Newsletter December 2010

HEALTH – Personal Hygiene – Dr. J. Mathew, M.D., Dr. Suparna Banavar M.D

Personal Hygiene goes a long way in keeping healthy and preventing disease. Here are a few simple but easy measures that one can adopt and practice on a daily basis.
Preventing the spread of disease

Bathe daily.
Wash hands frequently.
Cut fingernails short and keep clean.
Wear acceptable head covers- persons with hair longer than six inches should wear hairnets.
Wear clean uniforms.
While preparing and serving food, wear plastic disposable gloves.


After visiting the toilet.
On entering the food room and before handling any food or equipment.
In between handling raw and cooked food.
After combing or touching the hair.
After eating, smoking, coughing, or blowing the nose.
After handling waste food or refuse.
After handling / cleaning chemicals.

Nose, mouth, ears

Persons with bad colds should not handle open food.
Disposable single-use paper tissues are preferable to handkerchiefs.
Avoid nose picking and scratching.
Avoid chewing gum, tasting food with finger or an unwashed spoon.
Avoid spitting.

Cuts, boils, skin infections

Cuts, spots and sores provide an ideal place for bacterial multiplication. Cover all lesions with waterproof dressings with extra protection waterproof fingerstalls.


Hair must be shampooed regularly to avoid dandruff.
Food handlers should wear suitable head cover. Hairnets are also recommended.
Combing of hair and adjustments of head cover should only take place in the cloakroom.

Smoking should be strictly prohibited because of the following reasons:

Cigarette ends and ash can contaminate the food.
People touch their lips whilst smoking and they may transfer harmful bacteria to food.
Cigarette ends contaminated with saliva are placed on working surfaces.
Smoking encourages coughing and droplet infection.
An unpleasant environment may be created for non- smokers.

General Health: (For food handlers)

Food handlers should be in good health in all aspects from oral hygiene to general fitness.
Any food handlers suffering from diarrhea, vomiting or a food-borne infection must not handle food until medical clearance.
Persons with skin infections, sores, heavy colds and ear or eye discharge should be excluded until medical clearance.

Some desirable work habits to be followed by food handlers to prevent personal contamination are as follows:

Spoons, knives and forks shall be picked up or touched only by their handles.
Cups, glasses and bowls shall be handled so that fingers and thumbs do not contact inside or lip contact surfaces.
Can openers must be disassembled, cleaned by washing after each use, and sanitized. While opening cans and other containers care must be used to prevent contact with the food by removing lid contaminants from falling into the can.
Slicing of all foods, particularly protein foods should be done by machine whenever practical. Use of gloves to hold foods as slicing proceeds is compulsory to reduce the amount of contact by hands.
Food mixing should be done in an automatic machine whenever practical or in a sanitized bowl. Salads should be mixed by tossing greens and/or other ingredients with basting spoons, never with bare hands.
If tasting of food is required, the spoon or other utensil shall not be re-used for any other purpose until sanitized.

Follow a ‘clean-as-you-go’ policy, maintaining neat and orderly work areas, closing containers after use, and returning items to the proper place of storage. Cooking surfaces should be wiped free of spills using disposable paper, if available. Any cloth material used for such purposes shall be clean and used for no other purpose and disposed off immediately. Keep paper and food off the floor.
The effectiveness of sanitation is directly related to the competence and co-operation of food service personnel.


An old man lived alone in a village. He wanted to spade his potato garden, but it was very hard work. His only son, who would have helped him, was in prison. The old man wrote a letter to his son and mentioned his situation –
“Dear Son,
I am feeling pretty bad because it looks like I won’t be able to plant my potato garden this year.. I hate to miss doing the garden, because your mother always loved planting time. I’m just getting too old to be digging up a garden plot. If you were here, all my troubles would be over. I know you would dig the plot for me, if you weren’t in prison.
Love, Dad”
Shortly the old man received this telegram –
“For Heaven’s sake, Dad, don’t dig up the garden!! That’s where I buried the GUNS!!”
At 4 am the next morning, a dozen FBI agents and local police officers showed up and dug up the entire garden without finding any guns.
Confused, the old man wrote another note to his son telling him what happened, and asked him what to do next.
His son’s reply was Go ahead and plant your potatoes, Dad.. It’s the best I could do for you from here.

