My book “Merry Mariner and His rudderless Boat”

I am O.S.Rao, a sailing chief engineer with over three decades of sailing experience. I published a book “Merry Mariner and His Rudderless Boat”. I narrated all funny, adventurous experiences and incidents of my sailing and social life. Book is available in,, and Barnes and Noble. In, if you type “Merry mariner” in search, you can download kindle version and read the book online. ( Kindle version Rs 118). Paperback is also available. Please post reviews and comments in []

The Bill Of Lading

The Bill of Lading (normally referred to as BOL or B/L) is perhaps the oldest commercial document used for international shipping trade.  The first of that on record was created on 24th April 1248, for carriage of  ‘twelve full loads of brazil wood and nine of pepper and seventeen and a half of ginger’ from Toulouse to Provence,  for a freight of four pounds and fifteen solidi in Vienne currency.  The term derives from the noun “bill”, a schedule of costs for services []

Day of the Seafarer 2016

This year, IMO’s Day of the Seafarer campaign wants to celebrate seafarers and let the world know how and why seafarers are indispensable to everyone. The campaign theme this year is: “At Sea For All”. The theme has a clear link with the 2016 World Maritime Day theme, “Shipping: indispensable to the world”, emphasising that seafarers serve at sea not just for the shipping industry or for their own career purposes but for all of us – and, consequently, they are also “indispensable []