March, 2012 – Seafarers and the Issue of Riding Gangs

There are several issues that bother seafarers today and the problem of riding gangs is one of them. To put it in simplest terms, riding squads are group of workmen, other than qualified seafarers, working onboard for any specific or general purpose. These groups of people are essentially from a non-marine background and are called in for all sorts of technical and mechanical support. Ideally, these men/women are among the port ship repair workers. However, with changing marine schedules and lesser seafarers, vessels often do not get enough time on ports for necessary repair. Hence, the solution- repairing and maintenance right on the ship.