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 []

The Spirit of Indian Seafarers To celebrate Independence Day at Sea

The Independence Day has unique feelings in everyone’s heart and the celebrations of this day create an enthusiasm and feelings of nationalism. The decorations all around, various offers from shopping malls and media programs and news brings additional excitement and yes, the holiday, are the more and more reasons to celebrate this day individually and socially. The social gatherings, flag hoisting ceremonies, speech from red fort are the events that everyone associates to. The patriotic songs and music all over the place []

Day of the Seafarer on 25th June 2015

25th June is marked as International Seafarers’ day. This day was instituted by the International Maritime Organization (IMO) to remember the importance of seafarers world-wide.  The Seafarers’ Day provides an opportunity to recognize the contribution of seafarers towards the international trade, their hardship and work environment while they remain mostly away from their families and friends. Besides the hardship a seafarer faces while at sea, let us also recognize the other factors which they come across while on board the ships. Some of []