Write to be heard: Mr. Bartram one of ‘the greatest’

Mar 11, 2014 by Guest Writer

Mr. Bartram one of ‘the greatest’

Your obit on Joe Bartram is much appreciated for all the truths and visages you portrayed about Joe [“Iconic broker, yachtsman recalled as a gentleman,” page A1, February issue]. It means a lot to me as I worked with Joe and Bruce [Brakenhoff Sr.] and Dick Loh in Stamford [Conn.] at Northrop & Johnson starting back in the late 1950s. They were all the greatest.

Julien Elfenbein, broker

BYS, A Burger Company


Capt. Miller story appreciated

Thank you for the article about my brother, Peter Miller [“Captain leaves a legacy as master, engineer and mentor,” page A1, January issue]. He was well liked by people wherever he was and I think your article captured this. He had friends in Australia, U.S., Asia and I’m sure in other places of the world. He will be sadly missed.

Karl Miller

Management accountant

Aristocrat Technologies Australia


Staff handled death well

Thank you for everything that you wrote about Peter Miller. We all really appreciated how you and your staff handled everything.

Helen Wozunk

A friend


Formula for time off just the beginning

Regarding your survey about crew time off [“Tough to give time off when plans change,” page C1, February issue], the solution I have on our vessel (80,000 miles in four years) is to work with the IMO and Flag State minimums.

* Crew are to receive one day off per week, totalling 52 days per year per crew member.

* Crew are to receive 2.5 days leave per month, totalling 30 days per year per crew member.

* Flag State holidays for our flag total 11 per year per crew member.

That’s a total of 93 days that each crew member is guaranteed off, regardless of schedules. I keep tabs on a simple spreadsheet and, once time accumulates, they get it off in lumps.

I don’t suggest that this applies to all operators. It’s based on the IMO and Flag State minimums, so it’s nothing truly exceptional, except that it guarantees everybody a fair amount of down time.  There are a number of occasions that we’ve run for three months straight without a day off but this puts those long innings into perspective.

Crew have to be stoic about the issue of leave, as salaries are way in excess of anything they would ever make on land. I did the math for a 45m vessel and it is not cost effective for a “small” vessel to rotate crew on a regular basis. As we’re always on the move, I’ve had relief crew do passages and yard time but it inevitably leaves a gap, as the short timers lack the commitment to put in the effort that a permanent crew member would normally make.

I may have a formula but it still requires a lot of juggling to function efficiently.

Captain of a 45m charter vessel

Name withheld upon request


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