This, from a recent Philippine Inquirer article, might raise a smile or two but personal hygiene is a safety issue – poor hygiene can lead to friction, stress and disputes that contribute to accidents aboard ship.
Now, if only they’d do something to bring up training standards and competencies, everybody would be happy.
Filipino seamen smell better than others–TESDA
MANILA, Philippines — The Filipinos’ love of baths has been advantageous to the country’s seafarers in terms of employment opportunities, according to a top official of the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA).
“Filipinos are recognized for their exceptional hygiene and personal grooming,” Roger Peyuan, TESDA deputy director general for field operations, said in a press conference at the Department of Labor and Employment on Friday.
Peyuan added: “This practice of ours has not escaped shipping companies who appreciate nice-smelling employees.”