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Monday, March 19, 2012

It can't be? Can it?

As we all know the language of shipping is English. I for one can only speak English so i am lucky and in truth I greatly admire the many of you out there who are multilingual able to speak any number of the worlds great languages.

One of the by products of the English centric language of shipping is that many around the world Anglicise there indigenous names in order to make it easier for us westerners who have trouble pronouncing John let alone getting out tongues around Agyalka, Aaminah or Pavankumar.

Some people indeed take on entirely new 'western names" when entering the world of shipping.

This email just through from a shipping company in China - Enjoy


Dear sir or Madam,

Glad to hear that you are on the makert of chemicals of DOP.We specialize in this field for several years,with high qulity and competitive price.

It's my honour to beon serve for you if possible,Sincerity hope to create a cooperation with you.

Best regards
Kobe Bryant
Nanjing Titan Chemicals Co.,Ltd
true story
Wait until ESPN hear about this


  1. Hi dearest VS,

    As you've mentioned previously in your post, a fixing machine could expect to earn 200k USD per annum. I'm wondering how long would it take for a kid fresh out of college with a maritime biz degree to reach that kinda pay? thanks in advance.

  2. Hi

    depends on how good you are

    i have seen someone go from earning 25k per year to 200k in 2 years..

    some on the other hand never get there!