DO MARINE ENGINEERS GET TO HAVE MORE SHORE LEAVES THAN DECK OFFICERS..? as deck officers have to supervise cargo loading-unloading during port stay..? do marine engineering also have significant work during port stay..?
Straight answer : NO
Deck officers supervise Cargo Loading-Unloading but their are so many machinery involved in this process that the Marine Engineer is also required for any emergency on-board during cargo-operation.
The right question to ask is do mariners get enough shore leave these days. To tell the truth its really difficult question to answer.
3 things affect mariner's shore leave these days :
1) PORT -
Few ports are friendly and trust seafarers while others have stopped shore leave all together. Your Shore leave depends on the port you visit. In my second last contract we were sailing in Panama and US and almost all crew went ashore in each port we visited (irrespective of the department). In my last contract we sailed in Far East and ports either did not allow shore leave or were very far from the city, result was 2 shore leave in entire contract !!
2) MARINE RANK -
I will keep this simple, higher you move up in the Rank more responsible you are for everything and lesser shore leave. Some companies restrict Captain and C/E to go ashore together and some have other strange rank restrictions.
3) CREW AND OFFICERS ONBOARD -
The more cooperative and professional people are onboard, more one can go for shore leave. Think it this way that you know that all Officers know their job and on top of that the senior officers too are cooperative, Crew understands their duty and everyone knows how to act in an emergency. You are bit assured while going ashore but the same cannot be done with incompetent people.
I will also add one more thing DO NOT JOIN MERCHANT NAVY FOR SHORE LEAVE AND WORLD TOUR. These things rarely happen now. If you want to go on world tour go on your vacations. Trust me not only can you afford these tours but you have ample time to enjoy your vacation as a MERCHANT NAVY OFFICER ;-)