“I’m 21 years old and I’m a trainee on this 364m long cargo ship, assisting with the operations, mooring and maintenance on board. I work with 23 other crew members, and they’re all like big brothers to me. You become quite close to the rest of the crew when on board, but the chances of seeing them again after one charter is quite low - given that we have over 28,000 crew members and we get assigned to different trips each time. What’s so unique about this job is that you get to experience all types of climates on one trip. You would go from -3 degrees in Europe to 35 degrees at the Suez Canal crossing. One time, when we were passing through the US, we came across a massive storm. The WiFi got disconnected, so for 10 days we were out at sea with no access to the internet or means to communicate with our family or friends except with a satellite phone. All I can say is it was an interesting experience!”
“I’m from Mumbai, a big, bustling, colourful city with lots of people. So being on board for the past 7 months with just a small group of people has been a big contrast. I always knew that I didn’t want a normal 9 to 5 desk job, that I wanted to do something different. But when I told my father that I wanted to train as a seafarer he got very angry and upset with me. I’m the only son and the youngest child in the family, so I guess he just wanted me to be close to him. I wanted to become a seafarer because I dreamt to travel around the world. Growing up, I’ve always been fond of the ocean. I have some great childhood memories of spending time with my family on beaches and going for long swims. So despite my father’s objections, I still went through with it because I wanted to pursue my dream.”
“I enjoy my job but also look forward to those three months off a year where I can really rest. I’ll be catching up on sleep, eating home-cooked food and spending time with friends and family. I also love to go on treks. Back in India, every weekend I would go trekking with my family. Because of the pandemic, we have not been able to get off the ship and we just get a glimpse of the cities where we dock from afar. Next time I’m in Hong Kong, I would love to also explore the mountains. I really enjoyed seeing the impressive mountain ranges when entering the Hong Kong waters. So far, the only other country that I’ve really visited is Sri Lanka, but I would love to see many more places - Prague, Los Angeles, Las Vegas...!”
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