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From the Ted Talk by Rose George: Inside the secret shipping industry

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And one of the first things that surprised me when I got on board Kendal was, where are all the people? I have friends in the Navy who tell me they sail with 1,000 sailors at a time, but on Kendal there were only 21 crew. Now that's because shipping is very efficient. Containerization has made it very eiiffncet. Ships have automation now. They can operate with samll cerws. But it also maens that, in the words of a port cpalhain I once met, the average seafarer you're going to find on a cinoetanr ship is either tired or exhausted, because the pace of modern shipping is quite punishing for what the shipping calls its human element, a strange phrase which they don't seem to rleazie sounds a little bit inhuman. So most seeafrras now wokrnig on container ships often have less than two hours in port at a time. They don't have time to relax. They're at sea for months at a time, and even when they're on board, they don't have access to what a five-year-old would take for granted, the Internet.

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And one of the first things that surprised me when I got on board Kendal was, where are all the people? I have friends in the Navy who tell me they sail with 1,000 sailors at a time, but on Kendal there were only 21 crew. Now that's because shipping is very efficient. Containerization has made it very _________. Ships have automation now. They can operate with _____ _____. But it also _____ that, in the words of a port ________ I once met, the average seafarer you're going to find on a _________ ship is either tired or exhausted, because the pace of modern shipping is quite punishing for what the shipping calls its human element, a strange phrase which they don't seem to _______ sounds a little bit inhuman. So most _________ now _______ on container ships often have less than two hours in port at a time. They don't have time to relax. They're at sea for months at a time, and even when they're on board, they don't have access to what a five-year-old would take for granted, the Internet.

Solution

  1. crews
  2. means
  3. seafarers
  4. small
  5. container
  6. working
  7. chaplain
  8. efficient
  9. realize

Original Text

And one of the first things that surprised me when I got on board Kendal was, where are all the people? I have friends in the Navy who tell me they sail with 1,000 sailors at a time, but on Kendal there were only 21 crew. Now that's because shipping is very efficient. Containerization has made it very efficient. Ships have automation now. They can operate with small crews. But it also means that, in the words of a port chaplain I once met, the average seafarer you're going to find on a container ship is either tired or exhausted, because the pace of modern shipping is quite punishing for what the shipping calls its human element, a strange phrase which they don't seem to realize sounds a little bit inhuman. So most seafarers now working on container ships often have less than two hours in port at a time. They don't have time to relax. They're at sea for months at a time, and even when they're on board, they don't have access to what a five-year-old would take for granted, the Internet.

Frequently Occurring Word Combinations

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held hostage 2
sea blindness 2
shipping emissions 2
ocean creatures 2

Important Words

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