in conclusion,  a few words about leisure of a seaman. TV, books and laptops are available aboard. But fishing appears to be the main and favorite activity.

A can can be filled with crawfish for 15 minutes at the port in Turkmenbashi.

Location: Rostov-on-Don

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10 Responses to “How Do Russian Seamen Live?”

  1. testicules says:

    Wow. It lookslike the merchant marine of Russia is falling apart. I don’t think I would sail in blue water with any of those vessels. Salt water will wreck any ship. But these ships have been seriously neglected. And the cake looked sick.

    BTW: was that an Iowa class battleship in the mix?

    • EnglishBob says:

      I’ve served on worse, but they’re usually on their final voyage to some breaker’s.

      BTW, it looks nothing like an Iowa class, notice the fo’csle, bridge and stern as well as the lack of the primary armament and general scale. Also, the Iowa class is retired with only one seaworthy vessel remaining and it certainly wouldn’t be in these waters.

    • Jeff Pigden says:

      Not unless you got one through the Dardanelles

      • testicules says:

        The black and white picture(about six images down) with the fortified island, doesn’t have a battleship in the background? I guess I should keep the vodka out of my captain crunch.

  2. Musa says:

    It’s a hard life being a merchant marine, but they do get to travel and are usually surrounded by other men most of the time. So if you like to travel and be surrounded by other mens, you would probably like it.

  3. Mizz... (A) says:

    Think the owl means luck on the travel!

  4. Nikolai says:

    hehe, rusty wessels

  5. oldeafcoot says:

    The fortified island with the battleship in the background is Fort Drum, an abandoned U.S. military establishment in Manila harbor, Philippines

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