LIFE ON BOARD – KITCHEN CHAMPS OF LPG/C SYLVIE: Contributed by Capt. Sankalp Gautam, Master onboard LPG/c Sylvie.

Amidst the hectic schedules of the good lady, as the vessel was getting two consecutive Sundays at sea after a long time, Master decided to organize a very unique & fun filled competition in which none of the crew has ever participated before at Sea!! “The Kitchen Champs” cooking competition. Ships staff were randomly divided in two teams with C/O & 2/E as team leaders and each team to organize an extravagant lunch on alternate Sunday’s, with varieties of cuisines sufficient enough to last up to Dinner.

A 100 marks score card was set by the Judges which was so wisely distributed in 10 different categories such that even if the guys mess up with the cooking, they still have chances to score better in other fields like Dinning room decoration, salad presentation, background music, minimum leftover,dish washing & galley cleaning, etc. This was a welcome break for CCK & Mess-man as they were given an entire day’s off, though the team mates kept ringing their door bells the whole day for their expert advise. The jury comprised of Master & his family, C/E, CCK & Mess-man. A cash reward was announced so as to pump in the enthusiasm & zeal for those who were burning their hands for the first time in their lives.

As decided with a Toss, Team B was to cook first, followed by team A on next Sunday. Prolonged Meetings were held amongst the team mates to decide on the Menu and both teams started really early in the morning on their respective day of cooking for exhibiting their skills. While few of the team mates cooked with passion & professionalism, the others just discovered and unleashed the hidden chef inside them. The recipes and words of wisdom from the families & friends back at home kept pouring in till the final garnishing was done.

The delicacies prepared exhibited the vivid colors and true flavors of a diversified & vibrant India, ranging from authentic Punjabi dishes to south Indian Platter.

Finally the gala Lunch prepared by both the Teams consisted of Mock-tails with starters, wide range of salads and Main course and the distinguished desserts. Set amidst the glitzy decorations, dim lights and the groovy music, the aroma & mouth watering dishes tempted everyone to break loose, freak out and eat as much as they can for a double bulge on their belly.

Team B who cooked first set a very contemporary example of Fine Dining and gave a very stiff competition to team A who while cooking second, surprised everyone with their culinary skills and finally out-rated team B with a marginal difference in Final scores.

The scores were kept secret and were announced at the end of the event. Finely scripted Certificates, trophy and the cash reward were handed over to the winner’s & runner’s up and the event ended with a cake cutting ceremony by the members of the Winning team.

This distinctive event of a lavish feast at Sea recharged the spirits on board and will be memorized & mesmerized by all for long.


On her voyage from Ocoa Bay, Dominican Republic to Bonny ,to celebrate the grand success of COMMON WEALTH GAMES in INDIA , the Crew Members of LPG/C RONALD N organized the CWG-CREW WELFARE GAMES – THE BATTLE OF CHAMPIONS’.

The CWG conducted, comprised of Table Tennis Tournament for Singles and Doubles and a Basket Ball Match. To streamline the tournament of Table Tennis two teams were formulated, namely ‘PROPANE’ and ‘BUTANE’. After series of matches the ‘Chief Officer- Manoj Kumar’ emerged “The Ultimate Champion” while ‘Electrical Officer- Narinder Singh’ stood the “Runner up”.

The Basket Ball match was conducted amongst two Teams: ‘REFRIGERATED’ & ‘PRESSURISED ‘ The REFRIGERATED TEAM led by 3rd MATE –KARAN KAUSHAL conquered the PRESSURISED TEAM led by 2nd MATE – ERROL NORONHA and bagged the title for ‘THE ULTIMATE WARRIORS’.

Later on to mark the grand success of CWG-CREW WELFARE GAMES conducted onboard the prestigious LPG/C RONALD N prize distribution ceremony was conducted, in which the MASTER – CAPT. MILIND M. KARKHANIS, of the vessel congratulated the winners and handed over the valuable prizes to the ‘CHAMPIONS’.

Poem – Sailors in Heaven

Last night as I lay sleeping
I died or so it seemed,
Then I went to heaven
But only in my dream

Up there St Peter met me
Standing at the pearly gates,
He said “I must check your record
Please stand here and wait.”

