Why this profession?
I find it challenging and exciting.
When did you realize this is what you wanted to do?
As a teenager I witnessed my father, brother and uncle (all marine engineers) talking about their experiences on board and visiting various countries of the world.
What’s the best part about what you do?
Being the Commander of the vessel (ship), accepting all the challenges faced during navigation in congested waters / stormy weather and the extremely fast loading (iron ore in bulk) of the vessel.
What’s the worst part about what you do?
Being away from the family and home for extended periods of time.
If I want to do what you do, what do I have to do?
Having passed your Jr. College obtaining 60% in PCM, you have to go through a course of pre-sea training in a certified institute and then be recruited on campus by a renowned shipping company, or the shipping company recruits you and they puts you through the pre-sea training course making you sign a bond for a certain period of time after obtaining your 2nd Mates Certificate of Competency.
A funny incident you recall.
Crossing the equator ceremony: The entire crew are dressed up like pirates with King Neptune as the Head and his beautiful Mermaid beside him to give the novice sailors their forfeits (a sort of mild ragging handed down by the senior seafarers). During the ceremony they are dunked in a drum of waste water and confirmed seasoned sailors.
What’s your typical day like?
My day starts around 0700 hours discussing the proposed day’s work with the Ch. Officer. Walks on deck and the engine room are carried out to see that all the sailors are busy with the day’s work schedule and safety norms are being followed as per the company’s guidelines. E-mails exchanged at regular intervals with the Head Office / Charterers / Port Agents to check for various instructions and also to update them with the vessel’s progress and itinerary. Senior Officers meet at times during the course of the day to discuss the work scheduled maintenance The crew are involved in safety and emergency drills as per IMO/ISM guidelines. After a hard days’ work and good dinner, late evenings are spent reading or watching a movie.
If not a …… then what would you have been?
I joined at an early age and therefore did not think of being in any other profession.
Hobbies / Passionate about?
Sight-seeing / reading / music / movies / sports / social work
What do you think is cool?
Playing an instrument.
What’s not cool?
The mop of hair on my son’s head.
Were you named after anyone?
Yes, I born in the Marion Year, hence the name ‘Mario’
Do you still have your tonsils?
Would you bungee jump or sky dive?
Blue or Black?
What do you fist notice about people?
If you were a crayon –what color would you be?
Scary movies or cartoons?
What book are you reading right now?
Deliver Us From Evil
Music or Movies?
Coffee, tea or Juice?
If you were not a human being, which animal would you be? Why?
Dog – Expressive and Man’s best friend.
Brains or Brawn?
Education or experience?
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