All at Sea - The Navigator Issue 11

01 Feb 2016 The Navigator

Good day! I’m a deck cadet onboard the vessel MOL Growth.  Today, we received a distress message that four yachtsmen capsized on a boat near Sepetiba, Brazil. All four were saved by our crew. This was very good practice for a young cadet. So good luck,  and don’t forget, safety first!
Dmitry Marushchak, Deck Cadet

I am a Master, currently serving onboard the Ethiopian Flag general cargo ship, M/V Assosa. I was happy to read the issue about CPD. It is a lifelong learning process, which makes us a fully-fledged professional and, above all, human. 
Captain Sileshi Siyoum, Master

I hope it is smooth sailing for everyone! I’m a South African deck cadet, doing my second sea phase on SS Gemmata, a Singapore-flagged LNG carrier. It was always my dream to sail on tankers. The Navigator has been helpful throughout my cadetship. Thanks to technology, I have caught up with all the issues since October 2012 via the mobile app. To all seafarers out there, I suggest you get yourself the app and get up to speed before the hard copy even gets onboard ship.
Bonga Brian Xhakaza, Deck Cadet

I am a trainee Third Officer onboard LNG Clean Ocean. The Navigator is very informative reading. All crew members onboard my vessel wait in line to read each new edition with great pleasure. All topics are always discussed and feedback shared. Great job!
Andrei Romanenko, Third Officer

Professional development is a very inspiring topic for me. Reading about it was like an eye-opener for seafarers. There are many doors open to us, not just at sea but also onshore. I keep myself motivated while onboard by learning as fast as I can, because whatever success we achieve onboard will become our tools, or passport, when working onshore. I salute navigators sharing their comments in The Navigator. They are just like mentors for us; in a simple way, their ideas can change our perceptions.
Joseph Inding Jr, Second Office

’m presently serving as Chief Officer on MSC Joy, a Malta-flagged containership running in the Baltic and North Sea. I’ve read every issue of The Navigator since I was a Third Officer. Being a seafarer is a tough job, taking our time and a lot of nerve, but giving us something special instead, that cannot be put into words. Good seamanship is something that is always upgrading and developing. Sharing this knowledge among my colleagues and shipmates is important to me. It makes us closer; it makes us a crew!
Denis Artyushin, Chief Officer

I’m Third Mate on board the VLCC Watban, a 300,361 DWT tanker, 340 mtrs long and 56 mtrs wide. The remarkable thing about being on a VLCC is when you realise the value of the cargo you carry on a routine voyage. Let’s see: we’re carrying 298,258 MT (95% load), which is 2,104,246 barrels of crude oil. Multiply by $45 per barrel equals about $94.7 million. That adds even more responsibility during navigation and cargo operations! High standards of safety and good seamanship practices are the only things which help to avoid big environmental damage, economic loss – and most important, help to bring seafarers home safe to their loved ones.
Max Khromov, Third Officer

If you would like to get in touch with us, please contact the editor, Emma Ward at [email protected], or look out for the LinkedIn discussion. We look forward to hearing from you.