Not too much to report. Our workload continues to decline, which is lovely, as my energy level picks up when I have time to care for my floating home away from home. Our schedule has included time off, interspersed with a couple of days of back-to-back cargoes, so there's money coming in and little gripes about the physical plant here get attended to.
So that's a good thing. My employer continues to crank out new vessels pretty regularly, seemingly about one every month or two, so there's never enough people, and, since we're not suppose to use the word 'retard' anymore, I'll just say that there are some new kids in the promotion pipeline that are doing well, and some castoffs from other companies getting hired, many of whom are absolute fucking mongoloids, and some of whom are beyond redemption. There's a good reason some guys jump from company to company their whole careers.
So, typical for the maritime industry, there's never enough labor, and never anywhere NEAR enough talented labor, but so long as it doesn't completely fuck things up, we'll manage with what we have.