Sailed as R/O wth Jebbies in the late 70's early 80's, the Risnes, Bernes and Sealnes.Are there any ex Jebsens men out there I was with them for 12 years.
You worked 60 hours but got paid for 40.
Hard working ships with totally inadequate high maintenance Pielstick engines for long sea passages.
I am afraid this was fairly standard throughout the nineties even when they passed out of Jebsens ownership to owners who spoiled you with spares (if that's possible)The "Rocknes" claass if my memory serves me right were made for running as unmanned at night and the engineers had an alarm panel in their cabin.
A tale about that. We get a replacement chief engineer as our regular one got sick. He had been retired and it was a pierhead jump sort of. Was feeling no pain from a few libations when he boarded and signed on and went to bed. We had the required bodies and off we sailed.
It took a couple of days for him to finish his stash and then summoned the second to his cabin.
Davie (the only other engineer) had been running things on his own in the meantime (with the help of a donkeyman the only other E/R staff) and was somewhat tired and upset.
I want to see how the engineeers are said the chief."I am fine chief" said Davie "now you are on the alarm. Went over and turned the panel switch to C/E and left.
Needless to say we got another c/e next port as the poor old guy hadn't a clue.