He turned and said “Your record
Is covered with terrible flaws,
On earth I see you rallied
For every losing cause.”

I see that you drank alcohol
And smoked and partied too,
Fact is, you’ve done everything
A good person should never do.

We can’t have people like you up here
Your life was full of sin,
Then he read the last of my record
Took my hand and said “Come in.”

He led me up to the big boss and said ”
Take him in and treat him well”,
He worked in the shipping industry
He’s done his time in hell.”

Parivaar is now ANAVI: Bernie Mendonca Secretary ANAVI

During the month of December 2010 a record 3 visits were made to our Homes and Schools.


It was with great pleasure that the ladies of Anavi attended the wedding of one of the girls of this school – the marriage was arranged by the school authorities as the girl had completed her education there. ANAVI donated clothes for the bride and groom and the members attended the wedding and also gave personal gifts to the couple. The wedding was well arranged and everyone enjoyed the same.


During our last visit to this Home we had promised to give the inmates Bengali story books and magazines as they love reading. This was done duiring the month of December and around 90 magazines and books were donated to the Home – the inmates were very happy and thanked our group profusely. May they enjoy many good hours of reading.


This was a Christmas visit to the school and the girls were very happy to meet us again. We gave them new school uniforms, a Harmonium and a Box of snacks – they entertained us with songs and dance and we also got a friend to sing songs for them. It was an enjoyable visit and a perfect end to the year 2010.
We look forward to the New Year 2011 where we shall continue giving and caring for the less fortunate. We are grateful to all our benefactors and AESM Management for supporting us during the past year. May God bless all of you.

LIFE ON BOARD – Pacific Harmony

With utmost pleasure the staff of “Pacific Harmony” would like to share some interesting events on board LPG/C Pacific Harmony in the month of November 2010.

Saturday 21st

After completion of the regular drill session, A Safety quiz was held on board in order to motivate the crew to keep up-to-date with requirements of what is expected in view of vetting and PSC inspections. The winners who were chosen for a safety award were FTR Mr. Vathada Satish Kumar Chandra Shekar and AB Gian Paolo.
An immersion suit donning competition was held to ensure that crew is able to don it within the required time limit. All the crewmembers and officers participated with great enthusiasm and were able to don within 45 secs, i.e. well within required time limit of 2 mins. The winners who were chosen for a safety award were Olr Mr. Dihan Guillermo de Grano and Messboy Mr. Arevalo Ernesto Jr. Andasan.
At the end of the session, practical demonstrations on fire extinguishers and interesting discussions regarding the safety quiz and explanation of detailed SCBA procedures carried out and crew encouraged to report any unsafe act/findings as a right and responsibility.

Sunday 22nd

A Sports eve was celebrated consisting of the following events:

Basketball tournament (Winner: OLR Mr. Ramses and his team)
Archery competition (Winner: 2/E Mr. Shriyush Thakur)
Sack Race (Winners: 2/O Mr. Kalpak R and OLR Mr. Ramses)
Egg & Spoon Race(Winners: Messboy Mr. Arevalo Ernesto and 3/E Mr. Maheshkumar C.)
Single leg – hopping Race (Winners: 2/O Mr. Kalpak R & Messboy Mr. Arevalo Ernesto)
Frog jump race – (Winners: AB Mr. Mahinay, Aner Anabe 2/O Mr. Kalpak R)
Tug of war.- (Winners: C/E Mr. Pramod Kumar and his team)
Gala dinner with rollicking music and dance.

Winners were given prizes to encourage enthusiastic participation. Awards were also given for best cabins (Winners OS Mr. Labor Chris and Cadet Mr. Sagar Rajendra Kankhare) as well as, thanks giving prizes to chief cook Mr. Yu Rowell and 3/O Mr. Rishi Sarin for their dedicated efforts in organizing such a glamorous event.

Birthday celebrations:

We have made a standard practice to celebrate all birthdays on board with a cake cutting, get-together and music by some of our own talented musicians during morning tea break. We had the privilege of celebrating birthdays for the following gentlemen in this month:
02nd Nov OS Mr. Basara Alfredo Jr. Igharas
06th Nov OS Mr. Labor chris Radaza
27th Nov C/O Mr. Chandra Prakash Gupta